Armenian church accused of provoking conflict with Azerbaijan

    REGION  24 April 2024 - 11:25

    Accusations have emerged from within Armenian political circles, alleging that former leaders Robert Kocharyan and Serzh Sargsyan orchestrated a transfer of leadership within the Armenian Church as a political maneuver.

    Hayk Sukiasyan, Vice-chairman of the Armenian Christian Democratic Party, has voiced concerns over the purported politicization of the church and its potential implications on Armenia's relations with neighboring countries, Caliber.Az reports.

    Sukiasyan emphasized the constitutional separation of church and state in Armenia, expressing dismay over the church's perceived encroachment into political matters. He criticized the involvement of clergy in political affairs, particularly in light of ongoing tensions with Azerbaijan.

    "If this is true, it turns out that Armenia's former political leadership has no brains," Sukiasyan remarked. He highlighted the recent incident in Tavush (Tovuzgala), where a clergy member, Reverend Bagrat, ventured into political rhetoric, which Sukiasyan deemed inappropriate.

    The politician raised concerns about the church's alignment with political agendas, warning of potential consequences for Armenia's international standing. He accused the church leadership of promoting false patriotism and serving the interests of Armenia's adversaries.

    Sukiasyan called for a reevaluation of the church's role in Armenian society, advocating for its return to a purely spiritual function. He criticized the current church leadership, accusing them of exploiting their authority to incite division and undermine the state.

    Addressing the situation along the border, the politician warned against provocations that could escalate tensions and provoke conflict with neighboring countries. He underscored the need for the church to remain subordinate to the state and urged for a depoliticization of its activities.

    Caliber.Az

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