Moldavian bishop believes "Bessarabian Metropolia" to be Bucharest political project abroad
04 July 2008, 17:50
Moldavian bishop believes "Bessarabian Metropolia" to be Bucharest
political project abroad
Moscow, July 4, Interfax - The Romanian Patriarchate's interference
in Moldavian church life reflects political will of Bucharest
politicians dreaming of "Great Romania," Bishop Markell of Beltsy and
"It (activity of "the Bessarabian Metropolia" in Moldavia - IF) is
only Bucharest's political order executed by the Synod, hierarchs and
priests of the Romanian Church," Bishop Markell stated in his
interview to Interfax-Religion.
He reminds that the Romanian Orthodox Church is a state Church and
its priests receive their salary from the authorities and "thus they
become the bearers of the modern Romanian state policy on the
territory of Moldova" and execute its political order.
"The Romanian state has spared no effort to attach Moldavia to
Romania," the interviewee of the agency said.
Meanwhile, according to him, "the Moldavian people in its
overwhelming majority don't want it."
"Moldova wants nothing of Romania, only to leave us alone. It will be
the most welcome and wanted gift from Romania. Leave us alone - we
don't want anything else. We have our Patriarch and we've been
faithful to him for long centuries," the bishop said.
According to him, if the Orthodox Church in Moldavia "leaves the
Moscow Patriarchate, the Romanian Patriarchate will take it in a
night without even asking priests and hierarchs."
"That's why we count only on the Russian Orthodox Church and prayers
of all her faithful children."