My blessings and warm good wishes to you all.
I am writing to you about some troubling news from Armenia in the last few days, regarding a small, vocal group of protestors—clergy and lay people—agitating for the resignation of the Catholicos of All Armenians.
In our homeland we have witnessed in the past month a remarkable expression of genuinely popular will, with many thousands of Armenia’s citizens calling for a more open and just society. The same noble ideals also apply to our holy Church. Yet the Church is far more than a political institution. It is the Body of Christ, an eternal, mysterious and sacred communion of frail human beings with almighty God.
Every Sunday during the holy Badarak we pray that God protect Christ’s holy Church, keeping her stable and strong by the power of the Holy Spirit. We commend faithful people who seek to strengthen our church in such a prayerful spirit of prudence, Christian zeal, dignity and love. We decry personal attacks and pompous demonstrations.
With this letter I join my brother Diocesan primates and clergy around the globe in asking our faithful to uphold those same standards of character in this present moment.
Catholicos Karekin II is the duly chosen pontiff of the Armenian Church, the spiritual father of the Armenian people, sustained by our prayers in every Badarak. He is supported by our clergy, honored by our people around the world, respected by the leaders of our sister churches. These are not matters to be treated lightly, or with disrespect.
On behalf of the clergy and faithful of the Eastern Diocese, I reaffirm our solidarity with the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Catholicos of Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II.
During this delicate time in the life of our people, let us pray for our Lord’s guidance and mercy.
The Very Reverend Fr. Daniel Findikyan