Posted on December. 7. 2019
BY APPO JABARIAN
Executive Publisher/Managing Editor
USA Armenian Life Magazine
During one public statement in 2014 on rampant corruption among such religious leaders as Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians and Western Diocese’ Arch. Hovnan Derderian, Jerusalem Armenian Patriarch Arch. Nourhan Manougian called them “foot lickers.”
In his scathing letter to Karekin II, Arch. Manougian had written: “Your Holiness, if you recall, a few years back, when with great pride – and justly so – you were showing me the beautiful buildings You had erected within the campus of the Mother See? I said to You, that equal to and more important than physical buildings, is reinforcing the spiritual foundation; and You reassured me that this would also happen. … Nevertheless, the time has come to establish that it is the superficial and the financial elements that are important and interesting to You.”
In the 2014 letter, Arch. Manougian called on Karekin II to self-defrock and resign.
Fast-forward to 2019. During the years following his original demand of defrocking and resignation of Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, Arch. Manougian has been mostly silent.
Did something transpire in favor of Patriarch Manougian through ‘businessmen’ Karekin II and Arch. Hovnan Derderian that might have compelled the Patriarch to retreat from his valid criticism and demand of Karekin II’s resignation, and to distance himself from calling as “foot lickers” Karekin II and his clansmen such as Arch. Derderian?
Are the following developments mere coincidences or covert acts of ‘horse-trading’?