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HG Policarp’s Suffering

Author: Adrian N. Petcu
August 12, 2010
Behold what the Romanian Patriarchate says about Bishop Policarp, in a recent edition of its own newspaper.

This article is found at:;1342
(an unofficial translation into English)

He was the first Bishop of the Romanian emigrants from across the ocean, on the new continent. In 1935, after much delay caused both by the Romanian Government and misunderstandings among priests serving in America, the Romanian emigrantshad an Episcopate and a Bishop to lead them spiritually and to help them not lose their maternal language.But the pride of some priests who led the Episcopate, had them encourage a denigration campaign, emanating from the old country, against their Bishop. More than that, they wanted some sort of independence, so that they may alone conduct themselves, without the approval of the Holy Synod from the old country.

Bishop Policarp was obliged to return to the old country, and then was caught up in the war and was never able to return to his Episcopate. During this time, those priests succeeded in declaring an “autonomy” and the breaking away from the Synod of the Mother Church. In this way the schism began, that was the cause of Bishop Polycarp’s great suffering.

4 Comments to “HG Policarp’s Suffering”

  1. Administrator Says:

    Daca pana-n ziua de astazi, 20 de ani dupa 1990, Patriarhia Romana inca nu vrea sa spuna adevarul despre cum guvernul roman communist (din 1948 si pana cel putin 1990) a condus Biserica ca o unealta a politicii sale, atunci chiar ca nu avem cu cine discuta! Acest articol manipuleaza istoria incercand sa blameze preotii din America pentru trista poveste despre PS Policarp. Ridicol!

    Scopul unui ierarh orthodox este sa pastreze credinta ortodoxa si sa o intinga peste tot unde sa gaseste. Nu este vorba aici de limba materna, ci de invatatura si trairea Domnului. Astazi suntem pe pamant Nord American de aproape 120 de ani, 6 generatii, si limba materna a copiilor nostri care sunt nascuti aici devine, vrand nevrand, limba locului, adica engleza si franceza.

    O independenţă dupa 1948 pentru crestinii de origina romana de aici era absolut necesara. Atunci s-a pus problema in contextual unde Romania cazuse in blocul controlat de Sovietici, si aici eram in America de Nord unde nu era acceptabil sa fim supus Bucurestiului in nici un fel. Deci, era firesc si normal sa nu fim supusi unei ierarhii care era sub degetul inamicului nostru communist. Si asa am evoluat diferit din 1950, cand BOR, pentru motive strict politice, a creiat ROAA sa de astazi, care inca nu spune adevarul despre trecutul sau ca o unelta a guvernului communist roman. Astazi Episcopia noastra face parte din Biserica Ortodoxa din America, de la inceputului sau in 1970, si incearca sa devina Biserica locala aici, asa cum spun sfintele noastre canoane ortodoxe.

    PS Policarp nu a mai putut reveni in America. A suferit probabil pentruca ca comunistii ateii erau la putere in Romania si voiau sa controleze nu numai Biserica in Romania, dar si sa manipuleze Episcopia Sa in America. De unde schism? In timp ce preotii si ierarhii din ROEA-OCA sa impartasesc cu cei din ROAA-BOR din acelas potir, nu se poate folosi cuvantul schisma! Minciuna e si mai grava intrucat apare in organul official al Patriarhiei Romane. Toate acestea trebuie sa se opreasca!

  2. Administrator Says:

    If up to this day, 20 years after 1990, the Romanian Patriarchate still doesn’t want to tell the truth about how the communist government of Romania (from 1948 until at least 1990) controlled the Church as a tool of implementation of its policies, then we really have nothing further to discuss! This article manipulates history in an attempt to lay the blame for the Bishop Polycarp saga at the feet of the priests in America. Ridiculous!

    The goal of an Orthodox Bishop is to preserve the faith and then spread it wherever he finds himself. Nowhere is there mention of the mother tongue, but only of the Lord’s life and teachings. Language is used as a communication device to better spread the word. Today we are on North American soil for almost 120 years, 6 generations, and our children’s mother tongue becomes, whether we like it or not, the language of the place, the local language, which is English and French here.

    Having an independence after 1948 for Christians of Romanian descent here was absolutely necessary. At that time the problem was presented in the context where Romania had fallen in the block controlled by the Soviets, and here we were in North America where it was not at all acceptable to be subservient to Bucharest in any way. Thus, it was natural and normal that we do not be under a Bishop who was controlled by our communist enemy. This is how we have evolved differently since 1950 when BOR, for strictly political reasons, created their present day ROAA, that still does not speak the truth about its past as a tool of the Romanian communist government. Today, our Episcopate is a part of the Orthodox Church in America, and this since its inception in 1970, and it attempts to become a local Church here, as is taught in our Holy Orthodox canons.

    Bishop Polycarp could not return to America. He suffered probably because the atheist communists took power in Romania and they wanted to control not only the Church in Romania, but also to manipulate his Episcopate in America. Where is there schism? While priests and Hierarchs from the ROEA-OCA have communion with those in the ROAA-BOR from the same cup, the word schism cannot be used! The lie is even greater in that it appears in the official organ of the Romanian Patriarchate. All this must stop!

  3. Toma Says:

    Da domnul super destept, dece nu pui articolul original, ca sa vada lumea exact ce scrie. your “unofficial translation” does not mean anything!

  4. Administrator Says:

    Ma Toma, chiar ma intreb daca ai diploma din Constanta. Chiar asa ne acuzi? Adica, fara sa verifici nimic?


    Daca crez ca nu s-a tradus ceva cum trebuie te rog arata-ne! In viitor fi mai rezervat cu acuzarile tale gratuite! DESTUL CU PROSTIILE! AI INTELES!

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