Due to recent disagreements between the Swiss-Armenian community and Holy See of
Etchmiadzin, leaders of the former have initiated a petition to persuade Catholicos Karekin II to reverse his approach/policies re the status of the Armenian Church in Switzerland. Below is the petition.--Editor
23 June 2011
We, the undersigned, petition His Holiness Karekin II to reverse current policies that pertain to the centralization of control and unilateral decision making of local church matters. We ask that the traditional democratic principles of our Armenian Apostolic Church be restored and preserved. This request includes: renewing respect towards and adherence to the principle of separating spiritual matters (responsibility of clergy) from structural, financial, administrative, and legal matters (managed by laity); establishing a constructive practice of dialogue with our communities and all believers therein; and listening to our faithful in their wish to choose their own church status and priest.