March 2, 2013
Dear BBC Africa,
The BBC Africa News of March 1 broke the news of the new appointment of Patriarch Mathias as a Sixth leader of the
Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. For we the believers in exile the legal patriarch is Bishop Merkorios the 4th Patriarch who was removed by the TPLF/Woyane when it captured power from Mengistu Hailemariam in 1991.
As a Catholic church is entering a new chapter, for a living Pope, Benedict 16, resigned for a new Pope to be selected, in Ethiopia the living Bishop was forced out and the fifth one was appointed by the regime in power more than two decades ago. Shamefully, BBC joined in disrespecting our church by ignoring the legal 4th Bishop Merkorios and braking the news of the Sixth Bishop.
BBC by ignoring the living Fourth Bishop Merkorios the exiled leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo lost its credibility in the eyes of the believers. We need appropriate explanation for such reporting.When does BBC become part of picking the leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewhaedo church ?
For the record, Ethiopia has one legal and another illegal Patriarch. The illegal Patriarch Mathias will not be welcome in the Diaspora Ethiopian Community!
New York City