Egyptian pope rejects ruling letting Copts remarry

Tue Jun 8, 2010 2:41pm GMT

* Court ruling had said divorced Copts could remarry

* Egypt's Orthodox Coptic Pope rejects remarriage ruling

* Coptic leader's most outspoken remarks so far

By Yasmine Saleh

CAIRO, June 8 (Reuters) - The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church rejected on Tuesday a court ruling that Coptic men could remarry, saying the decision was against the church's principles and reflected interference in its affairs.

A court upheld a ruling last week that two Coptic men had the right to remarry even though divorced, a move seen as undermining the church's efforts to maintain authority over Christians in Muslim-majority Egypt.

The court decision was prompted by a rare intervention by Coptic Pope Shenouda who had launched an appeal on behalf of the church to overturn a similar court ruling made in March 2008.

Shenouda and 90 other officials in Egypt's Orthodox church had signed a document against the verdict, the pope said.   Continued...

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