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Thursday, 8 July 2010

Catholics & Orthodox Share Church again in Romania

ZALAU, Romania, JULY 7, 2010, with thanks to Zenit.org

Byzantine Romanian Catholics celebrated on July 4 their first Mass in 62 years in the parish church of Bocsa, with what was described as a "festive and moving" atmosphere.

The Bosca parish is unique because, thanks to an agreement between Orthodox and Byzantine Catholics, it will be shared between the two Churches.

The parish has been hailed as an example of conflict resolution between the two Churches, often at odds over patrimonial issues in former Soviet countries.

The Bocsa parish was confiscated by the Communist authorities in 1948 and given to the Orthodox Church, after the forced abolition of the Romanian Catholic Church. Catholics went underground until legalization was regained. Pope John Paul II re-established their hierarch y in 1990.

Since then, the Romanian Byzantine Catholic community has worked legally for the devolution of confiscated churches (some 2,600 properties), whereas the Orthodox requested that the new balance of faithful be kept in mind, given that the Byzantine Catholics have decreased significantly in numbers over the last decades.

In the specific case of Bocsa, the Romanian Catholic community asked the Orthodox to return the parish, or to seek an alternative over the use of the church.

The case was taken to court, while the Romanian Catholics continued to propose an agreement. At the beginning of 2010 the court decided in favor of the Romanian Catholics, though they continued to offer an agreement to the Orthodox.

The court proceeded last July 1 with the execution of the sentence, returning the church to the Catholics. A few hours later, the Orthodox accepted the proposal of an agreement, which was subsequently signed before the judicial authorities of Salaj.

Now both communities have committed themselves to share the use of the church with different timetables.

The first Romanian Catholic Divine Liturgy was celebrated at 9 a.m. last Sunday. It was presided over by Father Valer Parau, dean of the Romanian Catholic Church of Zalau.

Father Valer insisted on forgiveness "to be able to heal wounds," the Romanian Catholic agency Catholica.ro reported.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God," he recalled. "We believe that with this realistic, pragmatic relationship in accord with the spirit of the Lord's Gospel, other cases can be resolved in which Greek Catholics are obliged by the circumstances to pray in inadequate places. There is space for one another in the same church."
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