Thursday, May 14, 2009

AP: Romanian Orthodox archbishop accused of bribery

Prosecutors say dozens of Romanian Orthodox priests have made statements accusing the archbishop of Tomis of taking bribes.

Archbishop Teodosie is being investigated by anti-corruption authorities for allegedly taking bribes to allow a theology student to become an Orthodox priest more easily. 

The investigation began a week ago.Prosecutors said Tuesday that 26 priests from Constanta and Bucharest have spoken of alleged bribes paid to Teodosie. Some of the allegations are years old, so they may have involved other students.Teodosie is the first senior Orthodox cleric to be investigated after communism ended in 1989. More than 85 percent of Romanians are Orthodox believers.Teodosie spokesman Eugen Tanasescu has said donations to the church should not be considered bribes.

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