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Religion and Politics in Post-Communist Romania$
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Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195308532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308532.001.0001

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 The Politics of Orthodox‐Greek Catholic Relations

 The Politics of Orthodox‐Greek Catholic Relations

(p.91) 5 The Politics of Orthodox‐Greek Catholic Relations
Religion and Politics in Post-Communist Romania

Lavinia Stan (Contributor Webpage)

Lucian Turcescu (Contributor Webpage)

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In 1989 the Romanian state was called to return Roman and Greek Catholic property confiscated by communist authorities and transferred to the Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church's refusal to return disputed churches hampered the Orthodox‐Catholic dialogue, both locally and internationally. The property restitution case study illustrates the dilemma of a state torn between its need to maintain popularity with the Orthodox electorate and its desire to meet standards of religious freedom required for accession to the European Union. We analyze the different arguments proposed by the Orthodox, the Greek Catholics, and the Romanian state for and against restitution.

Keywords:   religion and politics, Orthodoxy, Greek Catholicism, property restitution, confiscation

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