Created on Friday, 25 May 2012 18:40
Published on Friday, 25 May 2012 18:40
Pope Youannis 19, the 113th Patriarch of Alexandria became a monk on the third of Kiahk, 1592 A.M. (1876 A.D.) He was ordained Metropolitan of El-Biheirah on the twelfth of Baramhat, 1603 A.M. (1887 A.D.) He remained for 42 years as metropolitan, which were full of splendid works.
When the blessed Pope Kyrillos the fifth, departed, on the first of Misra, 1643 A.M. (August 7th, 1927 A.D.) the Holy Synod unanimously agreed to choose him as Acting Pope to run the affairs of the church until ordaining a patriarch. He was enthroned a patriarch on Sunday the seventh of Kiahk 1645 A.M. (December 16th, 1928 A.D.) He departed in peace on Sunday 14th of Baounah, 1658 A.M. (June 21st, 1942 A.D.) May his prayers be with us. Amen. The following is a translation from the book "The fall of the giants":
POPE JOHN (YOUANNIS) 19, 113th PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA
This great and revered Metropolitan, who always acted honourably, as soon as he assumed the Patriarchate, he lost his influence and became prey to the ambitions of his entourage (people around him). The treasury (of the Patriarchate) evaporated and whatever was given by him as charity was consumed before it was received. The account we are giving here shows the vast difference between his situation as a Metropolitan and that after he became Patriarch.
When he became Patriarch, leaving his diocese of El-Beheira, against the teachings of the church, its canons and its tradition, he could not stay in the Patriarchate except after he invited seven priests to perform the sacrament of anointing the sick seven times on seven consequent days because of the constant nightmares His Holiness was having and which made it impossible for him to stay in the Patriarchate.
Many priests and lay persons often heard him uttering words of regret and asking for forgiveness for ignoring the order set by the fathers in accepting the Patriarchate. Some people even heard him cursing the day in which he coveted the Patriarchal throne. He seldom sat on the throne but often locked himself in the sanctuary.
As far as the affairs of the patriarchate is concerned, things went from bad to worse, with many embarrassing situations when his subordinates disrespected and disobeyed him. Priests were frequently moved from one church to another, leaving the altar on which they were ordained (like he did). Simony became rampant, something that was not heard of with his predecessors. Many bishoprics were left empty for long periods of time. He lost his authority over the bishops and metropolitans, who often performed services in Cairo and Alexandria (his diocese as patriarch) without his permission, something that was unheard of before. Those around him affected many of his decisions, he often made a decision only to reverse it because of the opinion of someone in his retinue.
The revenues of the patriarchate decreased and he always complained about this to his friends. The “Maglis Milli” (laity council) grabbed much of his authority, and even confiscated most of the in- kind gifts and even his own salary, overturning his authority.
We could tell more but this suffices to show that Divine providence forsakes those who ignore the church canons.
He tried to reform the rules of the election of the new Pope, to put back the old custom of choosing a monk, whose rank does not exceed a hegumen, but his attempts failed. Some people ascribe this to his inability to exercise his authority over the bishops, while others said, that he didn’t want to condemn himself by doing this.