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Ethiopia and the things of Caesar and God

Ethiopia _ Chruch _ State _ Abebe Gellaw
Abebe Gellaw

By Abebe Gellaw

In his recent televised address, in front of his own cabinet, Prime Minister Abiy declared what he called the three main challenges facing the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church. According to him, they are “politics, theft, and racism.” Violating the clear separation of church and state, he tried to undermine the Church by raising such issues which are beyond the realm of his political mandates.

If he has credible evidence of theft or embezzlement within the Church, he can discretely report the matter to law enforcement. If politics is a problem, injecting divisive political rhetoric into the Church will only aggravate it. If there are allegations of racism, a cardinal sin in a unifying church, they must be thoroughly investigated and addressed per the doctrines and regulations of the Church. The Prime Minister’s involvement in anything concerning religious institutions is neither his job nor his mandate.  

The Prime Minister then proceeded with promoting his group’s agenda. His call for worship in individual mother tongues within the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church undermines the Church’s historical role as a unifying force that has brought people together regardless of language, ethnicity, or culture. It is noteworthy that mosques in Ethiopia use Arabic for worship and prayers, and Catholic services still use Latin. Would this also be a concern for the Prime Minister? Hopefully, that is not the case.

The idea of worshiping in one’s own mother tongue is rooted in the belief that it allows for a deeper connection and understanding of the religion and its teachings. There is nothing wrong in worshiping in one’s own mother tongue. It should be promoted and encouraged. The argument is that worshiping in a language that one is fluent in helps in creating a more personal and intimate relationship with the deity, which in turn leads to a greater sense of spirituality and devotion. However, when it comes to the church as a national entity under a legitimate synod, creating splinter synods for every ethnic group is a highly sinister motive aimed at undermining the sacrosanct nature of the church.

The use of a universal language like English has facilitated a sense of community among diverse groups of people from around the world. It allows people to hear the same messages, sing the same songs, and participate in the same activities, thereby creating a shared experience. The use of different mother tongues in worship, while it is important to some extent, can deepen personal spirituality. But it also has the potential to create linguistic and cultural barriers within a religious community.

In countries like Ethiopia, ethnicity has deeply ingrained itself in every aspect of society. The Church has never been immune from the toxic infection. This is also a major challenge for the church, as it strives to promote unity and bring people together under the message of the gospel and the cross of Christ. Unfortunately, some individuals, including the Prime Minister, seem to be bent on using language as a tool to incite division and create further strife within the church. By focusing on language, these individuals are disregarding the unifying power of faith and using it to further political and ethnic agendas. The argument that every ethnic group needs a synod because TPLF created one is irresponsible and counterproductive which can potentially tear apart the fabric of the church.

What is happening these days creates a situation where language becomes a source of conflict, rather than a means of communication and understanding. The focus should be on spreading the message of the gospel, rather than on political or ethnic affiliations. By doing so, the church can play a critical role in bringing people together, promoting understanding and peace, and fostering a sense of community and belonging.

Amharic has come a long way to become a national language. Over the years, it has evolved into the lingua franca of Ethiopia, serving as a common language for people from different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds to communicate with each other. That means Amharic belongs to the whole of Ethiopia, not just Amharas, as English now belongs to the whole world, not just English people. This is a testament to the power of language to bring people together, breaking down barriers and promoting unity. However, despite its status as a national language, some may still cling to the notion of Amharic as a language of the Amhara people and use it as a means to further ethnic divisions. The Prime Minister also did the same thing citing the use of Amharic in Amhara region, a creation of the ruling party. For that matter, neither Amhara nor Oromo regions belong to one linguistic group. The ethnolinguistic regions irresponsibly allotted to certain ethnic groups, in a diverse nation where over 80 ethnic groups live, are in fact a major source of conflict, mass killings, and displacement since their inception.

No language in the world is superior or inferior to others. But some languages have transcended ethnic, and cultural boundaries more than others. Politics aside, it is important to recognize and acknowledge the evolution of Amharic into a national language enriched by all Ethiopians. It is the only language in Ethiopia that transcends ethnic and linguistic boundaries.

Prime Minister Abiy’s recent speech advocating for worship in one’s mother tongue is not only misguided but also counterproductive. Even if the issue he raises could be important, it should not be the subject of his televised dictations. Such divisive language from a political figure like the Prime Minister has the potential to fan the flames of division and aggravate conflicts, rather than promoting the ideals of inclusiveness and unity that the church represents. Moreover, it is not appropriate for a leader to inject such politically charged and potentially inflammatory rhetoric into an autonomous religious institution. Such speeches have the potential to further inflame ethnic tensions and create division, especially in a country like Ethiopia where ethnicity has long been a destructive force causing mass killings and displacement.

The Church has a rich and long-standing history as a unifying force within the country. This has been achieved through its role in bringing together individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds under a shared spiritual and cultural umbrella. The Church has served as an anchor of continuity, providing a sense of community and belonging to its followers and promoting values such as unity, compassion, and peace. Despite the challenges faced by the Church over time, including political and social divisions, it has remained steadfast in its commitment to fostering unity and promoting a shared sense of purpose among its followers.

By injecting his rhetoric as a politician, the Prime Minister is not only overstepping his boundaries, but he is also providing legitimacy to a government-formed synod that has the intention of undermining the church and its leadership. This intervention violates the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. It is also a threat to the independence and autonomy of the church. A leader’s primary responsibility is to bring people together and promote unity, not to sow the seeds of division and ignite ethnic tensions. It is a serious dereliction of duty for a national leader to use his platforms including the media, the cabinet, the parliament, or his party to foment divisions and animosity.

It is unacceptable for politicians to interfere with the affairs of the church, especially when it has a rich history that dates back to the 4th century. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has always been a unifying force, bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. The government should stay out of church affairs and respect the decisions made by the synod, rather than trying to interfere and create chaos. The church has been a source of stability and hopes for the people of Ethiopia, and this must remain unchanged in the face of political interference. It does not mean that the church is a perfect entity. Far from it, it has its own weaknesses and failings including the slow pace of modernization that must be addressed within its institutional framework.

But the Prime Minister has no mandate whatsoever to give any orders to the synod or even a local church for that matter. The recent decision of the synod to excommunicate the splinter synod, which was engineered by the blessing of the ruling party, should be respected. This decision was made to preserve the integrity and unity of the church, and it should not be disregarded simply because it goes against the government’s political agenda. The government needs to prioritize the well-being of the church and its members, rather than its own myopic political interests. After all, churches and mosques are the last bastions of unity and national cohesion in Ethiopia. The consequence of dividing the Muslim community by the previous regime has contributed to its downfall.

It is imperative that the government must respect the autonomy and independence of the religious institutions and desist from interfering in their internal affairs. These institutions are spiritual entities with their own beliefs, values, and practices. They have the right to govern themselves and manage their problems without outside interference.

The government’s unhealthy interference not only undermines the credibility and integrity of the Church but also fans the flames of division and ethnic tensions, which is not in line with the church’s mission of unity and peace. Interfering in the church’s affairs only serves to detract from the importance of the church’s role in society and its historic contributions to the betterment and stability of the nation. The government should uphold the principles of religious freedom and respect the autonomy of the church. As the saying goes, it is foolish to start a fire just to see the blaze.

Trying to do so by abusing one’s political and ethnic leverages will only have severe consequences. The failure of leadership is far worse in the corridors of power than in the corridors of the church. That is exactly why Ethiopia is in such a big mess.

It was Christ himself who said: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17). As a political leader, the Prime Minister is dealing with the things of Caesar. But the church is focused on the spiritual realm. The two are clearly separate and should never be intermingled.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Abe, Thank you so much for coming out strong related to the infantile PM’s divisive comment on our beloved Church, EOTC.

    May God continue to bless you and may He also bless Ethiopia.

  2. Abebe,
    You must be seeing a reflection of yourself in Abiy. You condemn Abiy for using church for political ends. You do similarly by grinding a political axe in support of the Orthodox church (read: Amhara hegemony).

  3. Ethiopian Orthodox Church, unlike other Orthodox Churches, is a political tool for Amharas. Evangelizing has never been their issue. They accumulate weapons in the churches and gadams supply Fanos( a cannibalist group that is murdering Oromos in their homeland). We can appoint our Bishops in Oromia.

  4. The Orthodox Church originally had its roots in and belonged to the ancient and civilized nation of Tigray. It is Tigrayan and that is why it is known in the world as one of the ancient ones. The church is the gift of the ancient Tigray nation. Thus, neither the Amharas nor the Oromos need to quarrel and fight over its ownership or an institution that is not theirs. The conflict between the two (Amhara and Oromo) over the church shows their lowest stage of social and spiritual development. They need the consent and approval of the right owners of the church (Tigray nation) to use the institution.

  5. “””His call for worship in individual mother tongues within the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church undermines the Church’s historical role as a unifying force that has brought people together regardless of language, ethnicity, or culture”””””

    You mean God don’t want to be served with English , Polish, Kunama, Adere,Guragigna , Afaan Oromo and all nonAmharic languages. Where did you find this notion ?

    ዉሻን ምን አገባት እርሻ ይሉ የለ አንተ ቦለቲካ ፈትፍት ስለ ሃይማኖት ምን አገባህ ፥ነገሩ አማራ የሆነ ሁሉ ጴንጤም ሙስሊምም ቢሆን ለጎሳው ጥቅም ሲል እየደነፋ ና እየተነፋረቀ እያየን ነው፤ አይገርመንም፤፤ጌም ኦቨር ጋኔን ጎታች፥ ጌም ኦቨር ነፍጠኛ፥ ጌም ኦቨር ጉበኛ ፥ጌም ኦቨር ሳይጣን አምላኪ ጌም ኦቨር ፥ጌም ኦቨር ፥ጌም ኦቨር ፥ጌም ኦቨር ፥ጌም ኦቨር ፥ጌም ኦቨር ፥ጌም ኦቨር ፥ጌም ኦቨር ፥

    ጌም ኦቨር ጌም ኦቨር ጌም ኦቨር ፊዉዳሉ ነፍጠኛ የደም ሥራቹ ተበጣጠሰ፤ሓዋርያዊ ተልዕኮን አጣጥላቹ ስለሆዳቹ የምትሰብኩ ቀሚስ ለበስ ቁራዎች፤፤የተላካችሁበት መልዕክት አጥፍታቹ ስትሰክሩ አድማ ስታሳድሙ የተገኛቹ ሥጋ ለበስ ቁራዎች፤፤ለሥልጣናቹ ለጉቦ ሕዝበ ክርስቲያኑን እርስበርሱ ልታጨፋጭፉ እየቀሰቀሳቹ ነው፤፤የመንግሥት ዉሳኔን እንደግፋለን፥፥ተስማሙ ተነጋገሩ ተብላችሗል፤፤እናንተ መንግሥት የኛን አባቶች እንዲያስርላቹ ፈልጋቹ ነበር፥፥አልሆነም፥፥እርር በሉ፤፤
    ታላቁ የነቢያት አለቃ ፓስተር ዮናታን አሁንም ይናገራል፤፤ይፈረካከሳሉ፥፥በትዕቢት የተወጠሩ ይበታተናሉ ይላል፥፥እሰይ ስለቴ ሰመረ ጠንቋዮች፥ጋኔን ሳቢዎች፥መልክዓ ሳጥናኤል ደጋሚዎች ሲበታተኑ አሳይቶናል፥፥በእጅህ(ጉቦ ይዘህ) ነው በእግርህ የመጣኸዉ እየተባለ አገልጋዮች የሚዘረፉባት የሙስና የአድማ የጥንቆላ ቤት አርጋችሗታል፥፥በፍንፊኔ ሀገረ ስከት ብዙ አገልጋዮች እንቀጠራለን ብለዉ ሲያበቁ ገንዘባቸውን ላልሆነ ሰዉ ሰጥተዉ ሳይቀጠሩ ቀርተዋል፤ገንዘባቸውም የዉሃ ሽታ ሆኗል፤፤በፍትሐ ነግስቱ ዓንቀጽ ፬፣ ቁጥር ፶ መሰረት የግብፅ አለክሳንድርያ ቤተ ከርስትያን ለ፩፷0 አመታት ያህል የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ ቤተክርስትያንን ሹማ በመትልከው ሊቀ ጳጳስ አማካኝነት ስታስተዳድር ቆይታለች። ይህም ዓንቀጽ እንዲህ ይላል፥
    ‘የኢትጵያ ሰዎች ከዐዋቂዎቻቸው ወገን በራሳቸው ፈቃድ ሊቀ ጳጳሳትን ለራሳቸው አይሹሙ። ጳጳሳቸው ከስክንድርያው በዓለ መንደር ስልጣን በታች ነውና። ከሊቀ ጳጳሳት በታች የሆነውን ሊቀ ጳጳስ ከእርሱ ወገን ሊሾምላቸው የሚገባውም እርሱ ነው’
    ግብፃዉያን ጳጳሳት የኢትዮጵያን ሃብት ለ 1600 ዓመታት ሲዘርፉ ኑረዋል፤፤በሗላም ነፍጠኞች በግብፃዉያን እግር ተተክተው ለዘመናት ኦሮሚያን ሲመዘብሩ ቆይተዋል፤፤አሁን እነዚያ የነፍጠኛ የፈንጠዝያ ና የዘረፋ ቀናት ላይመለሱ ተሸኝተዋል፤፤ሰንኮፋቸውም ተነቅሏል ደም ሥራቸውም ተበጥሷል : ላይጠገን ተበጣጥሷል ፥፥እልልል፥እልልልእልልልእልልልእልልልእልልልእልልል

    ጌም ኦቨር ጋኔን ጎታች፥ ጌም ኦቨር ነፍጠኛ፤ጌም ኦቨር ነፍጠኛ (አዝማች በመሆኑ በእያንዳዱ አረፍተነገር ስር እየሰነቀሩ ያንብቡት)

  6. የትግራይ ኦርዶቶክ ተዋህዶ ቤተክርስቲያንን አባቶች ና ምዕመናንን ይቅርታ ለመጠየቅ ወደ ትግራይ ሊያቀኑ ነው የተባሉት የነፍጠኛው ሲኖዶስ አባላትእነርሱ በባረኩት እና የገንዘብ ድጋፍ ባደረጉለት (ስንቅ በሰነቁለት ሰይጣናዊ ጭፍራ) የጅምላ ዕልቂት በቤተክርስቲያናችን ና ምዕመናኗን ላይ ብቻ ሳይሆን መላው የትግራይ ሕዝብ ከሕፃናት እስከ አረጋውያን የዕልቂቱ ሰለባ የሆኑበት ነው ፥፥ቤተክርስቲያናትና ገዳማት ብቻ ሳይሆኑ መስጊዶችም እንዲቃጠሉ ተደርገዋል፥፥ስለሆነም ሃይማኖትም ሆነ የፖለቲካ አመለካከታችንን ሳይለዩ ሁሉንም ትግራዋይ ይቅርታ መጠየቅ እና የተበደለው ሕዝብ መካስ አለባቸው፥፥የሰረቁትን የከበረ መስቀል፤ጥንታዉያን የብራና መፃሕፍትን፥ ሌሎች የሕዝቡ መገልገያ የሆኑ የግልም ሆነ የትግራይ መንግሥት ንብረቶችን መመለስ አለባቸው፥ ሲታጠቡ እስከ ክንድ ሲታረቁ ከሆድ(ከልብ)እንደሚባለው ተረት(አባባል)ያገቱትን ሕዝብና ንብረት መልሰው፥ ከወረሩት መሬታችን(ምዕራብ ትግራይ ወጥተው)፥የሰረቁትን መልሰው፥የበደሉትን እስላም ክርስቲያን ሳይሉ ካሳ ከፍለው እና ለዚህ ሁሉ ፈቃደኛ ሁነው መሆን አለበት፥፥ከኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ አማኝ ትግራዋይ ጋር በረሀብ ና በጥይት ያለቀው፥ለነፃነት የታገለው ሃይማኖት ሳይለይ ሁሉም ትግራዋይ ስለሆነ ፥ሁሉም ይቅርታ ሊጠየቅ ካስ ሊሰጠዉ ይገባል፥፥ይህ ሲባል ግን ቤተክርስቲያናችን የደረሰባትን መከራ ለማጣጣል አይደለም፥፥ሁሉም ትግራዋይ በትግራዋይነቱ የደረሰበት የጅምላ ፍጅትና የሁሉም ትግራዋይ ተሳትፎ ለማጉላት ነው፥፥አንዳንዶች የሲኖዶሱ አዲሱ ወደ ትግራይ የሚደረገው ጉዞ የወንጌል ቃልን የተከተለ ሳይሆን የአቢይ አሕመድ ትዕዛዝን በማክበር ነው፥፥የነፍጠኛው ሲኖዶስ በመንፈስ ቅዱስም ሆነ በቃለ ወንጌል ሳይሆን በቦለቲካዊ ና ኢኮኖሚያዊ ግቦች የተቃኘ የተስፋፊዎች ስብስብ ለመሆኑ አጠያያቂ አይደለም፥፥ወደ ትግራይ የሚደረገዉ የነፍጠኛው ሲኖዶስ ጉዞ በተስፋፊው የሰሊጥ ነጋዴ ጎንደሬ ሳንሱር ያልተደረገና የማይደገፍ ነው የሚሉም አልጠፉም፥፥ሲታጠቡ እስከ ክንድ ሲታረቁ ከሆድ(ከልብ)እንደሚባለው ተረት ከልባቹ ከሆነ ያገታችሁትን ትግራዋይ የወሰዳችሁትን መሬት መልሱ ፥ስላወደማችሁት ንብረት ና ላደረሳችሁት አካል ጉዳት ካሳ ስጡ፤፤ልትገድሉና ልትዘርፉ መጥታቹ ባዕድ ሠራዊት ታክካቹ(ታካቹና ታዝላቹ)መጥታቹ ስታበቁ የአማራ ክልል ስለወደመ ይቅርታ ልንጠየቅ ይገባል ትላላቹ፤፤ብልፅግና የትግራይ ሠራዊት እርምጃን ለመግታት ሲል እነርሱን አገኘሁ ብሎ የናንተን መሬት በድሮን እና ከባድ መሣሪያ ህውሃት በልግስና የሠጣችሁን ክልላችሁን አዉድሟል ስለሆነም ደረሰብን ስለምትሉት ሁሉ አቢይንና ካቢኔውን ብሎም የራሳችሁን መሪዎች ተጠያቂ አድርጉ፤፤በክልልቹ ለደረሰዉ ሁሉ የራሳችሁን ተጠያቂነት እንዳለበት እንዳትዘነጉ ስንል እናበክራለን እንመክራችሗለንም፥፥ ለስልጣን እና ለገንዘብ ሲል ምዕመናኑን አልቅሱ፥ማቅ ልበሱ፥ለሰማዕትነት ተዘጋጁ እያለ ሽብር የሚነዛዉ ማህበረ ቅዱሳን ተብየዉ አሸባሪ እና ሆድ አደሩ የሲኖዶሳቹሁ አባላትና መሪዎችን ልብ ይስጣቸው፥፥አ።።።።ሜን!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I didn’t know how privileged I was and how disadvantaged the non-Amharic-speaking students were till I was forced to leave Ethiopia and attend courses in foreign languages.

    Listen, Ethiopia is a marvellous mosaic of 86 ethnics. Each ethnic deserves education and services in its language – wherever resources permit. Religion is no exception!

    Had the EOTC really cared about preaching the Gospel to all the 86 ethnics, it had had the time and the resources. Yet, it chose to serve only in Geez, Amharic, and Tigrigna.

    Look, here is the view of the Abba Sawiros Group (ASG) : youtu.be/ilmx-0fmR_I?t=193 I have also watched Abiy’s clip! So, what is Abebe’s opposition of Abiy & ASG about?

    In part, the ASG said: “We have appointed bishops who speak the local languages to STOP the Orthodox Exodus to other churches that conduct services in their languages. We ask the EOTC Synod to accept their appointments…” Is that divisive & EOTC Coup?

    • i_Mognu

      These excommunicated bishops of Amhara synod want to invade our resouces and withdraw all our riches in a similar manner that Coptic church bishops were stealing our resouces for 1600 years.

      በስሜትህ ላይ አትመስረት፡፡ በህይወታችን ላይ ስልጣን ሊኖረው የሚገባው የእግዚአብሔር ቃል ተስፋ እንጂ ስሜቶቻችን ሊሆኑ አይገባም፡ሥጋዊውን ሰው መመርመር ሲችል በሥጋዊ ሰው ግን አይመረመርም::but Amhara synod are waging war on our bishops, they dislike reconciliation and spiritual humility.
      መንፈሳዊው በዓለማዊዉ አይመረመርም ጳውሎስ ለሥልጣናቸው ና ለገንዘብ ሲሉ በክርስቶስ ወንድማማችና እህትማማች የሆኑትን የአንድ ቤተክርስቲያን ልጆችን ለዕልቂት ያነሳሳሉ፤፤ይህ ሁሉ የኦሮሚያን ሀብት ለመዝረፍ ነው፤፤ቀላል ገንዘብ አይደለም በየወሩ ና በየክብረ በዓሉ የሚሰርቁት፥፥አማራ ክልል ጥራጥሬ ብቻ ነው የሚሰበስቡት፤፤በአንድ ታላቅክብረ በዓል በአማራ ክልል ተሰበሰበ ከተባለ ከስምንት መቶ እስከ አንድ ሺ ብር(800-1000 ETB) አይበልጥም፤፤ከአንድ ክልል ይልቁንም ከሁለት ዞኖች የመጡ መሪዎች ራሳቸው ቀለዉ የቤተክርስቲያኗን ታሪክን አበላሹት አሳፋሪም ታሪክ እየፃፉ ናቸው፤፤ጳጳሳትን በትውልድ ቀያቸው እንዳይቀበሩ መከልከል ከወንጌል የተገኘ ይመስላችሗል ፤፤ፀብና ጥላቻን በሕዝበክርስያን (ወንድማማች እህትማማች)መካከል የዘሩ የአመፅ አባቶች ናቸው፤፤የቤተክርስቲያኗ ትልቁ ሥልጣን ክህነት ነው፤፤ፕትርክናም ሆነ ጵጵስና የማዕረግ ሥያሜዎች(የአስተዳደር መዋቅሩን የሚመሩ አባቶች ስያሜዎች)ናቸው፤፤አንድ ሲኖዶስ(ጉባኤ)አንድ ፓትርያክ የሚል ቃል በወንጌል አልተፃፈም፤፤በሗላ ራሳቸው ለራሳቸው ሥልጣን ሲሉ በሥርዋፅ የሰነቀሩት ነው፤፤በግሪክ ፓትርያርክ ማለት አባት አለቃ ማለት ነው፥፥ያሻቸውን ሲሽሩ ሲለውጡ አንድ ሲኖዶስ ማለትም ጉባኤ እያሉ ሕዝቡን እርስበርሱ በሃይማኖት ሽፋን ለሥልናቸው ሲሉ ያናቁሩታል፤::
      Abraham is also considered as a Patriarch of Israelites, being progenitors of 12 tribes of Israel.
      Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, or any of Jacob’s 12 sons, the eponymous progenitors of the 12 tribes of Israel.
      Abraam: Abraham, the Heb. patriarch
      Original Word: Ἀβραάμ, ὁ
      Part of Speech: Proper Noun, Indeclinable
      Transliteration: Abraam
      Phonetic Spelling: (ab-rah-am’)
      Definition: Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch
      Usage: Abraham, progenitor of the Hebrew race.
      NAS Exhaustive Concordance
      Word Origin
      of Hebrew origin Abraham
      Definition
      Abraham, the Heb. patriarch
      Ancient Greek: ·(Judaism and Christianity) a patriarch (the father or chief of a race) 300 BCE – 200 BCE, Septuagint, 1 Chronicles 27.22 Act.Ap. 2.29 Act.Ap. 7.8 Ep.Hebr. 7.4· (Christianity, as Πατριάρχης in titular use) a patriarch (borne as a title by the bishops of Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch, and Alexandria)
      patriarch (n.)
      late 12c., patriarke, “one of the Old Testament fathers,” progenitors of the Israelites, from Old French patriarche (11c.) and directly from Late Latin patriarcha (Tertullian), from Greek patriarkhēs “chief or head of a family,” from patria “family, clan,” from pater “father” (see father (n.)) + arkhein “to rule” (see archon). Also used as an honorific title of certain bishops of the highest rank in the early Church, notably those of Antioch, Alexandria, and Rome. The meaning “the father and ruler of a family” is by 1817. We underline you the fact that Patriarch is just a honorific title given to a priest who manages the church at a highest ranking level , but we don’t find in the bible underscoring the presence and appointement of only one patriarch and one synod. This one synod and and one patrairch is a canonical law(which can be amended any time as opposed to Dogma and teaching of the Christ(Bible)), interposed(የሰነቀሩት ሥርዋፅ ነው) by selfish leaders who were not willing to share their power to others. Coptic bishops prohibited Ethiopains NOT to appoint their own patriarch . You will find it in Feteha negest(በፍትሐ ነግስቱ ዓንቀጽ 4፣ ቁጥር 50 ).
      Coptic Bishops even dare to cite “Psalm 68:31 KJV – Princes shall come out of Egypt;” as if we are supposed to accept their dictatorial and corrupted stance by not appointing our leaders.The samething happens now. Amhara bishops who succeeded Coptic bishops, who were stealing our resources for 1600 years, now excommunicated our Bishops for only on the account of their religious zeal to use Afaan Oromo and for fighting corrupted amhara synod.

      for the accuser(Mahibrekidusan and amhara synod) of our brethren(Bishops of Oromiyaa), who accused them before our God day and night ;Revelation 12:10.

      1 Corinthians 2 :15.. መንፈሳዊ ሰው ግን ሁሉን ይመረምራል ራሱ ግን በማንም አይመረመርም However, Amhara synod left to worldly court to accuse our fathers as they see their satanic incantation and excommunication didn’t work out for them. They could not find the government on their side .
      የናንተው ጳጳሳት ወደ ፍርድ ቤት የመጣነው ለክስ አይደለም ግን ዕገዳ እንዲጣልባቸው ነው ይላሉ፤፤መንግሥት በሃይማኖት ጣልቃ መግባት የለበትም በመንፈሳዊ ፍርድ ቤት ነው የምንዳኘው ትላላቹ፥፥ነገር ግን ፍርድቤቱ የክርስቶስ አይደለም የመንግስት ነው ባልሳሳት፤፤የሊቃነጳጳሳቶቻችንን ፓስፓርትና የሂወት ታሪክ አሳልፋቹ ለዩቲብ ነጋዴዎች የሰጣችሁት እናንተ አይደላችሁም እንዴ ???አብይ አሕመድ በቅርብ ጊዜ ባደረገው ንግግሩ ከናንተ የተሻለ ሚዛናዊ መሆኑን አሳይቷል፤፤እርቅ የማትወዱ የሀሰት ካህናት ናቹ፤፤ለሥልጣናቹ ብላቹ ማቅ ልበሱ የምትሉ የዘመኑ ስሞናውያን እና ፈሪሳዊያን ናቹ፤

      Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 Be Reconciled to God by reconciling with your brethen , Bishops of Oromiyaa and work for the betterment and expansion of the Gospel of the church not for your monetary benefits!!

      Soon After a meeting held between Abiy Ahmed & TPLF leaders, Fano leaders are on suicide watch .We are looking fixdely security cameras to save their lives.According to the church laws , OBSEQUIES are NOT performed for those who commit suicide , many be EOTC synod will help these fanos leaders because they are the one who gave the church yard for fanos to do military training and sponor their killings of non-Amhara ethnic groups.

  8. Go away Abebe we don’t need you anymore. Useless. The EOTC can stand on its own. The other blathering nimrods on the comment box are just that dum dums.
    The sex offender Mr. AKALEWOLD and his backers Abiy are going down in flames. The other Mr so and so individuals who claimed to have been given authority it’s like a group of monkeys making each other gorillas. It changes nothing they are still primates. LMAO

  9. If God wanted only Amharic and Geez, why did he create the other languages? If the church knew language is becoming a tool of division, why did it not address it early on. The church has been too lazy, happy with its statosquo and collecting gifts. These splinters are a wake up call to a sleepy synod. Look at how Vatican modernized catholicism. Orthodox synod has been decaying from inside. They got complacent, and have been losing believers to other religions! Its one thing to believe in an Orthodox God, another thing to oppose or support as to how the beaurocracy is run.

  10. The EOTC liturgy has always been in Geez. In fact, only parts of the service is conducted in the mother tongue of the parishioners. Interestingly, parts of the service were translated into Amharic only very recently. The EOTC scholars can attest to these incontrovertible facts.

    In the USA, the EOTC serves its communities. The Mass has been translated into English and available in some Churches on tv screens so American parishioners and members of the Church can follow and understand the service.

    We hope and pray that our English only speaking American parishioners do not rise up and demand for the Synod to split and create An American, English only speaking Synod to serve the parishioners who do not understand Geez, Amharic, Tigrigna,Afan Oromo or any other language and appoint English only speaking Archbishops and a Patriarch in the future.

    By the way, the Quran is in arabic. Next are these ethnofanatics going to demand an Alan Oromo speaking Imam?
    What kind of political leader and followers deliberately work on destroying the social, religious fabrics of a nation built and developed for thousands of years before the arrival of their demigod party chairman and primer?????

    Sorry to burst your bubbles defunct TPLF buffoons and clowns , and soon too be defunct PP buffoons and clowns. Both Orthodox Christians and Moslems have lived in Ethiopia for thousands of years with close to 100 generations, thousands of years before the arrival of EPRDF/ TPLF, and PP. They will also live for thousands of years more and for generations to come with the Grace of God.

    Now tplf and pp cadres, collect your party manifestos, fall in line, get into your separate ethnic buses , V8s, bandwagons or whatever, AND GET LOST, ETHIOPIANS NEED TO GO BACK TO WORK TO PAY FOR YOUR V8s AND VILLAS .

  11. “ታላቁ የነቢያት አለቃ ፓስተር ዮናታን አሁንም ይናገራል”

    አይ አለማወቅ!!!! በአሁኑ ዘመን ኢትዮጲያ ውስጥ በጣም በሚገርም ሁኔታ በካራቴ አጋንንት የሚያወጡ: በሞባይል ስልክ ከክርስቶስ ( logic ይሰራል ወይ በሞባይል ስልክ ከጌታችን ጋር : በኢትዮጵያ ቴሌ ኔትወርክ??? ለግዜው ከአገልግሎትውጪ ነው:: የደወሉላቸው ደምበኛ መስመር ስለተያዘ እባክዎን ትንሽ ይጠብቁ::) ጋር ተገናኘን የሚሉ: በቅዠት ህልማቸው : ለሌላው ክርስቲያን ማህበረሰብ ውድቀትን የሚመኙ: በሚያስገርም ሁኔታ የብልፅግና ( ትክክለኛው አፃፃፍ የብልግና ነው) ፓለቲካ ፓርቲ አቀንቃኞች እንደ ጉንዳን ፈልተዋል:: ብልህ የሆነው የኢትዮጲያ ህዝብም እነዚህን “ታላቅ ነቢያት”ሳይሆን: የሃሰት ነቢያት ብሎ ጠንቅቆ አውቋቸዋል::

    በ1980 ዎቹ እንደ አውርፓዊያን አቆጣጠር: በተለይም በአሜሪካ televangelists የሚባሉ ተስፋፍተው የየህዋዎችን : በተለይም የምስኪን አዛውንትን ገንዘብ በእርዳታ ስም በድጎማ ስም ሲዘርፉ ሲያታልሉ: ለተንደላቀቀ ኑሮ ለራሳቸው ምቾት ሲቀሙ ሲነጥቁ ከርመው ነበር:: ብዙዎቹ አወጣን የሚሉት ጋኔን የውሸት እንደሆነ ፓስተር ነኝ ባዪ ከመድረኩ ሲጮህ ሩቅ ከፓስተሩ ተከታዮች ጋር ከተቀመጠው ግን አስቀድሞ ከተመሳጠረው ጋኔን የሚወጣለት አስመሳይ ተዋናይ ጋር በearphone መልዕክት እየተለዋወጡ መሆናቸውን በጎበዝ ብልህ investigative reporters ( መርማሪ ጋዜጠኞች) ለህዝብ ተጋልጠዋል:: ለፍርድተክሰው ቀርበዋል::

    ለትምህርት እንዲሆን ያህልም Jim Bakker ቴሌኢቫንጄሊስት የሚለውን google በማድረግ ቅኑ: የዋሁ ኢትዮጵያዊ አንብቦ ይረዳ::

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