(The following letter, sent to the new Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, and Diocesan Council Chairman James Kalustian, was shared with the Armenian Mirror-Spectator by its author, Hirant Gulian.)
I am sure you know the turbulence in the Armenian community concerning the sale of Diocesan air rights.
Over the past 100 years, the community worked very hard to purchase one of the most valuable properties in New York City and built the Diocesan Center and St. Vartan Cathedral. No one has the right to sell anything without consulting the Armenian community.
Today, the Diocesan Council and its chairman are in the process of selling, or better yet, giving away the blood and sweat of those who sacrificed and made possible the purchase of the Diocesan Complex.
Therefore, it is the Armenian community members who should make the final decision, not the Chairman of the Diocesan Council.
In the United States, like in Armenia, people speak, leaders listen, and those leaders who do not listen to the people will have to resign and go home.