There is one thing I'm disputing with HG Bishop Mettaous. Where does he get the idea that Nicea made the episcopacy only for celibate monks?
Hold on i'm trying to find the canon...nope didn't find anything doing a quick search. this is one you're gona have to spend some time with. Also an important question is WHICH Nicea b/c in the EO there is a second Nicea. I'm not sure if the Coptic church has several Niceas or etc.
Also I did find this though in my notes...
We have an example of a canon which does change an earlier canon. Canon 12 of Penthekte introduces the celibacy of bishops. This is a change from the practice which was confirmed by canon 5 of the Holy Apostles. It takes action upon those clergy who, as it says, puts strict penances on those who leave their wives for celibacy = they don’t have the right to do that. Now we have a later canon that says, up until now it was the practice for those seeking the episcopacy to be married, we now require something different. It is an introduction of a celibate episcopacy.
I'd be interested to know more about the council of "Penthekte." What is it? Or is it a person who wrote some canons? Where is it? Is it a common tradition of both our churches, or only the EO's?
If what you're talking about is the Quintisext council, then that assumes that there were married bishops up until that time, which directly contradicts the claim that Nicea introduced celibate bishops (not to mention only an EO answer to the introduction of celibate bishops).
In the Coptic Church, I know of a bishop during Medeival ages named Isaac who was married and actually was seeking the papal seat at one time, but failed to get it, in which a monk from St. Macarius' Monastery was chosen instead (forgot the name). This is according to Theodore Hall Patrick's summarizing work of the whole history of the Coptic Church.