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US Congressmen Demand Romania Returns Church Properties and Ends “Persecution”

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Twenty Congressmen have urged Secretary of State John Kerry to put pressure on the Romanian government to return church property and end “persecution”. When Romania was under communist rule, the government “confiscated 2,140 schools, hospitals, orphanages and other charitable and civic institutions from the Roman Catholic, Hungarian Reformed, Evangelical Lutheran, and Unitarian churches, as well as 1,980 Jewish communal properties, as well as all properties, including church buildings themselves, from the Greek Catholic Church that it summarily banned.” The letter demands that “illegally confiscated religious institutions be immediately returned in a fair and equitable manner.”

Romania Threatens To Take Church Property

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Romania is considering a bill which would expropriate the property of minority religious communities in favor of the majority religion.

Controversial Law promulgated; legal challenges planned

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

New law contains concerning provisions such as granting different levels of legal recognition for religious communities and a new ban on "religious defamation," which could be used to silence free religious discussion.

Passing Of An Underground Church Hero

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

After Justinian’s passing in 1977, Father Calciu again became a target of the communist regime. In 1978 after initiating a series of sermons addressing religious persecution under Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu

Controversial Religion Law’s passing violated parliamentary processes

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Religion Law, shrouded in suspicion, was rushed through the Member of the Chamber of Deputies faster than permitted under governmental procedures.

Sudden secretive rush to adopt controversial Religion Law

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

"Somehow, religious freedom has ended up being the tombstone of the nascent Romanian democracy."

Religious Freedom Gains in Romania Threatened By Regressive Draft Law

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

New law on religious freedom in Romania may restrict religious-based speech of Christians and vaguely defined "aggressive proselytizing."

Fresh Calls for Guarantees on Religious Freedom in Romania and Bulgaria

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Government involvement in church affairs causes concern that Romania and Bulgaria do not respect religious freedom.

Controversial Religion Bill Up for Approval in Romania

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

There is concern about a draft law's three-tier system of state recognition and the privileges it gives the highest status religious communities, the difficulty for religious communities with the lesser status of "religious association" from being recognised as a denomination (they need to show continuous existence of 12 years and have 22,000 adult citizen members), as well as the undefined powers which the draft law gives the state over religious communities.

Romanian Catholic Faith Survived Persecution

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

People's hunger for the bread of God could not be quashed, not even when the church was brutally repressed from 1948 to 1990 by the communists, Archbishop Muresan said.

Too Much Power for the State and Recognized Communities?

Friday, October 7th, 2005

State power and granting of status to religious communities concerns minority Christian and other religious groups.

Concerns in Romania About Draft of Religion Law

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Romanian religious minorities and human rights groups have told Forum 18 News Service of their alarm about both the current draft of a new religion law and it being sent to parliament under "emergency procedures."

Romania’s Christian Minorities Protest Proposed New Legislation

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Proposed law prevents religious associations of 300 people or less from gaining legal status to purchase property, build churches or pay pastors.

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