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The increasing phenomenon of the deposition of Orthodox priests has caused great controversy within the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The author probes the reasons behind the defrocking of two priests, Father Mina Ishaq and Father Bisada Zakī.
A church source explains that publishing the pictures of defrocked priests was not to expose them but to warn other Copts against them. Because there are no special laws specifying clergymen’s uniforms, defrocked priests can commit irregularities.
The church has given a decision stripping a priest in al-Jīza of his priesthood after being found guilty of collecting funds for himself in the name of the Coptic cathedral.
Father Bisādā Zakī, whose name at birth was Fakhrī Zakī Fakhrī, has been defrocked and dismissed from his position at the Giza Bishopric. The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate has warned its followers against having future financial dealings with the defrocked priest.
Father Mīnā Ishaq Hābīl was defrocked of his ministerial credentials and removed from the Giza Bishopric Church for financial irregularities, the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate announced yesterday in a statement.
Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria has given orders to defrock two priests for violating the church’s teachings.
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