(Editor’s Note: In view of a production error in which the continuation of the story did not appear, and correcting several typographical errors, we are reprinting this statement.)
NEW YORK — On December 5, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) issued a statement in response to the letter last week disseminated widely by Patriarch Nourhan Manougian addressed to the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.
The AGBU response appears in its entirety below:
The Armenian General Benevolent Union has always been watchful and supportive of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem as we believe it is one of our most important spiritual and national institutions in the world in terms of our heritage, and because of the prominent status the Armenian Apostolic Church maintains in the cradle of Christendom.
We also believe that it is of utmost importance to maintain strong relations between the Patriarchate and the Mother See based on mutual respect, Christian spirit and recognition of the supremacy of the Mother See of Echmiadzin as the head of our Armenian Apostolic Church.