Monday, July 6, 2009

Romanian Bishop calls office building ‘hideous’ and ‘illegal’

BUCHAREST, Romania


The head of Romania’s Catholic Church has called on the president to stop the construction of a high-rise office building next to the Catholic cathedral.

Bishop Ioan Robu says the 19-storied building is “hideous” and “illegal” because it has been built higher than its original plans. He said it is a risk for the foundations of the 19th century St. Joseph Cathedral.

A court ruled June 25 that work on the building could resume. Construction was halted in 2006 after authorities said the Millennium owners did not have all the building permits.

The bishop called the court ruling a blow to Romanian Catholics and the Romanian justice system.

Associated Press

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