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Four Archbishops in the Tigray region of Ethiopia excommunicated over heresy 

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Members of the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (Photo : EOTC /file)


The Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church on Wednesday excommunicated four archbishops in the Tigray region of Ethiopia over what the Ethiopian church said is a heretical practice. 

The decision came after the Holy Synod held an emergency meeting over the illegal appointment of nine episcopates.  

His Grace Abune Isaias – Archbishop of Mekele Diocese, His Grace Abune Mekaryos from Aksum Diocese, His Grace Abune Merja Kristos from Adigrat Diocese, and His Grace Abune Petros from Shire Indaselassie Diocese  were excommunicated and stripped of their clerical authority over illegally, as the Ethiopian church says, appointing nine episcopates to serve in the Tigray region and in four other discs in the diaspora.    

Also the nine newly appointed episcopates are stripped of their spiritual title and restricted from using church service. 

The church’s decision is based on Article 5 of sub-section 138 of the spiritual code of the church.  

The Ethiopian church said it is confirmed from reports from Tigray regional media that the four Archbishops ordained nine episcopates and their actions cheated Christians in the country and overseas, and in so doing were indulged in heretical practice. 

There were reports that the four archbishops were emboldened by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which started the two years war against the Federal government when attacking the northern command of the Ethiopian Defense Force,  to break away from the Ethiopian Church and form a separate ethnic Tigray patriarchate.  Some political observers tend to see that as one of the preparations on the part of the TPLF leaders to declare independence from Ethiopia. 

When His Holiness Abune Mathias led a delegation in early July 2023 to Mekele with the aim to meet the four Archbishops the latter turned them down. His Holiness and his delegation were even unable to enter the church for prayer. 

The four archbishops in Tigray seem to have based their decision on the basis of political, economic, and social experience during the two years war between the TPLF and the Federal government rather than differences over religious doctrine.

The Ethiopian church has been saying that it had been doing its part to avert war before it happened and for the restoration of peace after the war broke out. The church also called for the archbishops in Tigray to meet and share their perceived grievances in person. 

This is for the second time that the Ethiopian church faced what appears to be politically motivated moves to divide the church along ethnic lines in less than six months. In January 2023, three archbishops from the Oromo region of Ethiopia attempted to form an ethnic-based patriarchate to be based in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. The action led to bloodshed and dozens of faithful were killed, including by Oromia region security forces, while defending the unity of the church. 

Sister Orthodox Churches from Egypt and Russia condemned the move to divide the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church along ethnic lines. 

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has been calling on the Ethiopian government and Tigray region interim administration to enforce the law and stop the Archbishops in Tigray from what the church said is illegal action. 


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  1. Subject: ” Four Archbishops in the Tigray region of Ethiopia excommunicated over heresy”, August 2, 2023

    Humble Reaction,
    a) Here we go again solidifying what we all think about Ethiopian/Tigrayan relationship.

    b) For sure, there will be skirmish, killing etc based on Religion

    c) In actual fact, however, it has to to do with individuals of the highest educational level that are the catalyst for the
    disintegration of an ancient independent country in history. Squarely, they are the catalysts. Power is their basic intention
    — not analytical research for the economic development of ETHIOPIA, in totality.

    d). Ethiopia is heading to unheard horror of horrors . It won’t be long.

    e). The most shocking of shockings that we will observe is the friction for powers by HOLY PRIESTS !?!?!?!?!?

    What are we going to see and hear next. Perhaps miraculously, we get the answer from GOD HIMSELF >>>Or HERSELF >>> OR ITSELF !!!!! DEFINITELY, I STOP HERE.

  2. The Orthodox church is solely Tigraian and non-Tigraians have nothing to do with it. It is an important part of the ancient Tigray civilization. The non-Tigraian followers of the faith should get permissions and guidance from the Tigraian synod which is the head of the church to solve any problems they face.

  3. Fanno bishops are well-experienced businessmen , preying on people's vulnerabilities and manipulating their emotions ,as expressed in their own business project to control Tigray Fanno bishops are well-experienced businessmen , preying on people's vulnerabilities and manipulating their emotions ,as expressed in their own business project to control Tigray

    The accusation leveled by the Amhara Synod—whose leaders are the genocidaires abba Petros and abba Fanuel—is a complete fabrication. When handling the situation of the monks who ordained themselves as bishops in Qoga Gedam during their annual conference held in 2013 E.C., they displayed bias. Their clerical power over unlawful consecration was not removed.
    Second, Abune Markos supported “”ቅብኣት እምነት- “” which goes against the Orthodox Tewahedo Church’s doctrine. They never condemned him for it or made an effort to keep him away from the church. It is well known that many people in the Amhara region follow this style of teaching, and this monastery still houses non-Orthodox Tewahedo church monks and religious scholars.

    Above all, excommunicated bishops who participated in genocide and sponsored the massacre of million of Tigrayans under the guise of a few TPLF leaders will not be able to excommunicate anyone, according to canon law. The phrase “We are bishops” cannot be used by assassins.

    “””ቅዱስ ሲኖዶስ: በቆጋ ገዳም የተፈጸመውን ኢቀኖናዊ እና ኢሕጋዊ የጵጵስና እና የፕትርክና ሹመት ሻረ፤ እጃቸውን ያስገቡ ባዕዳን እንዲቆጠቡ አሳሰበ
    October 30, 2020
    • የቤተ ክርስቲያንን ቀኖና በመጣስ እና ሕግን በመተላለፍ፣ ራሳቸውን በራሳቸው የሾሙ መነኰሳት፣ በቀኖና እንዲቀጡ ወሰነ፤ የቅስና ሥልጣናቸው እና ማዕርገ ምንኵስናቸው ተጠብቆላቸዋል፤

    • “ኮሚቴ ነን” እያሉ የተወገዘውን የቅብዐት እምነትን በቤተ ክርስቲያናችን ይዞታ እና ንብረት ለማደራጀት የሚንቀሳቀሱ ግለሰቦች፣ ከሕገ ወጥ ድርጊታቸው እንዲቆጠቡ አሳሰበ፤
    • ፕሮቴስታንታውያንና የተሐድሶ መናፍቃን፣ በገንዘብም ጭምር እንደሚደግፉት በማስረጃ በመረጋገጡ፣ ከጣልቃ ገብነት እጃቸውን እንዲሰበስቡ አስጠነቀቀ፤

    “ብፁዕ ወንድማችን አቡነ ማርቆስ(ሚኒሊክ ጃንሆይ ከመቃብር ፈንቅላቹ ወጣቹ ግዙን ያሉት እና በቅርብ ጊዜያት በኢቢኤስ የቀረቡ ናቸው)፥ ይህ “ወልድ ተፈጠረ” የሚል አርዮሳዊ ክሕደትን የያዘ መጽሐፍ አስተምህሮ፣ በታላቁ ሲኖዶሳዊ መንበር ጎጃም ሀገረ ስብከት ሲሰበክና ሲታወጅ ዝም ብለው በመመልከትዎ፣ ሊያስወግዝዎና ከቅዱስ ሲኖዶስ አባልነትዎ ሊያሰርዝዎ እንደሚችል ላሳስብዎ እወዳለሁ፡፡” ብለዋል – ብፁዕ አቡነ ዘካርያስ፡
    Canonically speaking, they are NOT permitted to bless and administer holy Communion within Holy church yard whose head is Jesus Christ! Although it is a useless statement, it may be praised as the best one ever made by a select group of politicians and businesspeople whose commercial interests are in jeopardy.
    Fanno bishops are well-experienced businessmen , preying on people’s vulnerabilities and manipulating their emotions ,as expressed in their own business project to control Tigray by isolating our Holy Archbishops from entire Tigrayans-futile attempt! Everyone is well-aware of it!!

  4. In case the excommunication sounds too harsh please read the comment by digital Tigraway to understand the nature of the heresy that is in circulation.


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