Members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which has been holding its emergency meeting since yesterday, met today with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The religious leaders began the discussion in the office of the Prime Minister.
According to the prime minister’s office, the bishops in the conference “presented for the prime minister about the current conspiracy and blot on Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo church”. The office did not specify the nature of the “flaws,” but the prime minister said in a statement that “they will study the issues presented by the Synod and will address them in consultation with leaders at all levels.”
The Holy Synod congregational, called yesterday to address the church’s current problems, called it “unacceptable” in the ongoing efforts to establish a regional church in Oromia. The conference also discussed “the fires that happen to churches, diocese” and the “violence” against priests and parishioners, the Synod secretary Abune Joseph yesterday told Deutsche Welle.
Prime Minister Abiy, who highlighted the problems posed by members of the Synod, said that the problems “were among the challenges which facing the change.” The Prime Minister also said: “Different organizations have faced different challenges in the process of change, so we must fight together those who create obstacles.”
Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen was also present in today’s discussion, by the request of the Holy Synod of the Church. According to information from the Office of the General Synod, which began yesterday, will also continue this afternoon. The Holy Synod of the Church will give a statement tomorrow.