Romania to verify Orthodox clerics' secret police files before election of patriarch
Romania to verify Orthodox clerics' secret police files before
election of patriarch
The Associated Press
Published: August 7, 2007
BUCHAREST, Romania: Officials said Tuesday they will publish the
names of top Orthodox clerics who collaborated with Romania's former
secret police, the Securitate, before the election of a new patriarch.
"One of them will be the patriarch of the Orthodox Church and it
would be a shame to discover later that he's a Securitate general,"
said Mircea Dinescu, a board member of the Council for Studying the
Patriarch Teoctist, who died on July 30 at the age of 92, will be
replaced in the autumn after a 40-day mourning period.
The state council will review the files and publish the names of any
clerics who collaborated, said Dinescu, a former anti-communist dissident.
The church, which has resisted efforts in the past for the council to
publish files regarding the priests, said it welcomed the review of
The election of the new patriarch in September is expected to be a
choice between a conservative and a more reformist candidate. The
Holy Synod chooses the candidates, who are then voted for by a church
assembly that include Orthodox clerics, lay people and a few politicians.
Teoctist and his predecessor, Justinian Marina, have been criticized
for failing to condemn the crimes committed by the communist regime
and instead choosing to collaborate with the government.