We earn 8% in referral fees when you shop Amazon through our link. We make it easy! Click to learn how.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Bishop recalls Communist persecution of Romanian Catholic Church

Catholic World News - November 21, 2011

In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Florentin Crihalmeanu of Cluj-Gherla--who was ordained a priest at 31 and a consecrated a bishop by Blessed John Paul II at 37--recalled Romanian Communists’ attempts to liquidate the Eastern-rite Romanian Catholic Church.

In 1946, “the Communists convoked what they called a ‘synod’ of the clergy stating that it was a meeting to re-evaluate the union with Rome … They said that all Greek Catholics would now be Orthodox and decreed, on the 1st of December, that all Greek Catholic institutions and properties be dissolved and expropriated.”

Today, the Romanian Catholic Church has approximately 700,000 members in Romania--less than one-half of its 1940 population of 1.5 million.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($32,859 to go):
$35,000.00 $2,141.25
94% 6%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Nov. 21, 2011 10:51 PM ET USA

    Pray for all of us. Too many things are massing against all faiths. Things have been bad for Jews for a long time. It looks like Catholics in particular and christians in general aere next. But, it will eventually go badlky for every one.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Nov. 21, 2011 5:34 PM ET USA

    We had best learn from Bishop Crihalmeanu and those like him: I fear we are about to enter an era every bit as bad as--and maybe worse than--what the Church in Romania experienced.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Two links - moral relativism in elementary schools and charges of "genocide" in the Old Testament 8 hours ago
Don’t touch that Smile! Helping CatholicCulture.org by shopping on Amazon. 16 hours ago
Church Fathers: Introduction to the Greek Apologists March 1
Ad Imaginem Dei: a gem of a blog on Christian art February 28
The Complexities of Persecution February 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5