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Ban on women's trousers in church sparks protest at Abbasiya Cathedral
Decision from bishop on women's modesty draws protesters into Abbasiya Cathedral in front of Pope Tawadros II, who rejected the demonstration
Ahram Online, Wednesday 6 Aug 2014
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Coptic Pope Tawadros II, head of Coptic Orthodox church (Photo: Reuters)

Tens of Egyptian Orthodox Coptic Christians entered the main cathedral in Cairo on Wednesday while Pope Tawadros II was speaking to protest against a decision from a bishop for women to wear more "modest" clothing during holy communion.

Last month, Bishop Bishoy of Damietta and Kafr El-Sheikh governorates ordered for signs to be put in churches in the diocese stating that "all ladies and girls above the age of 11 should refrain from wearing trousers, blouses or make-up during the sacrament of holy communion in the divine liturgy, and they should wear modest dress."

The decision sparked a protest outside of Abbasiya's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo on Wednesday, according to Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

The protesters eventually entered the church and raised signs against the decision and asking for direct action from Tawadros II, who was speaking at the pulpit at the time.

Tawadros II called on the protesters to lower their signs and not to protest in such a manner, assuring them that he is working on the matter.

Bishoy's decisions have previously triggered anger from Christian women.

In May 2012, he called on "Christian girls to learn from veiled Muslim women with their modesty. Some Christian women might be displeased with me, but the Virgin Mary, Saint Demiana and the nuns wore modest clothes."
 



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kifleyesus Bayru
13-08-2014 06:58pm
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It is ancient Fathers message
Although it is better if they do with love and obedience what God demanded from Us, abune Bishoy's message is clear and direct. It is also written by st. Paul in his Epistle to Corinthians . In many Orthodox Christians whether men or women should wear modest cloths. Eritrean and Ethiopia orthodoxy are typical examples. Whenever they come to church men has large and long garment cover their body except their head as st. Paul said at the same time women they do not wear trouser and they totally cover their head. This is the tradition of Christianity but we need to teach why we order and why we should do it in order to do by love and obedience. The teaching should be supported by all preachers and fathers.
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Senait
11-08-2014 08:31pm
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There is nothing to be angry about ,He is right.
What is the problem to wear "modest" clothing during holy communion, He didn't order it to wear it always, we don't go to church to show our fashioned clothes but to pray and communicate with God.
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Jenny
11-08-2014 04:59pm
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Hey
Instead of blaming women for being women, why don't you men have some self control and stop raping us just because we are women. By the way, you should cover your arms. you may one day get attacked. Then how would you feel? The day a man dictates what is proper when we worship (Either in a Mosque, Church or Synagogue) is the day the world explodes with rage. We've had enough! Look the other way! And by the way, we were all born into this world naked. You are the ones who demonize our bodies.
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Jenny
14-08-2014 10:02pm
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Not tacky
I wouldn't wear anything inapporpriate anywhere. However if in MY place of worship I chose to wear my jeans and boots, i'm not there for you. I'm there for God. And God knows I refuse to wear anything BUT jeans and boots. If that draws attention then clearly the problem isn't with me. It may be your sick twisted mentality. I'd get that looked at.
Nina
13-08-2014 08:02pm
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are you orthodox?
Do you know how to dress in church? It is God's house, not yours. Dress respectful. That is all he was saying. This is not your "come as you are, we don't offend anyone" type of church. This is a TRADITIONAL FIRST century church. He is not blaming women. It's common sense and respect. Respect yourself first
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senait Dimitri
10-08-2014 05:55pm
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Women should not wear trouser during Liturgy
I agree with the Bishop as we women go to the Liturgy to get blessing from God we should be wearing modest not showing our legs or wear makeup other wise this women protest shows arrogance against God and no respect, I go to copt church and sometimes I feel sad because they come as if they go out to dance or wear short skirt , who is God Jesus in their eyes ? they should bend their heart , one way or another we get punishment but we don't why if only think our behavior then we know, Ladies please understand God he very kind don't make him angry the Bishop is right I as a woman tell you this thanks you P.s just think which one is better in front go God mini and make up or modest long dress, just think , other days we wear make up lipstick hill shoes pants etc, the church is church one has to think church going to meet God and was its sin taking the holy blood and bread should be with humility which starts with modest dressing, my beautiful sisters think you know better . thank you
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Maria Karras
10-08-2014 05:36pm
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God doesn't judge us by what we wear
God gave us free will and it is not for the church authorities to take that away. God doesn't judge us by what we wear. God knows our hearts.
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Theresa David-Mason
10-08-2014 04:08pm
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What???!
Why because men can't handle it? I'm all for modesty but lets be honest here.
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diana malek
09-08-2014 10:25pm
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some humility required
I am a woman and attend a Coptic church In America. I am often ashamed to see how immodestly some of the women are dressed. I do not invite my Christian friends from other denominations to church because of this. I am okay with pants and blouses and some make-up, but tight stretch pants or leggings, tight bouses and cleavage, heavy eyeliner and lipstick, five inch heels and miniskirts. .. that is clearly of the world. We are all broken and the church is a hospital as my abouna once said. But we need to try to establish some basic "hygiene" in our sacred hospital. Standards of dress and humble appearance thatdo not scream "look at me.!"
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Athena
10-08-2014 01:31pm
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Some humility required
I agree with you 100 percent. Feminists and liberals may get their wsy when it comes to society out on the streets but the church is ever constant and unchanging. If people dont like it, no one is forcing them to go to church.
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Dave
07-08-2014 08:22am
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Agree
I totally agree with this person and I think men should stop wearing dresses also.
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Dave
08-08-2014 10:49pm
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so
So dose that mean there are 4 people that think men should wear dresses.
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Usama
07-08-2014 07:56am
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Double Standards
Had it been done by brotherhood, it would have been termed as extremism.
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Allen
07-08-2014 04:25pm
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It is extremism
But had it been by the brotherhood women would have no voice what so ever. So no comparisons here for you to claim double standards.
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uuta
07-08-2014 12:05am
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equality wake up
Yeah. Maybe they did, but in this day and age women go out and work to bring in money for their families. Women have been declared equal to men, so if they want to wear pants or make up into church, they have every right to do so.
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