Dan Ciachir

Author: Staff
Date Published: 06/20/2005

Dan Ciachir is a well-known writer, as well as an analysts and expert in theology. He claims that it is the very Episcope of Husi who is greatly responsible for the nun killed in “The Holy Trinity”. In his interview to ZIUA Dan Ciachir explains that the tragedy that took place in the Tanacu monastery is consequence of no criteria to select monks and even priests.

Rep.: Do you think the Episcope of Husi is in any way responsible for what happened in “The Holy Trinity”?

D.C.: An episcope is responsible for what goes on the territory of his eparchy. In this case it is about His Holiness Maris. The Tanacu case means spiritual harm first of all, for it gives you the impression that church going is a sort of fakirism involving killing fasts. The Church doesn’t starve people to death, it is no prison. But in this case it is about pseudo ascetic barbarism. It is only God that heals, relieves and gives joy. A human being, a monastic figure is not allowed to pretend to have such power.

Rep.: But how come this happened?

D.C.: It was because the Episcope and the Church had no control. We must meditate on this dreadful case, as God shows us signs as well. The problem is that people with no call become monks and nuns just because there are no others to do it, just because a void must be filled. And we have seen what it can lead to. (…) But there is one more structure, the exarch, the man in charge of monasteries from that respective eparchy, who has got his filters. But the latter have become more flexible and here is the unprecedented tragedy. This is a worrying sign.

Rep.: Do you know any other case of the kind?

D.C.: There has never been such a case before and this is why the episcope is responsible for it. (…)

Rep.: After 1990, the Church sought to recuperate, rebuild and recreate some monasteries, as well as it wanted to build new churches. It is indeed a positive fact that today there are four times more monasteries than in 1989. But there is no longer any selection, it is always haste, even as far as the material side is concerned: there poorly built monasteries, kitsch buildings projected by people lacking the necessary education. There is also lack of taste and in such case they improvise a lot. They improvise monks and even priests. There is no selection any more and the episcope does without the essential core of priesthood: the call. This is way one monk waits for some 6 months-3 years and the other can even wait up to 15 years so that they themselves and the others would be fully convinced that this doesn’t come from outer reasons. (…)

Here we have a 29-year-old man who graduated two years of theology school, who has been a monk for some 5-6 years and now he becomes a confessor. But this is not to be achieved once one becomes a priest. Asceticism can be a tendency, an uncontrolled tendency. There are two types of fall. The left fall, that is tendency to material pleasures which is easy to detect and which can be annihilated with God’s help. But there is also the ascetic temptation. If you take a look at this man, you see a man having the beard of an archimandrite, a thin, harsh man, with the expressing of a blind fanatic, like Rasputin. He breaks all canons. We can nowhere find torture, crucification, heathen, non-Christian elements or even anti-Christian elements and then something gets to be against the Church, some undermining for the inner world, which is far worse than sect propaganda. This is the responsibility taken by the local episcope, who believed this boy would be a confessor there and who hasn’t watched things. (…)

Rep.: Do you think people’s education is related to what happened?

D.C.: This would have never happened in Transylvania, where people discourage such things. They are Orthodox people who crowd to Church sermons. But unlike in Moldavia, they are not interesting in tough humbleness, but in the priest’s words. A human being who carefully listens to the priest’s words actually listens to the Church’s words and then he/she is very careful at elements from outside Church lessons, even if it is some ascetic show. Faith goes hand in hand with the mind. When people are keen on learning, when they are educated and where civilization prevails there can happen no such thing. And the word itself is this place. In the Archbishopric of Cluj, for instance, His Holiness Archbishop Bartolomeu could see there was need of classes for confessors, since what they were taught in school was not enough. It is dreadful that monasteries should lack it.

But in Moldavia the land of monasteries, here we can see true confessors reaching such excess. I would also say this would never happen in the Archbishopric of Iasi, due to His Holiness Mitropolite Daniel, who knows how to watch things.