Coptic Catholic Patriarch calls for Objective, Impartial Report


2013-08-21 Vatican Radio

In response to this, Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak released a statement on Monday outlining the current crisis in Egypt: “With pain, but also with hope, the Catholic Church in Egypt is following what our country is experiencing: terrorist attacks, killings and the burning of churches, schools and state institutions. Therefore, out of love for our country and in solidarity with all lovers of Egypt, Christians and Muslims, we are trying to do our best to communicate with friendly organizations around the world to clarify for them the reality of events taking place in our country.”
Among other points, he expressed appreciation for “sincere nations to understand the nature of events while flatly rejecting any attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of Egypt or to influence its sovereign decisions, whatever the direction might be.” Finally, he offered “condolences to all families and relatives of the victims. We ask the Lord to heal all the injured.”
Speaking with Vatican Radio, President of the U.S. Copts Association Michael Meunier gave some context to the situation in the country.  “Egypt is just beginning to get back on the path of peace and democracy,” he said. “Under the Muslim Brotherhood rule, there was no peace or democracy for the majority of Egyptians.”
Contrary to some reports by the Western media, Meunier said, Morsi’s government was not a democratically elected one. Rather, the Muslim Brotherhood party, he said, was won through violations in the election process, and did not reflect the majority of Egyptians. “What’s happening now in Egypt is not a fight between two gladiators. It’s actually the Muslim Brotherhood deciding it’s either they rule Egypt or they burn Egypt.”
“What’s happening to Christians in Egypt,” he continued, “is the price that we have to pay, and everybody else has to pay, for a long-term freedom. I know everybody’s wondering and worrying about [whether] there will be any freedom under the military rule, but what we know, and what we experienced in the Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt for over a year, is that there was no freedom.”