Dinescu added that the council would check the Securitate files of leading clerics to ensure the church does not pick "a Securitate general" as new patriarch in upcoming elections.
On August 10, the church's spokesman, Costel Stoica, said Dinescu broke the council's rules about publishing information from the Securitate archives. The church filed a complaint with the council, saying Dinescu should be held responsible for his statements.
"Dinescu's statements are not proven ... Plamadeala was imprisoned" during communism, said Stoica. He said the church acknowledges that some of its clerics "did not resist pressures" and collaborated, but the problem should not be generalized.
Dinescu said the complaint was "ridiculous" and the church should be the first to ask for its clerics' files to be published.
In 1985 he invited the Rev. Billy Graham to preach in Romania on behalf of a group of 14 religious denominations. Graham accepted and went on an 11-day preaching tour in Communist Romania.
In recent years, several high church officials have acknowledged collaborating with the Securitate.
So, if I understood this article correctly, we have a person (Dinescu) who's on some state council that is going thru the Securitate files. Said council has found that "several high church officials have acknowledged collaborating with the Securitate." The Church officials counter with a complaint because he (Dinescu) was...right? The Romanians have a right to know which clerics collaborated with the Securitate and to what extent they collaborated. IMHO, the Romanian Church would do well to publicly admit said collaborations, *possibly* repremand the guilty clerics, and most certainly repent and apoligize to all Romanians. IMHO, that would go miles and miles in regaining trust with the laity (many of whom have given up on Orthodoxy and either left Christianity or joined up with the Pentecostals. And BTW, why was this Plamadeala person inviting non-Orthodox to preach to Orthodox?). Now before you start typing out your rebuttals, ask yourself this question: are you bothered by the cover-ups of Metropolitan Herman? All he did was allegedly steal money and we all cry 'foul'. Imagine if he had collaborated with a brutal dictator? What would you all say then? Just curious. This is one of the reasons I say the Romanian Church has failed, thus far, after the fall of Communism.