According to a website for the Coptic Orthodox Church:This one has problems, but I'd like if a Copt (and I mean an ORTHODOX Copt) replies first, so I'll hold off for now to answer.
Since no Copt has seen or at least has not responded to it, I thought I might as well go ahead.
+ The Patriarch is the highest rank in the bishopric level and has the highest or greatest ruling of priesthood.
What exactly is that "greatest ruling of priesthood?" What exactly makes him different in this regard that the EO Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria. Perhaps, more to the point, how is he different that his counterparts that have submitted to the Vatican? I use "counterpart" loosely in the last regard, as they cannpt have the title "Pope," as does both EO and OO Patriarch of Alexandria.
I'll admit, this talk of a "highest/greatest ruling of priesthood" can be disturbing. What does it mean? Does it mean more than the EO Pope's title "Archpriest of Archpriest?"
Otherwise, of course the Patriarch is the highest rank at the episcopal level. Not, it puts him at a level with this collegues, and the title "Pope" does not put him above them, like the EO and unlike the Vatican.
+ Patriarch is the leader of the Church, bishops and all metropolitans.
Different from the EO Pope how?
Nothing diffrent than his EO counterpart.
+ Patriarch is the successor of the Apostles and first father of the Church.
Is there a bishop who ISN'T a succesor of the Apostles? (at least among the Orthodox bishops, EO and OO).
Do the Copts claim that Pope Shenouda is the first father of the Church and successor of the Apostles over the Patriarchs of Antioch, Armenia, etc.?
First father? Like PATRiarch (lit. Father-Ruler)
Or better POPE? Ooops. Forgot. Those in Alexandria under the Vatican don't have that title: you have to be the Orthodox, EO or OO, Patriarch of Alexandria to have that.
+ Patriarch is symbol of unity of Church: around when priests, deacons and bishops gather with all the congregation. Any one who behaves different to this basis, is condemned by the Church canon to isolate him or dispossess him from his rank.
This language comes close to the "visible head" line. How far back does it go? As some have noted, that HH Pope Shenoudah has considerably "Byzantinized" (meaning, elaborated) ceremony, and adopted some of the trappings of that Vatican has.
Still, an important distinction: he is the "symbol of unity," not the "source of unity" as the Vatican claims for itself.
+ Patriarch has the right to ordain bishops. Two bishops or at least one bishop must accompany him. No ordination of bishops takes place if the Patriarchal See is void.
Again, the difference between him and the EO?
The OCA case is interesting: there was an ordination while the Metropolitan's seat was vacant (I think is what you meant by "void"), but that turned out (or was it already known), it was the new Metropolitan. Any canonists?
+ Patriarch has the right to promote the bishop to the rank of metropolitan.
No difference again.
+ Patriarch has the right to make Myron whenever it approaches depletion, while the bishops and metropolitans share its making. [/i]