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Romanian Catholics oppose Orthodox bid to retain seized church properties

October 09, 2009

Romanian Catholics are organizing opposition to a move by the Romanian Orthodox Church to secure legislation that would prevent the return of church properties that were confiscated from Eastern-rite Catholics during the Communist era and handed over to Orthodox parishes. Orthodox leaders have proposed that the properties should be divided according to the number of registered Catholic and Orthodox believers. Catholics respond that the lower population of Byzantine Catholics is the result of decades of brutal Communist repression, and should not affect the legal ownership of property.


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