• 16/05/2021

The Episcopal Church is one of the Protestant Churches denominations, and it includes average number of 20 churches out of 1,500 churches of the rest of the Protestant Churches denominations in Egypt. This is the truth about which, it is not possible to disagree or speak otherwise, and we call on Archbishop Munir Hanna, as the head of one of the Protestant Churches denominations, to play a more effective role in solving problems and stopping crisis, as mentioned, which appeared after he is assigned in his position, and imposed as the head of the episcopal congregation, especially since the Judicial court had preceded ending all judicial disputes by issuing numerous judgments, including three affirmed and final judgments by the Supreme Administrative Court, which are:
- The judicial ruling in Appeal No. 15511 of 53 BC issued on November 16, 2013, and issued on the inadmissibility of the decision of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church to separate from the Protestant Churches denominations and consider it part of the Protestant Churches in Egypt.
- The judicial ruling in Appeal No. 83502 of 63 BC issued on May 16, 2020, that the Episcopal Church may not be separated from the Protestant Churches of Egypt.
- The judicial ruling in Appeal No. 67194 for the year 65 BC. Supreme Court issued on August 17, 2020, not permissible to separate the Episcopal Church from the Protestant Churches denominations.
All of these judicial rulings were issued by the Supreme Administrative Court, in addition to the judicial ruling in Case No. 72/19847 issued on September 26, 2020, that legal personality may not be granted to the Episcopal Church as it is affiliated with the Protestant Churches denominations in Egypt.
These and all other judicial rulings, we adhere to all of them, in addition to the ruling referred to by Bishop Munir Hanna himself; Because it recognizes the same truth, which is that it is not permissible to separate the Episcopal Church, and it is not permissible to turn around or circumvent it, and no person can - when talking about court rulings - but respect and implement them. Violating or not implementing court rulings is also legally criminalized.
The statements of Bishop Munir Hanna regarding what he called "the legal status of the Episcopal Church," as he put it, were far from reality or from the law and the court rulings issued.
He mentioned that there is a ruling (962 of the 27 judicial year issued in the session of January 11, 1986) stating that “the Episcopal Church may not be part of the Protestant Churches” but he did not kindly publish this ruling or the subject of the lawsuit related to it or its parties, and we do not see the reason for that is that it is a desire to prolong and continue the conflict, but this time not in the corridors of the court but at the level of public opinion, so we - publish this judgment in its details so that it becomes clear to the public opinion and to the followers of the Episcopal Church, who have been part of the evangelical community since In 1940, all the dimensions and circumstances of the matter, and the purpose of opening this file from time to time, although it was completely closed by the final court judgments issued by the highest administrative court, the Supreme Administrative Court.
First: The ruling referred to by Archbishop Munir Hanna is a special ruling for appealing against case No. 1314 of 32 BC, which was filed by the Episcopal Church requesting the annulment of the Minister of Education’s decision, issued on May 3, 1978 to annex the school owned by the Episcopal Church in Cairo to the Ministry of Education.
On March 17, 1981 the court ruled in this case to be rejected, which prompted the Episcopal Church to appeal this ruling, which carried Appeal No. 962 for the year 27 BC, which is the judgment referred to by Bishop Munir Hanna, and on January 11, 1986 the judgment was issued rejecting the appeal for reasons It is the proof of the school’s violation of the Education Law, the proven financial and administrative violations committed by the school and the refusal to cancel the Minister of Education’s decision to include the Episcopal Church School to the Ministry of Education and consider it an official school.
From here it becomes clear and certain that the aforementioned judgment has nothing to do - near or far - with the separation of the Episcopal Church from the Protestant Churches denominations, but rather is specific to the education decision to place the Episcopal Church schools under financial and administrative supervision, and the aforementioned appeal is not the only one in this regard. ; Where a number of schools of the Episcopal Church were also included in a number of governorates, and the Episcopal Church filed a number of other cases in these governorates, including (Appeal No. 2965, 2966 for the year 32 BC in Fayoum) and all of these cases the Episcopal Church submitted documents stating its affiliation to the Protestant Churches denominations.
Also, the parties to the conflict in all the aforementioned cases have nothing to do with the separation of the Episcopal Church from the Protestant Churches denominations, so what is the relationship of the decisions of His Excellency the Minister of Education - against which these lawsuits are based - with the separation of the Episcopal Church from the Protestant Churches denominations?
In addition to the fact that the Supreme Administrative Court - in the merits of its ruling in the aforementioned appeal - stated that the Episcopal Church is an Egyptian church that follows the Protestant Churches in Egypt, according to the testimonies issued by the General Evangelical Council, issued on November 29, 1944, stating that the Episcopal Church is affiliated with it. The Episcopal Church itself presented this appeal and all the cases.
This confirms that the court - in this or other appeal - did not rule on the affiliation of the Episcopal Church to the Protestant Churches denominations. As he is not the subject of all these lawsuits.
Here, the inaccuracy of what was published becomes clear with the existence of a ruling issued by the Administrative Court stating that the Episcopal Church should not be part of the Evangelical sect, and that such a speech depicts - contrary to the truth - the existence of contradictory rulings issued by the same court, and we repeat that this is not true. It never happened.
Second: Concerning what was published that the State Litigation Authority issued a report in 1991 that the Episcopal Church is not among the denominations of the Protestant Churches, in Appeal No. 2965/2966 of 32 BC, we have indicated in the previous lines that the subject of these lawsuits is also an appeal against the decision of the Ministry of Education by placing another school in Fayoum affiliated with the Episcopal Church under financial and administrative supervision, and it has nothing to do with the request to separate the Episcopal Church from the Protestant Churches denominations. The evidence for this is also that the dispute regarding the request to separate the Episcopal Church from the Protestant Churches denominations began in 2004, and with the assumption of Bishop Munir Hanna. Presidency of the Episcopal Church, and before this date there was no request or desire from all the bishops who assumed the presidency of the Episcopal Church to separate the Episcopal Church from the Protestant Churches, but all matters were going well, and the Episcopal Church was working under the umbrella of the Protestant Churches with all friendliness, love and harmony, And all its affairs were proceeding without any problems, according to the regulations of the Episcopal Church and also according to the list of the General Evangelical Council.
Third: The judgment referred to by Archbishop Munir Hanna, and all the reports and correspondence, all of which were submitted by the lawyer of the Episcopal Church in all cases filed by the Episcopal Church, which amounted to 11 and more cases, to demand the separation of the Episcopal Church from the Protestant Churches denominations, which was all rejected. This means that the esteemed court has examined and re-examined all the papers, judgments and reports presented by the Episcopal Church, and saw that it is not an argument before the court, cannot be relied upon, and has no relationship to the subject of the dispute, otherwise the court would have based its rulings on it because it is known from the State Council that:
Quote: “ It is the relief that individuals and groups fear when one of them thinks that he is robbed of the right ... and it is he who, through his rulings, delineates the boundaries of what is done and what is left. (by Prof. Dr. Abdul Razzaq Al-Sanhuri - State Council - First Issue 1950, pp. 29-32).
The State Council continues its rulings with what they were issued, without any contradiction between the previous and the next.