In Romania, efforts are underway to find suitable candidates for Ptriarch. One of the troubles in searching for candidates is any possible past affiliation in the Securitate, Romania's secret police.
Here's a little article on this subject:
A Securitate check for Patriarch candidates
The National Council for Research on the Archives of the Securitate (CNSAS) has been entrusted with the task of examining the past of the 25 candidates who hope to succeed the recently deceased Teoctist as patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. According to the CNSAS, in some cases there is strong evidence of collaboration with the Securitate. Corina Dragotescu comments: "The discussions about the collaboration of clerics with the Securitate are not new. There have been several attempts to throw more light on the problem but there were always setbacks, whether owing to the investigating commission or postponement of the issue. This time there must be clarity, not least because it's important to underscore the Christian dictum of an 'unsullied life'. No doubt other discussions will arise. Can regret about having collaborated with the Securitate mitigate the condemnation which former involvement entails? How can one measure good and evil? These are questions that will have to be answered if it turns out that one of the candidates was indeed a former Securitate agent."
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