URGENT! Only 3 days left! We must still match $2,680 to win a $25,400 Challenge Grant! Can you help?
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Egyptian court says Coptic Church must allow divorce, remarriage

Catholic World News - May 31, 2010

Egypt's highest court has ruled that the Coptic Orthodox Church must allow divorce and remarriage.

The Supreme Administrative Court, siding with a lower court decision, rejected an appeal by Coptic Pope Shenouda II. The court said that "the right to family formation is a constitutional right."

In Egypt all marriages must be solemnized in a religious ceremony. The court ruled that the Christians who make up 10% of the country's population have the same right to marriage and remarriage as their Muslim neighbors, and Christian churches, regardless of their religious doctrines, must allow divorced people to remarry. The decision cannot be appealed.

Coptic Church leaders have said that they will not abide by the court's order, setting up a potentially serious church-state clash.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($2,680 to go):
$25,400.00 $22,719.71
11% 89%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Chestertonian - May. 31, 2010 6:43 PM ET USA

    The Egyptian court needs to correct its view of marriage; it is a good, not a right. Once you define marriage as a right, then you risk allowing all forms of disorder--gay marriage, or to a child, or even to an animal. This is the tipping point we stand at in the US. We MUST stand firm on the nature of marriage! Bravo to our Coptic brethren for their courage. We should all pray that God will assist them, and us.

  • Posted by: tmsharel5764 - May. 31, 2010 6:20 PM ET USA

    This is an easy one. All the Coptic Church has to do is study American annulment policies and declare marriages null that people want out of. Deceptive of course, but easy.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

What's wrong with these pictures? 3 hours ago
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? 4 hours ago
Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. 10 hours ago
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? May 21
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days