Monday, October 29, 2012

The next Pope of the Copts is going to be... random! And very, very silly.


By
Sean Ewart

These guys think a blindfolded child is the answer to spiritual questions.
At least the Copts aren’t bothering to pretend their faith is anything other than semi-organized insanity.

Picking a Pope, for the Copts, is so easy a blindfolded child can do it.

Here’s how it works: a bunch of grownups get together and pick out three people who they think could be the next leader of the Coptic Church. Then they write the names down on pieces of paper, mix them up, blindfold a child, and draw the names out of a box. 

Seriously. If the names are already in a box, why does the kid have to be blindfolded? And why does it have to be a child?

It’s the spiritual version of pin the tail on the donkey.

The lucky winner will be “enthroned” as Pope of the Copts in November. There will be much rejoicing.

Their last Pope, Shenouda III, died in March at the age of 88 after struggling with cancer.

A blindfolded child was overseeing his medical treatment.

1 comment:

  1. It really is a very old tradition to leave the choice up to chance which it is thought would be guided by God:

    In order to find a replacement for Judas Peter said Acts1:21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”

    23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

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