My Armenian is pretty bad. I can talk to my mom and people at church, but when I turn on the Armenian channel on TV and they discuss the economy, it's like I'm listening to Chinese.
That being said, I did my best with the paragraph you pasted. It had lots of big words, and the sentences were complex, but I tried. This is what I got, and I'm sure it's not perfect:
First, for the Armenian Church, could these one and one half million Armenians all have been Christian, when historically it appears that among their ranks were atheists, heathens and Masons, and the Christians were not all of one faith, in other words there were Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants? Is it accepted that all these victims are saints, or if only the Christian victims, how can the Armenian Apostolic Church canonize also those who are not members of the Church (Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants?) If we accept for one moment that the martyrs are truly canonized only “for the faith,” then that presents questions also. For example, were the Protestant Christians who were martyred “for the faith” at the time of the Genocide also canonized by the Armenian Church? Don’t the Protestants reject the traditional churches, including the Armenian Church? And if the Protestant Christian martyrs are also canonized by the Armenian Church, why is the Armenian Church now fighting against the Protestant groups, “Word of Life,” Pentecostals, and other groups?
VasnTearn's Armenian is a thousand times better than mine, and I am sure she can correct my translation if she sees this.
The author is basically asking the question, What of those who died for Christ, but weren't members of the Church? I like Fr. Findikyan's explanation that out of the vast number who died, only God knows who is among the saints that were canonized.
What if there were some Protestants who truly loved God, and who were killed when they refused to renounce Christ and convert to Islam? Who are we to say that God hasn't somehow made them saints also? Granted it would be kind of weird since Protestants don't believe in saints, but still, who are we to say? And to answer the question at the end of the paragraph, I don't think this would invalidate the struggle against the sects. This would not mean that we would have to accept their churches as being true, much less the same as ours.
I've always been taught that the Church believes in mystery. We don't have to have answers for every little thing. And sometimes accepting that is the hardest thing we do as Christians. I personally am OK with letting go and trusting God to sort out who is a saint and who is not.
But I do have trouble with someone saying that those outside the Church were definitely among those canonized.