ABSTRACT. As one knows, and it is good for us to reiterate, the Church in Romania is the institution that, before any other, enjoys the largest confidence and trust on the part of the population. This trust is based on the Spirit of Truth on whose foundation rests the spiritual and filial relation between Church and faithful, be it in time of peace or oppression. This is good news, yet no novelty. That is the way things were forever probably, even though hundreds of years ago there were no statisticians to do special research on this topic. In the presentation that follows I do not intend to treat exhaustively any of the aspects of the Church’s life or of its implication in the life and history of Romanians; I will approach these aspects here only partially. I considered the aspects here mentioned, some dealt with more in detail, some more generally, sufficient for the purpose of the present paper. The paper can be taken as a starting point for a treatment of the topic at a different length. The references I will make here will regard only the situation of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and not that of the Greek-Catholic or Roman Catholic Churches, of the protestant or neo-protestant denominations or of the Islamic or Mosaic religions.

Keywords: Romanian Orthodox Church; social activities; theological education; parish life; post-communist transformation

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