Not to change the topic of this thread, but a few months ago I was attending the Coptic Church of St. Maurice I usually go to in Pomona, CA and I saw a Greek Orthodox priest standing the pews. He came at the beginning of the liturgy and I was wandering why he would attend the Coptic Church instead of going to a Greek Orthodox Church that is near by. When communion started he went up to the to receive communion with the other parishioners standing in line. I watched carefully to see if the Coptic priest would give him communion, as this was a very unusual situation. When the Greek priest's turn came to receive communion, the Coptic priest stated that he (the Coptic priest) would need to receive the permission of the local Coptic bishop before administering communion to clergy from other churches but told the Greek priest he would give him Blessed bread (Korban) at the end of the liturgy.
After the liturgy I introduced myself to the Greek priest and told him that I was Greek Orthodox also and in a round about way was asking what he was doing at St. Maurice Coptic Church. He stated that he was from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and was visiting his Jordanian /Palestinian relatives in the US. These relatives, attend the Coptic Church even though they are Greek Orthodox. He saw no problem with that and also wanted to attend himself and receive communion as he was not feeling well, preferring to receive communion where his relatives also go for communion.
I witnessed the same thing happening also a few years earlier in another Coptic Church but this time an Antiochian Orthodox priest went to receive communion. The Coptic priest told him pretty much the same thing.
I also know of two Greek Orthodox brothers from the Jerusalem Patriarchate who were very active in the Coptic Orthodox Church in California and were both considering entering the priesthood in the Coptic Church. One of them told me that the Coptic community is very active spiritually in California and the congregation is looked after by the bishop here, but the same can't be said Arab Greek Orthodox in CA. So they both decided to become Greek Orthodox priests (which they are now) for the Jerusalem Exarchate in California to nourish the small Arab Greek Orthodox community here. They both hold the Coptic church in the highest regards. As a matter of fact, I was once attending the Greek Orthodox liturgy with one of these two priest in a Coptic church they rented on Sunday afternoons. The local Coptic bishop happened to be walking in to the church at the time during the Greek liturgy Gospel reading and the Greek priest asked the Coptic bishop to read the Gospel to the people and give the sermon on the spot. The Coptic bishop obliged and I was very impressed with how easy it was for both sides to have a fraternal fellowship. No body was pronouncing the other as a heretic in this church. That's how it should be.
I bring all this up because when I came to get married to a Coptic girl 10 years ago, priests (not the same ones mentioned above) from the Greek Orthodox Jerusalem Patriarchate that I belong to initially had no problem with a Greek Orthodox man marrying a Coptic Orthodox woman and stated that the Greek church recognized the Coptic wedding as valid, until they knew that I come form a long line of consecutive Greek Orthodox priests (26 in all). Then they stated that it wouldn't be proper to have a Coptic wedding when there is this much Greek Orthodox heritage. They suggested I have a Greek wedding and the Coptic priests can attend as visitor. My family was convinced of this also and were very upset with me when I decided to have a Coptic wedding anyway.
Speaking to one of the Coptic bishops that was present in the dialogues with the EO in Chambesy back in 1990, he stated that the majority of the EO bishops are in favor of the EO and OO union, however the hold outs were the GO Jerusalem Patriarchate and the Mount Athos Monks. The Ecumenical Patriarch didn't want more division in the EO church on this subject so the dialogue has slowed down since 1990. I hope things improve cause this union really should have happened a few years after the separation in 451, when everybody cooled down. Hopefully it will happen in m lifetime.
Once again, didn't mean to derail this thread.