It is written in the Bible ‘Now therefore, amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; then the Lord will relent concerning the doom that He has pronounced against you. ‘ and ‘by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.’. This is how the holy bible demands corrections whenever it is necessary to return to the root of things and their correctness. However, each time the term ‘reform’ is used concerning the church or any religious institution, anger is raised and rejection is declared. They may link it to changing the constants of faith and religious principles without trying to understand the discourse of this desired reform and the reasons that prompted those who called for it. This way, the road is closed before discussion before it even begins.
In the Coptic Church, the calls for reform are equal to attacking the faith, even if they target reforms in management. The late Pope Shenouda, unfortunately, said once that those who call for reform don’t understand its meaning. This is very strange for me since the Pope himself started his work as bishop of reform and trying to take the Coptic church to the international level, but he didn’t see a potential for further reform!
I say that reform in the Coptic church will stop publishing photos of its priests in newspapers to invite the people not to deal with. Those priests who love making press statements and the church says later they were not assigned to do so. The Holy Mass will be more understandable with easier language for the simple people. There won’t be a place for business inside the church as civil society organizations will lead such work. Divorce and changing sects for separation purposes will also disappear with stronger relations between the congregation and the church. Electing the pope and the work of the general congregation council will develop and be more efficient.
Reform means more freedom as father Matta the poor said ‘The Church should let the Christian citizen move freely in all directions as he pleases. And as dictated by his upbringing and culture, and bears the consequences of his acts.’