December 21, 2012

“Men of God” who made indecency acceptable

(Tamrat Demeke For Deje Selam, Atlatna):- Report has it; men in Addis Ababa Synod are in full steam ahead to elect/select the 6th Patriarch. I am astoundingly ashamed to be an Ethiopian Orthodox Church follower.  After the death of the 5th Patriarch, for anyone with slightest sense of comprehension, it’s a no brainer to take advantage of this golden opportunity to heal so many broken pieces of the church.
Since 1948 agreement that led to autocephaly for the church, these “Men of God” have done so much wrong, so much that they have lost shame and are now testing our intelligence.

When the Second Patriarch Abuna Tewophilos was arrested and secretly executed, these “Men of God” showed no courage to put up a slightest resistance. They rather wasted no time to occupy the empty chair of the patriarchate. If our Coptic brethren can resist a radical Muslim government during the squabble between the then Sadat and Pope Shenouda III, at the very least our “Men of God” could have administered the church thru “akabe Member”, to show that it’s very wrong and unacceptable. They instead used this as a great opportunity to get on the patriarchate. Historical blunder one.

When the Derg was replaced by the EPRDF, these “Men of God” lied. They lied to conspire with the government to remove the Fourth patriarch so one of them could probably be lucky enough to have the blessings of the EPRDF. The recent ESAT report that is supported by historical document showed that, the Fourth Patriarch told these “Men of God” that he is healthy and fit to lead the church. These “Men of God” shamelessly tried to lie to God and the Orthodox faithful that the fourth Patriarch resigned due to health. It is incredible. Historical blunder two.

Ethnocentric view, corruption, promiscuity, ungodly behavior has become the headline news about these “Men of God”. We now have deceased member of Synod who is in inheritance battle in a secular court. We now have a member of the Synod who is fighting with an alleged son of the Bishop tooth and nail in a secular court to inherit the deceased Bishop. No shame! We now have a report that a certain region member of the Synod are working on making sure the next Patriarch is “one of them”. These “Men of God” are now arguing about when does the property of a patriarch become property of the church? Is it the property he amassed before he become a patriarch or after?  They have no shame to even realize that they are Disciples of Christ who live for Christ. They made is so acceptable that they are going to make it a law. Same goes for citizenship. Many are born raised educated in Ethiopia are now looking for and some achieved US and other western citizenship. It’s incredible. The question is no longer, aren’t these “Men of God” exclusive citizens of Christ? The question is now should a citizen of a foreign country and Ethiopian descent become a patriarch? They made it so Ok that they are trying to make it a law of the Synod. It’s incredible.

After the death of the fifth patriarch, instead of using the golden opportunity to undo the wrong, they are full steam ahead for a grand finale. Their number one problem, “how can we say 4th after the 5th” If this wasn’t such a tragedy, it would have been comedy of the century. That is their PROBLEM. Unbelievable!! I said a grand finale because this church is done, if they succeed in disregarding the peace and reconciliation chance. This is the 21st Century where the faithful gets information in speed of light. This is the 21st century where the faithful feel compelled to see an act as wrong or right instead of if done by these “Men of God” it can’t be wrong. It goes to all of them; to the man who shamelessly accepts the patriarchate setting aside the peace and reconciliation, to the Synod member who accepts and stays in position when this historical tragedy transpires. They are at historical juncture. This is in today’s term, a “Historical Cliff”. They can jump off of it or they can rescue themselves and the church from it.

Few notes and pleas
1.                  Do not blame the government. Though the government will have interest or a result it would like to see, it’s not to its best interest to put gun in their head. These “Men of God” just need a toddler courage to say “ayii, beka”
2.                   Mahibere Kidusan (regardless of my views towards this organization) is doing an expletory work in pushing for peace and reconciliation. It’s realization that this is THE most important agenda that needs to be resolved shows that the organization has vision. I am always cynic towards this organization and first I thought they are doing it to be seen as agent of peace, but they are doing so much and I stand corrected. They are an organization with lots of power and they need to make sure they put all their chips in to prevent another historical blunder )
3.                  The faithful, whatever your view is, need to understand that any move to appoint the 6th Patriarch disregarding the peace and reconciliation is not acceptable. We need to send a stern message to whoever that candidate may be to have a moral courage to say, “NO”
4.                  If we are lucky enough for the peace and reconciliation succeed, the faithful need to accept anything/everything that results in peace and reconciliation. Our question needs to be, just DO IT.

There is only one solution: PEACE and RECONCILIATION and NOW!!!

(Though I am speaking in generalization, of course there are few Men of Honor and true Men of God in this church. That is not what I want to write about but I would like to mention five Men that as a young Ethiopian Orthodox follower see them as an example and hope of the future. The fourth patriarch and five Bishops who stood for principle and live their life in exile to make sure the historical blunder stops here and stops now. RIP Abuna Zena Markos, RIP Abuna YisHaq)


Anonymous said...

Deje Selam why don't u guys make some plane for demonstration in Addis ababa? For how long should we silent. with all do respect i am tired off those fathers. I come to conclusion those fathers don't know who they serving. I am also confused who to blame... I am thinking God forgotten us. oh almighty God please prevent us from those fathers who are leaving for their daily Brad.. also give me heart to believe until my final day I leave this world. I m giving up oh my God. if I don't have hope whats life for me?

Anonymous said...

Pls deje Selam how can we reach bitsu Abun Abraham and bistu abun Mariskos? I just want ask if they are part of this? And pls let us reach who ever we know all fathers ask where they stand? and let them know they are serving people of God not government. we will stand with those serve people of God.

Anonymous said...

የኢ/ኦ/ተ/ቤ/ክ ከመቼውም ጊዜ በላይ በፈተና ውስጥ ያለችበት ጊዜ አሁን ነው ቢባል ማጋነን አይደለም። ስለፈተናውም ዝርዝር መግባት የሚያስፈልግም አይመስለኝም። የአደባባይ ምሥጢር ከሆነ ከራረመ። በአርምሞ እንለፈው ስንል የሚታለፍ አልሆን አለ። ፀሐይ ሞቀው ሀገር አወቀው።
ከራሳችን ቅዱሳን አባቶች ተጋድሎ መማር ካልቻልን ቢያንስ አሁን በጊዜያችን ከምናያቸው፣ ፍጹም ሰላማዊ ትግል እያካሄዱ ካሉት ከሙስሊም ወንድሞቻችን እንማር። ምን እንማር? ምእመናን- ጽናት፤ ለእውነት የቆማችኁ አባቶቻችን ደግሞ አስተባብሮ መምራት። አስተባብሮ መምራት ከየት? ከውጪ ሳይሆን ከሀገር ቤት!
በውጪ በሁለቱም ሲኖዶስ ስር ያላችኁ አባቶቻችን በተለይ ጳጳሳቱን ይመለከታል፤ ሁላችኁም እዚህ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ተመለሱ! ከዘጠና በመቶ በላይ የሚሆነው የተዋህዶ ምእመን ሀገር ውስጥ ነው ያለው። ዛሬ ከእኛ አልፎ ዓለም የሚኮራባቸው የሚደመምባቸው አብያተ ክርስቲያናቶቻችን፤ ገዳማቶቻችን እዚህ ነው ያሉት። ጽላተ ሙሴ እዚህ ነው ያለችው። ከሩቅ ሆናችኁ የምትጠብቋት ቤተ ክርስቲያን የለችም። ከሩቅ ሆናችኁ የምትጠብቁት ምእመን የለም። በጎቹን ከሩቅ ትቶ የሚያለቅስ እረኛ የለም። ተመለሱልን፤ ኑ እና ታስራችኁም ቢሆን እኛን አበርቱን። አብረናችኁ እንታሰራለን። ከቤተ ክህነቱ ሆኖ ድምጻችንን የሚያሰማልን አባት አጣን። አብዛኛው ምእመን ቀድሞውንም ቀኖና መፍረሱን ሕግ መጣሱን ሳይረዳ ቀርቶ አይደለም፤ የቸገረው እየታሰሩ፣ እየተሰቃዩም ቢሆን ጎኑ ሆነው እውነት እየተናገሩ የሚያበረቱት የሚያጠነክሩት አባቶች ነው። ይህ ቀድሞ ተደርጎ ቢሆን ዛሬ እዚህ አንደርስም ነበር። ይህን የሚያደርግ አባት በማጣታችን ግን ለሁለት አሥርት ዓመታት ቤተ ክርስቲያን ስትበደል፤ ግፍ ሲፈጸም፤ ፍርድ ሲጓደል፤ በቤተ ክህነቱ ጉዳይ ቤተ መንግስቱ እንደኩሽናው አሥሬ ዘው ሲልበት ምእመኑ ዝም ብሎ እንዲያይ ተገደደ። ማን ና ተከተለኝ ይበለው? መሪ አባት አጣን።
አስቀድማ ከእስልምናው አስተምህሮ በተለየ መልኩ ስለ ሃይማኖት የሚከፈልን መሥዋእትነት ትሰብክ የነበረችው ቤተ ክርስቲያናችን ነበረች። እስልምናው ሰይፍን ያዙ፤ ለሃይማኖታችኁ ሰይፉ ሲል፤ አባቶቻችን ግን አንገታችኁን ስጡላት፣ ተሰየፉላት፣ ይስሐቅን ሁኑላት ነበር የሚሉን። ዛሬ የተገላቢጦሽ ሆኖ የእስልምናው መሪዎች ራሳቸውን እስከ እስር፤ ብዙ ስቃይ እና እንግልት እያደረሱ፣ በእስር እየማቀቁ ለተከታዮቻቸው ግን ኃይል እና ብርታት ሆነዋል። የእኛ አባቶች ጎናችን የላችኁም። ኑልን! ተመለሱልን! እባካችኁ ተመለሱልን። ረጅሙን ቀሚስ ስታደርጉ ሮጬ አላመልጥም ኃይሌም፤ መመኪያዬም አነተ ነህ ብላችኁ ነው። እሱን ኃይል አድርጋችኁ ኑልን! አብረናችኁ እንታሰራለን፤ አብረናችኁ እንወድቃለን። ኑልን! አሁን ኑልን!

Anonymous said...

I almost liked your article, Tamrat! Just almost. Leaving to exil without, most of them, showing even a little glimpse of courage of protecting the church's integrity, you think that is bravery? It is Ethiopian Orthodox Church, not American Orthodox Church. Whether it is allowed to thrive or let to die, it should be in Ethiopia.
A Patriarch and a Synod is expected to save the church before themselves. I can go on and on and on...But!
No matter what, though, I am for the PEACE and RECONCILATION! We should achieve that at any cost because only then, we can actually say that we are Church of GOD.

Hailu said...

May God Bless Wondime Tamrat Demeke,writer of this article.

It is such an astute observation.

It is indeed astounding to see this group of lame "Men of God" in the land of Abune Petros. It sickens me to the core to see these "Men of God" disregard the cries and yearning of the Orthodox faithful to see a UNITED ORTHODOX CHURCH.

I totally agree that the EPRDF government would like to see a man of theirs become a "6th patrirch", but it would not take it to the extent of putting guns against the heads of these "Men of God" if they were to say NO TO THEIR PERSONAL & GOVERNMENT MOTIVES and pursue the path of bringing PEACE and RECONCILLIATION in the Church.

We have seen time and again the spiritual incompetence and utter disregard of Our Church's interest by these "Men of God".

It is clear for anyone how damaging the division in our church has been. Why these "Men of God" fail to see this and disregard our woes for PEACE & RECONCILLIATION?
Do they not want to see a strong, united and perpetual Orthodox Church to coming generation?

What will they and the church benefit if they go ahead and elect a "6th patriarch" BUT LEAVE THE ORTHODOX CHURCH DIVIDED AND WEAKENED??? What???

Mathew 16:26
"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?"

I feel betrayed again when I see these "Men of God" are in haste to repeat the worst of BLUNDERS.
We must not accept whoever they may call 6th something. They can have it for themselves. We shall rally behind the 4th Patriarch, His Holiness Merkorios if these “Men of God” fail to use this golden opportunity to UNITE OUR CHURCH AT LAST. Blame them for anything else, but I admire the absolute patience and ‘Armimo’ of the 4th Patriarch and steadfastness by the fathers in exile to stand against the illegal imposition of a patriarch.

Anonymous said...

I don't really understand what the protest is all about. Reconciliation is one issue, and Electing a patriarch is another issue. Do you mean that the church shouldn't elect a new patriarch as Aba Merkorious is alive? If so tell us clearly. Many have reservations towards that. Reconcilation and election can be done in parallel if the goal is really the unity rather than authority. If you are complaining about authority/power, you will never get till your death.

Anonymous said...

I real share your anger! It is human nature to get sad when everything goes wrong. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church should be saved from this "Moral Suicide" by our "fathers"!!!
How we can save our church:
1. We need to be spiritual enough to pray and ask almighty God "Lord How?" as the prophet King David asks during his time of tribulation.
2.We need to mobilize all members at evey parish all over the world to have some form of 'forum' to push hard for peace and reconcilation.
3. We need to support those who are involved in the peace and reconcilation!
4. We need to say no "6th patriarch" before 'peace and reconcilation' by whatever media we have at our access!
5. If we have any personal contacts to both sides of the 'Synod' let us make sure they understand what they are doing to our Holy Church!
May almighy God the God of our holy fathers grant us the true peace forever!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dejeselam's thank you!!! if you kept silent today history would have judged you in the days to come. Now you do did what you can.

Anonymous said...

ይህንን ጽሑፍ ወደ አማርኛ ተተርጉሞ
ብፅዕና ሳይኖራቸው ብፁዕ በሉን ለሚሉ ሁሉ ላኩላቸው
ጌታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ
በገዛ ደሙ የዋጃትን የእግዚአብሔርን
ቤተ ክርስቲያን ትጠብቁአት ዘንድ
መንፈስ ቅዱስ እናንተን ጳጳሳት
አድርጎ ለሾመባት ለመንጋው ሁሉና
ለራሳችሁ ተጠንቀቁ።

ያለውን ንቀው መንጋውን ለሃዘን የዳረጉ ናቸው

በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ሳይሆን ፖለቲከኞች ጳጳሳት
አድርጎ እንደሾማቸው ተገንዝበናል

Anonymous said...

Dear Readers,

Any one can translate this piece to Amharic and re-post it on this site,

Thank you in advance,


Anonymous said...

My brother Tamrat: Thank you for your heartfelt comments and suggestions; they sound very genuine and with good intention. I support your main message “Peace and reconciliation before election of the 6th Patriarch”. Though, this is not the time to point fingers, I would just say, in my view all of the so called “Men of God” were at fault and are responsible for the mess we are in today. The 4th Patriarch and the few Bishops that you mentioned are just as responsible for this chaos. ESAT is an oppositional politically inclined news agency whose main agenda is exposing and opposing the present government (good for them), and would not care diddlysquat about what is best for the EOTC, and I would not trust it. When EPRDF wanted to bring the 4th Patriarch down because of health reasons, it’s the 4th Patriarch himself, out of fear that signed the letter saying he is resigning because of health reasons. The other Bishops that you mentioned, maybe except one, all conspired with the government to bring him down and one of them even lead as acting Patriarch for 8 or 9 months, so none of them are worthy of mentioning with honor in this situation. So, to make a long story short, no one’s hand is clean from the blood including most of us, the laymen. The most important thing now is not to focus on the past but to work towards resolving the mistakes made and bring the Church into oneness. God help us!

Anonymous said...

Dear readers, please allow me to say a few words. It is unfathomable for me to see so called “Papasat “ in Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Synod and what they are doing. I am so lost for words to describe these no sense, immoral and unjust human beings. How could you not see the grievance of the EOTC followers? Most of were not well informed about the 4th Patriarch and how he left the country. I personally have been blaming him for the past 20 years since he left the country. But God is good! Yes he is, and I have seen and heard what I have been saying incorrectly without credible information and I stay corrected, and I will also ask for his forgiveness.
Let me ask all of you, did you notice how many times these individuals from the synod back in Ethiopia lied to us? Do you ever notice how they misguided us in a bright sunlight? Did you ever notice while they know the outcome they still act like they are going to do anything in the reconciliation process, the funny thing is those of whom came to US as a delegate did not went back to Ethiopia! It could be a multitudes of reason I am not going to west my time about that when I have something important. I can’t really write anymore, I am so angry and shaking about the situation. But, one thing I learned through this ordeal. That is, the synod back home is a dungeon for cadres, if you are not one of them don’t worry truth will set you free until you claim yourself you don’t want to be a part of these unspeakable lie and transgression of the EOTC “qenona” and stand with the followers you are one of them.
One final not to those who classify themselves to be under the Ethiopian synod back home, like MK. This is your time to clean up the entire lie we have been told by you and you alike that Abune Merkorios left the country willingly although all official document says otherwise. Now you need to come out clean that your conclusion was wrong like mine and admit it. This may not help the situation know, but it will help you and your followers. Unfortunately, your organization does more than the Church itself that I am aware. But it would have been better had you been fair.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering, who is the audience of this article? Who don't you put it in Amharic.....LoL

Anonymous said...

Thanks dejeselam

Anonymous said...

To the Anonymous who said,

"When EPRDF wanted to bring the 4th Patriarch down because of health reasons, it’s the 4th Patriarch himself, out of fear that signed the letter saying he is resigning because of health reasons."

No, Sir !! That is not TRUE. When the "Men of God" Realize the 4th wasnt going to cooporate with them to work with EPRDF, they LIED saying he told em he is sick.

When the 4th heard the news of his removal, he wrote a letter (YOU CAN CHECK IT, ITS MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD) to the "men of God" saying he is OK.

Be true to yourself

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ነጻ ፓትርያርክ ምርጫ ቢሆን ኖሮ ማንን ይመርጡ ነበር? እንበልና ሁሉም ነገር ሥርዓቱን ጠብቆ የተከናወነ የእጩዎች ምርጫ ቢሆን ኖሮ፣ አሁን የምናነሣቸው ጉድለቶች ባይኖሩ ኖሮ፣ 6ኛው ፓትርያርክ እንዲሆን የምትመርጡት ማንን ነበር? (ማሳሰቢያ፦ አሁን ያለው ክፍፍል እና የመንግሥት ተጽዕኖ ባይኖር ኖሮ ተብሎ የሚመለስ ጥያቄ ነው። የምን “ባይኖር ኖሮ ነው” የሚል አስተያየት ካለዎትም እናከብራለን።)