miercuri, 10 octombrie 2007

Romanian government files show Orthodox prelate as informer

Bucharest, Oct. 9, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Documents from Romania's former
regime show that a prominent Orthodox prelate, Archbishop Pimen of
Suceava and Radauti, was an informant for the Communist secret police.
documents released from the Council for Study of the Securitate
Archives show that Archbishop Pimen is one of several Orthodox bishops
who were registered as secret-police informants. Orthodox Church
leaders have urged the faithful to withhold judgment on the
revelations, saying that the bishops did not harm anyone by providing
information to the police.
documents from government archives in Romania closely parallel the
revelations that have shaken the Catholic hierarchy in Poland. In the
case of Archbishop Pimen the charges of collaboration are particularly
sensitive because the archbishop was an outspoken critic of the
Communist regime and its failure to restore parish properties to church

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