Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I thought maybe we could go 10 minutes without this kind of talk. How silly of me.
Haha! Yes, across 1300 years, appointed Bishops is always sure to cause controversy, gossip, and strife. Me personally, I don't understand it, out my convert's zeal I embrace Church leaders by Faith as appointed by God. I don't see the need for laity to get involved aside from praying for our leaders
Speaking of which, let us pray that God grant many years to His Holiness Pope Theodore and praised be to God through the Saints that the See of Mark is yet again securely occupied by an Apostolic successor! Further, I hope the new Pope will be as embracing and active in the Ethiopian Church as was the legacy of the great Pope Shenouda III ( dare say we should pursue canonization for our reverend Father, his legacy is so great in the Oriental world, we might not even have any Oriental Churches today if not for Pope Shenouda's constant efforts in the global community)