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Coptic Orthodox Church and capital punishment
« on: May 18, 2010, 08:27:23 PM »
Can anyone confirm whether or not this teaching is reflective of the COC in general?:

http://www.suscopts.org/q&a/index.php?qid=32&catid=61
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Re: Coptic Orthodox Church and capital punishment
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010, 10:34:37 PM »
In general, I don't know.  I know this is an acceptable view though, just as the rejection of capital punishment is also an acceptable view.  This particular bishop happens to support it.  I've met many Copts (I personally haven't met a bishop though) who are against it.

If anything, I believe HG Bishop Youssef's view might also be a patristic one as well, but I'm not all too sure about that.
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Re: Coptic Orthodox Church and capital punishment
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2010, 11:24:04 PM »
Is there no generally accepted view, particularly among the bishops?
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Re: Coptic Orthodox Church and capital punishment
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2010, 12:35:57 AM »
Is there no generally accepted view, particularly among the bishops?

To be honest, I don't know.  I don't expect there be a generally accepted view, as neither view is considered wrong by the Church.
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Re: Coptic Orthodox Church and capital punishment
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2010, 08:03:19 AM »
It is my fundamentalist roots that have largely directed me to oppose capital punishment. I know this will seem ironic as apparently the majority of fundamentalist Protestants support CP. My reason is thus: I believe the world is divided among two groups, the saved and the lost. A penitent and truly remorseful murderer (a sheep) will never kill again and should receive some leniency (in the form of a long prison sentence). Meanwhile a murderer with no remorse whatsoever will surely stand before an angry God at judgment. I for one do not want to 'force God's hand' as it were, but allow the condemned the full time that God has allotted for him or her to see the wickedness of their ways.
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Re: Coptic Orthodox Church and capital punishment
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2010, 08:27:52 AM »
There is a very interesting series of podcasts on this topic on ancient faith radio. It doesn't convince me one way or the other but is interesting and explores the patristics.

Generally I see no reason why bishops should agree on many things. I think that you often demand uniformity where it is not required at all.
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Re: Coptic Orthodox Church and capital punishment
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2010, 10:19:12 PM »
I never indicated that I in any way required uniformity in this matter.
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