LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on August. 9. 2019

His Holiness Karekin II
Etchmiadzin, Armenia
Your Holiness Karekin II,
We, the undersigned Armenian associations and foundations, representing the majority of such organizations in Switzerland, would like to communicate the following:

  1. We fully support the 25 March 2011 letter sent to Your Holiness by the Armenian Apostolic Church Council of Switzerland.
  2. We confirm that the Armenian Apostolic Church of Switzerland (AACS) represents the vast majority of the Armenian Diaspora in ALL (the cantons) of Switzerland.
  3. We attest that the AACS is a people’s church, and the General Assembly’s votes in March 2010 and on 6 March 2011 rejecting the formation of a Diocese in Switzerland and maintaining Fr. Abel Manoukian as our priest, were conducted democratically, truly representing an absolute majority.
    We concur with AACS council that establishing a Diocese in Switzerland, recalling our priest and assigning an archbishop to Switzerland are unwarranted and against the wishes of the vast majority of the Armenian Diaspora of Switzerland.
    On behalf of our members,
    Yours Truly and Respectfully,
    St. Gregory the Illuminator Foundation
    Armenian Union of Switzerland
    Armenian General Benevolent Union of Switzerland
    Swiss-German Armenian educational and family Association
    Armenian Ecclesial and Cultural Association of Lugano

Re: Did Joseph Kanimian, Esq., Adrienne Krikorian, Esq., Arch. Hovnan Derderian Conspire to Commit Massive Violations of Western Diocese By-Laws at 2016 Diocesan Assembly in Las Vegas?

Recently, Historian Keviog Yazidjian, a leading member of Armenian Church Reform movement in Armenia has sent an official letter to Western Diocese’s Diocesan Council Chairman Hovsep Joseph Kanimian urging the latter to take swift action regarding misdeeds at the hands of corrupted and nepotistic spiritual leaders and servants at Western Diocese. Mr. Yazidjian underlined the indispensability of achieving and maintainingTRANSPARENCY at all times Below is the full text of the letter:

Dear Mr. Hovsep “Joseph” Kanimian, Los Angeles

I know you from the days of AGBU Hovakimian-Manoogian Secondary School (in Lebanon). When I was accepted into the 6th grade, you were part of the graduating class. Additionally, from my (maternal) uncles’ butcher shop used to be located on the Arax Cinema Street in Bourj Hammoud, across the street from your father’s wool store, about 100 meters away. I also know that you have close ties with my favorite friend, comedian Harout Soghomonian. Aside from all this, I am hopeful to get to know each other more in the light of developments of recent years relating to Armenian Church.

You are Chairperson of the Diocesan Council of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, USA. You are also a member of the Supreme Spiritual Council of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. These two facts as well as your status as a legal professional must compel you to side with Justice and Truth.

In recent years, especially in the past few months, dozens of accusations have been leveled against the current head of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, leaders of the Western Diocese and other dioceses, various clergymen and officials, but all these allegations are being ignored, whereas the democratic structure of our Church demands 1) Accountability relating to such accusations; 2) SERIOUS INVESTIGATION OF FACTS, AND DELIVERY OF VERDICT that are not being carried out. Why? What “justification” do you have for such indifference and failure? Instead of achieving proper governance, are we opting to play a monkey’s role — the three famous and classic positions pretending not to see, not to hear and to act like a mute. It is tragic that this sad fact not only does not contribute to finding solutions to the existing problems, but also compounds the situation exponentially more, leading our Church to a dysfunctional state and (God forbid) to total destruction. The screaming reality is that almost all our churches are in totally empty during Holy Liturgy on regular Sundays or weekdays.

In the past, our national Church has had great pontiffs who were committed to self-sacrifice in the interest of the spiritual upbringing and spiritual enrichment of their flock. Unfortunately, the majority of our contemporary pastors are not only far from being good and courageous shepherds but also in every way seeking to live like kings. Recently, without being ashamed, at the time of his preaching, a so-called priest in Nizhny Novgorod city of Russia shamelessly declared his desire to live like a king while remaining unpunished, as if his arrogant attitude was natural and the acceptable norm. In this case, the impunity reflects the sad fact that most of today’s clergy think along the same line. How sad!

So I urge you, Mr. Kanimian, as a person who has multi-level mandates due to multiple circumstances, to swiftly ensure TRANSPARENCY in the activities of the Western Diocese and become a role model even for Mother See and its various dioceses. Let the wrongdoers from regular clergy all the way to primate and even Catholicos of All Armenian get punished upon validation of the accusations presented and proven beyond any doubt based on undeniable facts that prove accused priests’ breach of covenants and responsibilities in the sorry reality of our Mother Church and its Dioceses today.

All of us should always keep in mind that there is also the very ruthless Judgment of history. I am not even talking about God’s judgment day.

Respectfully,
Kevork Yazidjian, historian
Yerevan, Armenia

Karekin II, Arch. Derderian and Arch. Yezras: Are They Spiritual Servants or Ruthless Imposters?
07-27-19
Yes, for sure they are…
Karine Abramyan
Via Facebook

We secularists are closer and more faithful to God than these false priests, some of them are wolves under the sheepskin, they should be sent to cultivate the land in the villages of Armenia, and at least once their soft and gentle hands will touch rough soil.
Verjik Balyans
Via Facebook
Yezras Nersisyan is Garegin Nersisyan’s brother. Wasn’t it too much for a family?
Artsvik Muradkhanyan
Via Facebook

Sex and Hovnan Derderian:
As a Celibate Priest, Derderian has broken his own religious vows!
04-07-19
Sadly enough, there are more priests, bishops & cardinals, ignoring celibacy than following it. (see “The Vortex” on you tube) We have to be cleansed.
Robert Florian
Via Facebook

They can choose what they want but should never be around children. Too many children are molested by clergy.
safety for children first, before individual rights.. Look at all the reports of molestation of children by clergy. So if my opinion offends you, oh well.
Juanda-Lynn Dale
Via Facebook

Church’s moved them to another place instead of legal obligations! McNasties!
Jeannette Bailey
Via Facebook
Jesus must be saying I knew it..
But then again he also says that those that did not sin, cast the first stone.
Lucky guy.
PK Balram
Via Facebook

Is this a surprise? Not to me…
Marge Hall DuPrey
Via Facebook

Humans! What they do for a living has nothing to do about who they are! Priest, politicians, police, teachers, etc they are not unique but faulty like all of us!
Albert Aguilar
Via Facebook

To ask a human to be celebrate is cruel. At first it may seem easy, but we have innate urges. If they can’t be channeled in a normal way, then they are channeled in abnormal ways. Like this.
Chris Butera
Via Facebook
YES IM NOT SURPRISE PLEASE TAKE THAT FACE OF MY FACE BOOK TABLET
Ginette Mclaughlin
Via Facebook

SOUNDS A LOT LIKE CATHLIC PRIESTS
Rebecca Elam
Via Facebook
Why are so mand god damn religious people getting sponsored to become ads? Jesus its anoying
Richard Weeks
Via Facebook

A child-raping priest. There’s a lot of that going around since…ever.
Danna Waldman
Via Facebook
Pure evil
Carson Brookings
Via Facebook

The inside of your head sounds scary!
Tammy Nelson
Via Facebook

It’s a abomination against God to be homosexual
Amy Love
Via Facebook

Shame on you Srpazan Hovnan!!!
Sarah Hadjinian Kirakossian

It is hard to imagine anything more terrible. I don’t want to believe.
Karine Markaryan
Via facebook

“The Derderian Triumvirate”
Arch. Hovnan Derderian – Pastor Manuk Markaryan – Harout Markaryan

04-28-19
You belive in god and have you see I’m have show to the world how greatful off miracles god groly power I’m have walking under raine noth falling on me they falling Bose off my side and I’m have calling thunder 3 time maken sound right left right in this world have any one do like me and also I’m have nail scar off signed on middle my Bose hand who care your.ppl dont belive me and let me have some off my money than let me go back where I’m coming from is over
Bon Dara
Via Facebook
If The Clergymen Read the Bible They Would Understand That Satan Is on the Throne
Alvard Amirkhanyan
Via Facebook

RE: Ellis Island Medal of Honor officials reject Hovnan Derderian’s request to strip Appo Jabarian of his award by virtue of the First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Press

03-04-19
Shame! I wonder what happened with “forgiveness”?
Kaloust Guedel
Via Facebook

They took the metal back? It shows that you received it.
Ara Manoogian
Via Facebook

Sad that Armenians have to do such evil things to other Armenians. Shame on Hovnan Derderian.
Gabe Korajian
Via Facebook
Truth always prevails
Armine Sarkissian
Via Facebook
Wow. What a shameful behavior.
Peter Bedros Sarkissian
Via Facebook

RE: Does Corrupted Arch. Hovnan Derderian Surround Himself with Bullying Tacticians in the footsteps of
H.H. Garegin II?

My homeland was destroyed by the hands of such people
Ashot Bagratooney
Via Facebook

Tree planting and further care of sprouted seedlings and saplings…
Raffic Ghumashyan
Via Facebook

If there are no godly people in the church, what else can we say?
Argo Toros
Via Facebook

money spoils both secular and religious people
Marina Aharonyan
Via Facebook

And what do spiritual leaders do against this?
Ara Galfayan
Via Facebook

RE:Priest Wants to “Live Like a King”
Those like him become priests to earn money, and not to preach the word of God;
Gohar Shahnazaryan
Via facebook

If you don’t have a clergyman spirit, who made you become a priest?
become a businessman, and if you could, live like a king
Alidz Khatchadourian – Sabounjian
Via Facebook
Re: THE GRACIOUS ACT OF ABDICATION
Z. S. Andrew Demirdjian: Surrounded by a sea of pagans, Armenians took a leap of faith in 301 A.D. to become the first nation to adopt Christianity as their state religion —about a quarter of a century before the Roman Emperor Constantine had dared to institute such a cultural change. As a result, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the unifying centripetal force, the kinetic energy that permeates the life of its scattered people, has become the treasure and the pride of the nation and its vast Diaspora.

Mankind has never ceased finding explanations for the creation of the Earth and the emergence of man. Many of these explanations are exceedingly interesting and compelling, but much of their detail is no longer regarded strictly factual after the dawn of Darwinism. Instead, they are more properly interpreted as reflections of man’s past yearning to fathom mysteries he could not possibly understand. In this article, we shall trace the beginning of religion and show how Armenians have been imbued with the teaching of their present religion and how they are always determined to keep their church free of degradation by getting rid of their misfit clergymen either by deposing them or by voluntary resignation.
Armenia’s deep involvement with religion goes back further in time than 301 A.D. In fact, there is unequivocal evidence to support this claim. Based on several post-Ottoman era archeological excavations in Western Armenia (e.g., Nevali Cori, Chayonu, Tille Hoyuk, Samsat, etc.), proto-Armenians had given birth to an early civilization partly based on religion. Unfortunately, these sites are given Turkish names. Notwithstanding, they are nothing but sites located on the Armenian Highlands; therefore, the findings pertain to Armenians long before the Turks had usurped their land.

Read more at
http://www.armenianlife.com/…/the-gracious-act-of…/

Thank you Prof. Demirdjian. Karekin and his corrupt entourage should resign. That’s all.
Gabe Korajian
Via Facebook

Can they see this …send to them …
Sylva Portoian
Via Facebook
God bless you Dear Appo Jabarian, your posts and the informations you spread are very important for all of us. Thank you and may our Beloved God give us the strength and the needed wisdom to continue our spiritual battle against this devil.
Christapor Sargavak Frungian
Via Facebook
Appo Jabarian’s response: Thank you Christapor Sargavak Frungian, Gabe Korajian, Sylva Portoian and friends who are posting your empathetic comments. Please be informed that in this post the above comments and article are written by Prof. ANDREW DEMIRDJIAN of California State University Long Beach. He deserves the credit for writing such an insightful and empowering article.
The corrupt head-priest Karekin II and his mafia group who have used and abused our holy churches have to resign now.
Gabe Korajian
Via Facebook

RE: Ellis Island Medal of Honor officials reject Hovnan Derderian’s request to strip Appo Jabarian of his award by virtue of the First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Press

03-04-19
Shame! I wonder what happened with “forgiveness”?
Kaloust Guedel
Via Facebook

They took the metal back? It shows that you received it.
Ara Manoogian
Via Facebook

Sad that Armenians have to do such evil things to other Armenians. Shame on Hovnan Derderian.
Gabe Korajian
Via Facebook
Truth always prevails
Armine Sarkissian
Via Facebook
Wow. What a shameful behavior.
Peter Bedros Sarkissian
Via Facebook

RE: Does Corrupted Arch. Hovnan Derderian Surround Himself with Bullying Tacticians in the footsteps of
H.H. Garegin II?

My homeland was destroyed by the hands of such people
Ashot Bagratooney
Via Facebook

Tree planting and further care of sprouted seedlings and saplings…
Raffic Ghumashyan
Via Facebook

If there are no godly people in the church, what else can we say?
Argo Toros
Via Facebook

money spoils both secular and religious people
Marina Aharonyan
Via Facebook

And what do spiritual leaders do against this?
Ara Galfayan
Via Facebook

RE:Priest Wants to “Live Like a King”
Those like him become priests to earn money, and not to preach the word of God;
Gohar Shahnazaryan
Via facebook

If you don’t have a clergyman spirit, who made you become a priest?
become a businessman, and if you could, live like a king
Alidz Khatchadourian – Sabounjian
Via Facebook
Re: THE GRACIOUS ACT OF ABDICATION
Z. S. Andrew Demirdjian: Surrounded by a sea of pagans, Armenians took a leap of faith in 301 A.D. to become the first nation to adopt Christianity as their state religion —about a quarter of a century before the Roman Emperor Constantine had dared to institute such a cultural change. As a result, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the unifying centripetal force, the kinetic energy that permeates the life of its scattered people, has become the treasure and the pride of the nation and its vast Diaspora.

Mankind has never ceased finding explanations for the creation of the Earth and the emergence of man. Many of these explanations are exceedingly interesting and compelling, but much of their detail is no longer regarded strictly factual after the dawn of Darwinism. Instead, they are more properly interpreted as reflections of man’s past yearning to fathom mysteries he could not possibly understand. In this article, we shall trace the beginning of religion and show how Armenians have been imbued with the teaching of their present religion and how they are always determined to keep their church free of degradation by getting rid of their misfit clergymen either by deposing them or by voluntary resignation.
Armenia’s deep involvement with religion goes back further in time than 301 A.D. In fact, there is unequivocal evidence to support this claim. Based on several post-Ottoman era archeological excavations in Western Armenia (e.g., Nevali Cori, Chayonu, Tille Hoyuk, Samsat, etc.), proto-Armenians had given birth to an early civilization partly based on religion. Unfortunately, these sites are given Turkish names. Notwithstanding, they are nothing but sites located on the Armenian Highlands; therefore, the findings pertain to Armenians long before the Turks had usurped their land.

Read more at
http://www.armenianlife.com/…/the-gracious-act-of…/

Thank you Prof. Demirdjian. Karekin and his corrupt entourage should resign. That’s all.
Gabe Korajian
Via Facebook

Can they see this …send to them …
Sylva Portoian
Via Facebook
God bless you Dear Appo Jabarian, your posts and the informations you spread are very important for all of us. Thank you and may our Beloved God give us the strength and the needed wisdom to continue our spiritual battle against this devil.
Christapor Sargavak Frungian
Via Facebook
Appo Jabarian’s response: Thank you Christapor Sargavak Frungian, Gabe Korajian, Sylva Portoian and friends who are posting your empathetic comments. Please be informed that in this post the above comments and article are written by Prof. ANDREW DEMIRDJIAN of California State University Long Beach. He deserves the credit for writing such an insightful and empowering article.
The corrupt head-priest Karekin II and his mafia group who have used and abused our holy churches have to resign now.
Gabe Korajian
Via Facebook

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