Quite honestly, I would rather have joined the Ethiopian Orthodox Church but I couldn't figure out who the legitimate Patriarch is and even the Ethiopians I spoke with were divided even within a congregation.
Please except my apology in behalf of those you experienced who claim to be Ethiopian and 'Orthodox'. Some of us today particularly outside Ethiopia has taken the 'Orthodox' out of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
Their is only one Patriarch my brother Didymus over the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and he is HH Abuna Paulos Patriarch of Ethiopia, Arch bishop of Axum, etchege of the see of St Teklehaimonot
his throne seat and Holy Synod is in Addis Abebe Ethiopia exactly where the Holy Ethiopian Church has always been headquarted.
Any other person in any other place is a fraud and need our prayers.
The people who support any other person in any other place are also frauds and need our prayers.
Sadly some of my people you may run into who are from Ethiopia do not know much about thier Church or Orthodoxy in general. But are pre-occupied with 'tribal' issues and a host of nationalistic concerns that only furher clouds thier already poor judgement diminishing thier less than minimal grasp of true orthodoxy tremendously; thus it is no telling which way these people will go day to day; they are like dust in the wind.
We fail to undersatnd that true orthodoxy is a life that we live. It is not strictly a liturgical custom and tradition.
Orthodox christians must love all people the way they would expect to loved. And when someone commits a horrible sin that hurts the people (especially a clergyman) we are to pray for them not cast stones and gritting our teeth. Christ taugh us how to behave.
WE are suppose to be God fearing and peace loving. How can a man be considered peace loving when he is cursing his brother?
Did not Christ teach us that it is no value, no blessing in loving those who treat you well. The blessing is in loving those who persecute you. This is where the true believer get his strenght.
It's shameful what we have become today. I mean all of us.
We can see examples also from the western church what happened to them do to the foolishness of Martin Luther and his supporters. Even today nothing good has come out of the so called reformation.
With regard to the Ethiopian Church specifically; Ethiopians like myself are guilty as well for not being able to correct the problem and must ask the Lord for forgiveness and guidence.
Thank God the majority of the Ethiopian faithful are not as confused.
Pray for us.
Deacon Amde Tsion