17061Romanian cleric served as Communist informant
- Oct 25, 2012http://www.wkrn.com/story/19893345/romanian-cleric-served-as-communist-informant
Romanian cleric served as Communist informant
Posted: Oct 23, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Updated: Oct 23, 2012 1:21 PM EDT
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romania's highest court has upheld the
conviction of a top Orthodox cleric that he secretly served as an
informant for the country's communist-era Securitate police.
The 83-year-old Archbishop Pimen was found guilty by a government
council of serving as an informant sent by the church and the Securitate
to spy on fellow clergy and members of Romania's expatriate community in
the United States in the 1970s.
Before the allegations emerged in 2007, he was considered one of the
luminaries of the church and had hosted Romania's former King Michael
and Britain's Prince Charles at famous painted monasteries in Romania.
The conviction carries no penalty.
The influential Romanian Orthodox Church has opposed opening the files
of its senior clergy from Romania's 1945-1989 communist era. Many
priests are believed to have collaborated.