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December 14, 2010
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THE CANADIAN AMBASSADOR AT BOR

The Department for Church and Inter-religious Relations and the Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate inform us:

Source: basilica.org

On 14 December 2010, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church received the introduction visit of His Excellency Mr. Philippe Beaulne, Ambassador of Canada in Bucharest.

The Ambassador thanked for reception and underlined the contribution of the Romanian community to the development of the Canadian society for over a century of permanent presence in this country in the North American continent. In this sense, the Ambassador of Canada emphasised the role of the Romanian Orthodox priests in keeping and promoting the identity of faith and nation and in the integration of the Romanians in the Canadian society.

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel appreciated the support that the Canadian authorities give to the Romanian community and pointed out the Canadian multi-cultural example of respect and encouragement of the ethnic, linguistic, cultural and spiritual aspects of those settled in the Canadian territory.

The Canadian Ambassador was very interested in the situation of the Romanian Orthodox Church during the communist regime and in her activity after 1990.

The Patriarch of Romania presented the difficult context in which the Romanian Orthodox Church had to unfold her mission for almost 50 years of communism in Romania and emphasised various aspects of the pastoral-missionary, social-charitable and cultural-educational activity of the Romanian Patriarchate during the last twenty years. His Beatitude mentioned among the priorities of the Romanian Patriarchate the intensification of the social work and of the religious service for the Romanian Orthodox communities abroad.  In this context, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel underlined the need to set up an eparchy for the large Romanian Orthodox community in Canada.

5 Comments to “Canada’s Amb. at BOR”


  1. Mark Stokoe Says:

    As posted on ocanews.org ‘Comments’ regarding “Canada’s Amb. to BOR”

    The “large Romanian Orthodox community in Canada” is presently serviced by 32 ROEA (OCA) parishes in Canada, as well as some 25 ROAA (Patriarchal) parishes scattered throughout the country, with the exception of the Maritime Provinces. The ROEA and ROAA are currently in discussions concerning unity - which apparently may not include parishes in Canada in a future, united Metropolitanate.


  2. Administrator Says:

    Here we have a Canadian Ambassador to Romania who “emphasized the role of the Romanian Orthodox priests in keeping and promoting the identity of faith and nation and in the integration of the Romanians in the Canadian society”. Please! The Ambassador should talk to Canada’s secret police CSIS and find out how many of these foreign “priests” were/are Agents of the Romanian government and it’s secret police as they promote “the identity of faith and [the Romanian] nation”. What many of them did was to take over several Canadian-Romanian communities in order to promote the policies of the Romanian government here, and to control the “integration” into Canadian society. They wanted and still want Canadian-Romanians to be their political tools and these religious communities to be platforms for Romania’s political ends. How does this help integrating into Canadian society? Contrast this position of Canadian-Romanian religious communities under Bucharest rule with those that refused to be under a foreign government run church and instead have an independent position here by being part of the free Orthodox Churches in North America, thus allowing these people to become and be Canadians while still retaining their religion and ethnic traditions. There are no spies here! In this context, Canadian ambassadors should be more careful with whom they speak! After all, they also represent these Canadians, who have been here over 100 years. These Canadians don’t like them consorting with those who continue to attempt to control their religious communities and make them tools of a foreign government’s political platform! Remember, the majority of Canadian-Romanians belong to these independent church structures, refusing to this day to be under Bucharest control.

    All should realize that independent structures exist here and Canadian-Romanians are fed up of having foreign governments trying to take them over. Listen to the Romanian Patriarch’s words. “His Beatitude mentioned, among the priorities of the Romanian Patriarchate, the intensification of the social work and of the religious service for the Romanian Orthodox communities abroad. In this context … Patriarch Daniel underlined the need to set up an eparchy for the large Romanian Orthodox community in Canada.” This translates into meaning the annihilation of any independent Canadian-Romanian church structure here since Bucharest wants to ensure that they control all Canadian-Romanian religious communities as a means of controlling the political platform they represent. A Canadian Ambassador to Romania should warn these people that this type of action is not welcome in a fully democratic country like Canada.


  3. Walter Says:

    Reading all of this stuff on this website and other Orthodox sites, is like waking up to find myself back in the 1970’s and 80’s!


  4. Jon Marc Says:

    Establishing a Romanian Orthodox eparchy for Canada were a united metropolitanate to be created out of the ROEA and the ROAA would not necessarily mean separation from the North American metropolitanate, would it? One thing I do appreciate about the present structure of the BOR is its organization of regional metropolitanates divided into archdioceses and eparchies. They may not function in a self-governing way as such structures did in ancient times (I don’t say that as fact - I simply don’t know), but at least the framework is there!


  5. Administrator Says:

    In answer to your question: “Establishing a Romanian Orthodox eparchy for Canada were a united metropolitanate to be created out of the ROEA and the ROAA would not necessarily mean separation from the North American metropolitanate, would it?” The short answer is YES since that is how it works elsewhere in BOR even outside Romania. The best example is the separate Metropolitanates in Western Europe, each with its own eparchies under each individually. However, they all report to Bucharest, i.e. Mother BOR and the Romanian Government.


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