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Petition against ‘smear campaign’ again st Bulgarian Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.sofiaecho.com/2012/01/03/1737520_left-wing-intellectuals-petition-against-smear-campaign-against-bulgarian-orthodox-church Left-wing intellectuals
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      Left-wing intellectuals petition against ‘smear campaign’ against
      Bulgarian Orthodox Church
      Tue, Jan 03 2012 12:57 CET
      by The Sofia Echo staff

      A group of left-wing intellectuals, in an open letter to Bulgarian
      Orthodox Church head Patriarch Maxim, have spoken out against what they
      call a smear campaign against the church.

      The group, which includes writers and academics – several of them former
      members of the Bulgarian Communist Party and some of them identified by
      the Dossier Commission as having collaborated with the country’s
      communist-era State Security – expressed outrage at what they called the
      "intrigues and dirty attacks against the Holy Church".

      They said that they saw an ominous trend, "to revile everything old
      Bulgarian, anything reminiscent of the great traditions of our national
      identity and culture".

      The letter, sent to several Bulgarian-language media, made no specific
      reference to what constituted this campaign.

      However, in recent weeks, there has been a series of controversies, from
      the new luxury car being used by Varna Metropolitan Kiril, the row about
      senior clergy being checked by the Dossier Commission for affiliations
      to State Security and the Holy Synod’s controversial opposition to in
      vitro fertilisation and surrogate motherhood – in a country in the grip
      of a demographic crisis.

      "Without the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Bulgarian people and the
      country of Bulgaria have no future," the group said.

      They said that politicians and "unfortunately, some media" were involved
      in repulsive manipulation in an attempt to do away with fundamental
      values, causes and national objectives.

      Those involved in this alleged campaign had the "vile purpose to pursue
      worthy prelates who defend Orthodoxy and native dignity and honour, to
      diminish them in the eyes of the congregation".

      The statement said that "any reasonable person" knew that "the greatest
      contribution to the survival of the fatherland in the past 1100 years is
      precisely the Bulgarian Orthodox Church".

      "We cannot be indifferent and unconcerned when the unscrupulous and the
      non-believers, with evil words, lies and slanders, are trying to
      destroy, to break Bulgaria and make it (undergo) utterly new pain and

      "We know that this has not been accidental, but a measured and
      well-organised action against everything sacred and dear to Bulgarians
      and to Christians," said the group, calling for unity in defence of the
      church and inviting further signatures to their statement.
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