Synod sets for emergency meeting
The Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is set to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, Addis Neger reported.
The Synod is expected to look at recent actions taken by the Patriarch, Abune Pauols such as ‘disbanding the recently formed executive committee, suspending the bishop the Addis Ababa Dioceses and other unlawful hiring and dismissal of church leaders’.
The Synod would judge whether the actions of the Patriarch were within the rules or not.
Responding to his suspension, Abune Samuel, Bishop of the Addis Ababa Diocese, said that it was the Synod who had appointed him and that it could only be the Synod who would remove him from his position.
Chair of the Executive Committee, Abune Timoties was said to have written letter to the Federal Police asking special protection to the session.
In the last Holy Synod session from May14 upto 21, a landmark resolution affecting the administration of the Church endowment was passed. It was decided that Abune Paulos was to hand over administrative power to the committee made up of seven bishops. But the committee was disbanded by the Patriarch weeks later.The decision, apparently without consultation with local churches, sparked doubt about the patriarch’s leadership.