People who live in glass houses should not throw
2010 12 09
Augin Kurt makes a brave attempt to defend the hidden agenda in the
management of Mor Gabriel monastery. The self-proclaimed defender of
St. Gabriel would like to assert that the Aramaic Democratic
Organisation (Ardo) has embezzled money while the monastery's
representative is completely innocent. There seems to be a little
truth in what we say, because Kurt with his journalistic background
takes care of the issue.
Our response should not be construed as a defense but rather as a
First of all we have in our article called for account in terms of
all grants in the form of handouts, project grants, church
contributions, the EU contribution, UNESCO, the World Council of
Churches and other grants. But unfortunately there is no official
financial reports/clothing of accounts, but the leadership of the
monastery manage the money after own discretion.
Second, we agree with you that everything is about money and power
or, rather, that power corrupts when there is money in the game. In
Mor Gabriel's management case, there is huge amount of money that is
not shown. This is the main reason why the Aramean movement is
boycotting alms/sponsorship to the monastery. Like a high-ranking
representatives of the "assyrian" group who was accused of
embezzling one million without having exonerated himself, we demand
the monastery's representative to clear themselves . We do not
really understand why YOU are now after more than a year to
whitewash the reputation of Mar Gabriel's leadership!
Thirdly, in terms of project funds received from various quarters,
we do not disclose our sources, but we can certainly say that there
was a high-ranking representative of the "assyrian" movement in
different contexts has emphatically asserted that he has drawn in
significant sums to the monastery in the form of project funding. He
has dropped out of the movement, since he came to the knowledeg of
that money ended up in the wrong hands, thus proving our theory that
the "assyrian thing" is all about the hunt for more money and power.
Last but not least, we want to make just one clarification on your
statement regarding the movie "The hidden pearl" , namely that we do
not have anything to do with its creation and therefore we do not
feel being concerned to your accusations, but it may stand for you,
and the movies representatives to answer you!
Aramean Democratic Organsiation