"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Affliction of My People in Egypt: The Copts of Egypt from Dar al-Masih

Thanks to Dar al-Masih - I have a special affection for the Coptic Christians of Egypt. Here are some updates about what has been going on with them since the New Year's church bombing in Alexandria.

Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's most prestigious Islamic university (locatd in Cairo, Egypt), cut off talks with the Vatican after Pope Benedict condemned the Alexandria bombing. Egypt's highest cleric, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, called Benedict's words an "unacceptable interference in Egypt's affairs."

The Palestinian Islamist group "Army of Islam" has been connected with the church bombing. An Army of Islam spokesperson denied this, blaming the bombing on Israel instead.

Shortly after the bombing, the man responsible for a drive-by shooting at another Coptic church a year ago was sentenced to death for his actions. I am opposed to the death penalty, but this is uplifting news in that a Muslim in a Muslim-majority country is being punished for the murder of Christian minorities. Perhaps this will lead to greater respect and freedom for Copts in the future.

Egyptian Christians have been calling for a reform of church-building laws, and it seems like the government may answer: there is a new law on church construction in the works. 

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