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Romanians of the Diaspora

Author: Gheorghe-Cristian Popa
November 23, 2011
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Fr. Ion Armasi obtained the title of Doctor in Theology:
The first doctoral thesis dedicated to Romanians of the Diaspora

A public defence of a doctoral thesis, “Romanian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora: A short history and actual organization” took place … at … Bucharest’s Faculty of Orthodox Theology.  It was presented by Fr. Ion Armasi Vartan, Patriarchal Counselor for foreign communities, in the Church interreligious relations sector of the Romanian Patriarchate…

Unofficial translation of  bold excerpts from a Romania article cited in its entirety on this site and found at :

Source: www.ziarullumina.ro 23 november 2011

…Fr. Ion Armaşi’s work is the first scientific study which details aspects of the mission and Romanian pastoral care given at the global level.  The work is based on … Romanian Patriarchal arhives and from data gathered by the author over a 10 year period in the field as part of the Church interreligious relations sector of the Romanian Patriarchate.

Fr. Ion Armaşi presented … the canonically accepted criteria for an Autocephalous Church to expand beyond its national jurisdictional borders and to organize its own Diaspora, the context in which the Romanian Orthodox Church Diaspora was organized and its evolution, and a presentation of Romanian Orthodox Diaspora eparchies, the Romanian communities from around the Romanian borders, as well as the Romanian monastic settlements in the Holy Lands.

Fr. Ion Armaşi showed that the Romanian Orthodox Diaspora is one of the largest and best organized of all Diaspora’s belonging to Orthodox Churches.  ” The Romanian Diaspora is served by approximately 600 clerics (of which 13 are Bishops and Metropolitans) organized in three Metropolitanates (with 6 ruling Bishops, an Archdiocese, 4 Episcopates, 500 parishes and 40 monasteries, jail and hospital chapels.”

As well, the candidate … emphasized that “it is important that each community receive religious assistance in its own language.  The Romanian Patriarchate has constantly been preoccupied with ensuring Romanians across all meridians a place for the soul, where they could participate in a service held in the Romanian language, officiated by a Romanian priest… [and this] for the over 4 million in the Diaspora”…

… The referees … recommended that this work become required reading, a necessary tool for theologians, professors, students and politicians in diplomatic missions outside the countries’ borders…

16 Comments to “Romanians of the Diaspora”


  1. Administrator Says:

    Este evident, dupa cele scrise de G.C. Popa, ca Pr. Ion Armasi face parte din nomenclatura BOR-ului, specializat in afaceri straine. Putem deci presupune ca teza sa reprezinta, pana la un punct, si politica actuala a BOR-lui in ceia ce priveste “Diaspora Romana ”.

    Pr. Ion Armasi ne vorbeste de ortodoxie romaneasca care este intai si intai – romaneasca si nu ortodoxa. Parca pentru migrantul, emigrantul sau imigrantul, copii lor, nascuti in afara Romaniei, nu devin cetateni acelor tari de adoptie ale parintilor lor. Parca ei trebue sa ramana etern romani pentru a pastra dreapta credinta chiar daca sunt ei Americani de multe generatii si care nu mai vorbesc romaneste. Viitorul lor ortodox exista numai daca raman romani. Ce politica rusinuosa pentru o institutie care sa vrea ortodoxa, intai si intai.


  2. Administrator Says:

    Based on what is written here by the author G.C. Popa, it is evident that Fr. Ion Armasi is part of the BOR (Romanian Orthodox Church) nomenclatura, a specialist in external affairs. We can thus presume that his thesis represents, up to a point, the current thinking of BOR in regards the “Romanian Diaspora”.

    Fr. Ion Armasi speaks to us of a Romanian Orthodoxy which is first and foremost Romanian and not Orthodox. It is as if migrants, emigrants and immigrants children, born outside Romania, don’t become citizens of the adopted countries chosen by their parents. It is as if they must remain eternally Romanian in order to maintain the true faith, even if they are Americans of many generations, who no longer speak Romanian. Their Orthodox future only exists if they remain Romanian. What a shameful policy for an institution which claims to be Orthodox, first and foremost.


  3. Tomas Says:

    Mr. Administrator… Vezi de treaba ta ca vorbesti tot aiurea xxxx!


  4. Administrator Says:

    Tomas, sunt plictisit de raspunsurile tale care nu raspund la problemele prezentate. Tu stii numai de vechi slogane repetate si insulte.


  5. Tomas Says:

    Mai prezinta si tu scandalurile din smecheriile din OCA. Toti stim de ele. Cum sa furat si se fura bani. Ca Jonah face ce vrea el “fara aprobarea sinodului.” Mai omule, tu crezi ca oamenii sunt prosti. Wake up. Prezinta adevarul. Sa vada oamenii ce face OCA. Iara daca nu le postezi tu aici…..sa nu crezi ca oamenii nu stiu.


  6. Administrator Says:

    Noutatiile (si nu zvonurile) de la OCA au fost prezentate pe acest website cand au aparut. Ce a fost, si ramane, de mirare este ca aceasta Biserica a putut inlocui 2 Mitropoliti corupti in ultimii ani, si asta fara nici o schizma! Crez ca s-ar fi putut inlocui un Patriarh BORoman corupt, sau un Patriarh BORusia corupt? Sigur ca nu… Avem mai multe dovezi… Deci, tot mai bine in OCA!


  7. Tomas Says:

    Bai, am o ideie. Fa-te tu patriarh … ca tare corect destept mai esti. Stii sa judeci vad (inca pe biserica). Dar nu uita ca vei fi judecat.


  8. Administrator Says:

    Tomas, cei care au tradat, cei care au furat, cei care si-au batut joc de neamul nostru de origina, astazi conduc toata structura din Romania. Lumea a inceput din nou sa protesteze pe strada in Romania, si noi aici vrem sa ne supunem unei biserici, condusa de guvern strain, unde un bun numar de ierarhi au participat la crimele sterse cu buretele de catre cei care au preluat puterea in tara dupa 1990? Fi serios.

    Noi aici suntem la adapost si din aceasta pozitie putem fi de un mult mai mare ajutor decat daca am fim supusi BORului care este numai o unealta a guvernului roman. Ca de obicei, si ca bun crestini nu vrem sa judecam pe nimeni. In schimb cerem ca acei vinovati sa se retraga dela putere si sa lasa loc celor nepatati sa conduca mai departe. Altfel, nimic nu se va schimba in Romania, si nici in BOR!


  9. Tomas Says:

    Guvernul si Biserica sunt doua lucruri separate. Numai tu si … xoxo … cred ca biserica Romana este condusa de guvern.

    Iara tu … ai grija cu judecatiile astea, si nu mai judeca ierahii, oricine ar fii. Vad ca continui sa judeci. Te asigur ca nu ajungi departe.


  10. Administrator Says:

    Tomas, decand e lumea si pamantul: cine plateste controleaza. Asa e si cu guvernul si Biserica.

    Te rog opreste-te Tomas, cu limbajul tau de strada… Nu uita ca CNSAS a fost oprit cand au descoperit prea multi securisti in sutana, si la nivel prea inalt. Acum acele dosarele sunt controlate de Biserica… Rau e cand vulpea pazeste gainele… In orice caz, repet, “nu vrem sa judecam pe nimeni. In schimb cerem ca acei vinovati sa se retraga dela putere si sa lasa loc celor nepatati sa conduca mai departe. Altfel, nimic nu se va schimba in Romania, si nici in BOR!”


  11. Tomas Says:

    Vulpea esti tu [Administratorule], si securistul esti tu, care acuzi pe unul si pe altul de tot felul de lucruri. Mai putina judecata si mai multa intelepciune. Dumnezeu vrea unire intre romani. Nu ne vrea dezbinare. Daca tu nu esti de acord cu asta, inseamna ca lucrii cu mamona.


  12. Administrator Says:

    “… dupa cele scrise de G.C. Popa, Pr. Ion Armasi, cel care a scris teza de doctorat despre “Diaspora Romana ”, face parte din nomenclatura BOR-ului, specializat in afaceri straine… El ne vorbeste de ortodoxie romaneasca care este intai si intai – romaneasca si nu ortodoxa.” Adica, el ne spune clar ca BOR promoveaza filetismul, ce este ne-canonic in Biserica ortodoxa.

    Tomas, cand nu ai nici un argument – atunci tu dai cu insulta! A propos, sub cine vrea Dumnezeu unirea - sub BOR de acolo sau OCA de aici? Oare Dumnezeu vrea pentru America o Biserica organizata pe baza etnica (filetism ne-canonic) ce ar insemna intrarea noastra sub BOR, sau Dumnezeu vrea pentru America o Biserica organizata local pe baza geografica – teritorial?


  13. Tomas Says:

    … Administratorule, nu mai sterge adevarul. Stiam ca esti …XOXO… dar acuma chiar m-ai convins.


  14. Administrator Says:

    Tomas, inca o data, cand nu ai nici un argument – atunci tu dai cu insulta! DESTUL. Daca vrei o dezbatere civilizata atunci, te rog, vino cu argumente valabile, dar lasa insultele acasa.


  15. Tomas Says:

    Adevarul doare tare asai?


  16. Administrator Says:

    Tomas, ai ceva serios sa spui, sau numai insulte si cuvinte inutile?


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