Please do not take Augustin as the spokesman of Romanian pracitce. I know plenty of Romanians who would be horrified. Very few indeed look down at converts. Quite the contrary. If you have a chance, go to Dormition Monastery in MI to see a different face of Romania.
Again you speak as an outsider with some general bookish knowledge, but not much actual experience of a living tradition.
I do not claim to speak for all of my nation, but what I say is true for at least our region-but not only, if you have any knowledge of the matter besides the introduction of the "Bucharest Bible" (which is nowhere as important for us as KJ for the Anglophone world, for different reasons, but that's another discussion).
I was referring to a situation still present within the living memory of family members of mine. This would cover basically the whole of the last century.
You must be really naive if you think that the hierarchy distributed Orthodox Bibles among the peasantry. They didn't, because those were quite expensive, the clergy thought that reading/studying the Bible was reserved for them, and when done by the unlearned laity it became a ferment of sectarianism etc.
It was possible to own a Bible or a NT though, even then, but it wasn't encouraged.
All old people I knew that had one, had those made available by the "Britannic Society", because they were the only ones consistently interested in distributing them.
Some relatives and neighbors of ours had these British Bibles, usually the artificially sounding hyper-Latinized , etymologically written Nitulescu edition from 1874, a very massive and cumbersome book otherwise that my GM briefly owned but passed on since she couldn't understand anything.
Then, at church they were consistently warned by the parish priests-this conception is still alive with older people- that "The Gospel [Evanghelia, but often meaning the Bible] is for the priest alone to touch and handle; if you touch it your hands will start shaking (i.e. you'll get Parkinson).
Peasants had very great respect for the Gospel-in our churches a book of the Gospel is always on the analog, alongside the icon, to be kissed -but they did not quite read it.
Then I remember a grand-uncle of mine telling my mom and GM that they had a priest that knew the Bible and preached so well "as if he were a "predicator", i.e. a sectarian "preacher". Do you get the implications?