By the way this is one pearl of wisdom from the Coptic priest:
“...Orthodox Christians differ from Roman Catholics in their belief that the Pope is a human being, not a divine figure...”
Theere is a followup article in the Toronto Star with quotes from the president of the Canadian Egyptian Congress, who is also a Coptic orthodox Christian and attends one of the 4 local Coptic Churches in Toronto.
The president of the Canadian Egyptian Congress is urging parents to reject a call by a Coptic Orthodox priest to pull some 4,000 children out of the Catholic school system if it adopts a policy more accepting of homosexuality and religious difference…
Bishay, also a prominent member of the St. George and St. Rueiss congregation, said Father Jeremiah Attaalla had spoken out of turn when he suggested that the board’s proposed equity policy would result in Coptic Orthodox students being pulled from class in September. The Egyptian Congress president sent out an email to hundreds of families Sunday, urging them to maintain their children’s enrolment in the Catholic system.
read the whole article here: www.thestar.com/news/article/1035965--canadian-egyptian-congress-urges-parents-to-reject-call-to-pull-kids-from-catholic-schools/
This article in I believe an American newspaper highlights the mistakes in the original article about the theological differences between the Copts and Catholics:
Some Coptic Orthodox laity have taken issue with Father Attaala’s comments. Reporting on the controversy, the most popular newspaper in Canada glossed over the theological differences between Catholics and Coptic Orthodox (who do not accept the Christological formulations of the Council of Chalcedon), ignored major differences in liturgy; and a˜ppeared to make the ridiculous claim the Catholics believe that the Pope is not a human being, but a “divine figure.” The Toronto Star reported that http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2760652/posts#comment
though most in the Coptic Orthodox community send their children to Catholic school, they are not Catholic themselves. The differences are slight--they use the same liturgies, though Orthodox Christians differ from Roman Catholics in their belief that the Pope is a human being, not a divine figure--which has meant Coptic Orthodox children most often are sent to Catholic school.
And in this article the Copts are called "Coptic catholics.":http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/education/article/1035498--coptic-catholics-threaten-to-withdraw-students-over-gay-policy