Radio Erena: 26 September 2017
The Synod of the Eritrean Orthodox Church warns that it is set to take an action against Bizen Monastery for its decision to condemn two top bishops of the church for allegedly colluding with the ruling party – People’s Front for Democracy and Justice – PFDJ.
In a press release published on the 22nd of September, the Synod of the church pointed out the denunciation by the monastery is illegal which was made by some members in the name of the monastery using its official stamp.
The press release warns that the denunciation is not based on evidence and is in contempt of the Orthodox church which did not follow proper rules of the church.
Bizen Monastery Officials is recalled to denounce Secretary of the Synod of the Orthodox Church – HH Bishop Lukas and the head of the Popal Council of the church – HH Bishop Basilos for colluding with the Eritrea’s ruling party – PFDJ.
Eritrean Monasteries are used to issue similar kind of condemnations against members of the Orthodox church, who are believed to have colluded with agents of the PFDJ that jeopardize the integrity of the church.
HH Bishop Lukas has been providing benediction while HH Patriarch Anthonios – the top leader of the Orthodox church is alive, which is considered illegal by the church.
HH Patriarch Anthonios has been languishing under house arrest for the past 11 (eleven) years after he was detained by the Eritrean Government without any charges of wrong doing.
Eritrea’s Global Religious Advocacy Council of the church- for North America, Europe and the Middle East has published the benediction on http://tewahdo.org stating that it is a curse given to the people in the name of benediction.
It has been reported that Bishops Lukas and Basilos and other member of the Orthodox Church council have repeatedly been issued warnings for jeopardizing the church’s integrity and for damages they allegedly inflicting up on the church, its clergy and followers by colluding with the country’s national security agents who constantly try to interfere in the church’s daily operations.