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EOTC in exile reportedly negotiating with church leaders in Ethiopia

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/ EOTC in exile reportedly negotiating with church leaders in Ethiopia 3/7/2010 The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church
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      EOTC in exile reportedly negotiating with church leaders in Ethiopia

      3/7/2010

      The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (EOTC) in
      exile is about to negotiate with Abune Paulos of
      Ethiopia as early as today. There is no official
      report about the talking points but insiders say
      high on agenda is the possibility of bringing the
      exiled church leaders back to Ethiopia.

      The rift between the home-based and diaspora
      based EOTC has been widening eversince EPRDF came
      to power in 1991, and Abune Paulos was “elected”
      in breach of a law that forbids electing a
      patriarch over an existing one (who was then
      Abune Merkorios, now Patriarch of the EOTC in exile).

      Observers say the rush for the negotiation now is
      because Abune Paulos is seriously sick, and the
      church leaders would like to pick up a successor.
      Such view should be taken with caution as no
      independent source has confirmed the health condition of Abune Paulos.

      But even if it is true, insiders say that EOTC
      leadership in exile should never consider, let
      alone negotiate, its return to Ethiopia without
      the knowledge and full backing of the Diaspora
      Tewahdo Christians and its supporters.

      According to insiders, it looks like there are a
      few people in the ranks of the EOTC who are
      nagging the EOTC leadership to negotiate with
      Abune Paulos and discuss the prospect of its
      return to Ethiopia. There are three people within
      EOTC who are pushing for the talks , according to
      the reliable sources, whose names we won’t
      disclose at this time. The three people are
      twisting the arms of Abune Melketsedik, the EOTC
      secretary, to accept the negotiation. It looks
      like they are succeeding. And Abune Melketsedik
      has agreed to start the negotiation. –EthiopianThisWeek

      Click here to visit the website of EOTC in Exile http://www.eotcholysynod.org/
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