MINELRES: (Moldovan President) Vladimir Voronin threatens Bessarabian Metropolitan Church with annulment of its registration
Wed Dec 26 10:26:28 2007
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Vladimir Voronin threatens Bessarabian Metropolitan Church with
annulment of its registration
2007-12-01/08:21 Moldova's President Vladimir Voronin warns he will
order the annulment of the registration of the Metropolitan Church of
Bessarabia, contrary to the decision of the European Court of Human
Rights (ECHR) which compelled Moldova?s Government to register it a
few years ago, if a decision on setting up three new dioceses is not
The President stated during a TV show on Friday, November 30, that he
doesn't need "a second Kosovo" in Moldova, referring to the recent
disputes of the Romanian Patriarchate and the Moscow Patriarchate on
reactivating on Moldova's territory 3 Romanian Dioceses: the Balti
Diocese, the Cantemir Diocese and the Dubasari Diocese.
"If these events will further unfold, we assume ourselves the right to
disregard the ECHR decision, because we all understand that the
humankind has seen more wars, with 90% of them being on religious
grounds, when a state was looking to impose its religion to another
state", the Voronin said, specifying that he was making an official
statement as a head of state.
"It is the same provocation scheme against us, against the
independence, sovereignty, against the country, identity and people.
We cannot bargain our faith and we cannot make it the prisoner of our
politics, indifferently of the way it looks like: clever, bad, good,
idiot", Vladimir Voronin said.
Recently, the Chisinau representatives of the Socialist Party stated
that the decision of the Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church on
reactivating on Moldova's territory 3 dioceses of the Metropolitan
Church of Bessarabia would lead to a new "church war in the Moldovan
The Bishop of Tiraspol and Dubasari, Iustinian Ovcinnikov, has also
accused the Romanian Orthodox Church of unleashing "a crusade against
the Russian Orthodox Church" by reactivating the Orthodox Diocese of
Dubasari and entire Transnistria.
The Romanian Orthodox Church states that the reactivation of the 3
dioceses by the decision of the Autonomous Metropolitan Church of
Bessarabia was a natural action. A recent press communique of the
Romanian Patriarchate reads that this reactivation was the natural
consequence of the fact that, previously, by a 2004 decision of the
Supreme Court of Moldova and by the modifications to the status of
organisation and functioning of the Metropolitan Church of Bessarabia,
it was recognised as "spiritual, canonical, historical successor of
the Metropolitan Church of Bessarabia, which operated until 1944,
inclusively", with its component dioceses.
The Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church did but recognised legally
these dioceses without intending to spark any conflicts between the
Romania's Patriarchate and the Moscow Patriarchate, the communique
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