“I did not waste anything, I did my duty as a pastor. I did the services, I encouraged the believers and they all gained an optimism, a trust in God in this period when there was too much panic and too much fear. “The virus is more serious than the disease. The scared man is a sick man,” Theodosius told Antena 3.
“The Holy Altar is devoid of any virus”
Asked if the state caused panic in the population, His Eminence Theodosius answered yes, that’s how the believers complained. “They suffered a lot because they didn’t have Easter, they didn’t have Passion Week, the faithful suffered a lot. I know from them. I’m in dialogue with tens of thousands of believers. The church should not be closed, especially because there is no such great spread of the disease, “said the Archbishop of Tomis.
He stressed that the authorities did not consult the church when it was decided to ban the officers from the services and that they acted authoritatively. “I did not understand the logic of closing the church. The church has its autonomy. It is the most favorable place where, in the Holy Altar, it is devoid of any virus. That is where we must concentrate and defeat the virus. Holy communion is stronger than any vaccine.
Trusting people in the fight for health through faith, know that it does a lot. Many fell into pessimism, there were suicides among people, but they did not become popular. From the diaspora, many people encouraged me to do their jobs and I did them and I am in dialogue with the dancers “, IPS Teodosie also said.
The high hierarch also spoke about the criminal complaint filed in his name after the Epiphany service, when thousands of people participated in the sanctification of the waters. “I don’t know who filed this complaint. The Epiphany service went very well. Someone was found, I don’t know. I have no emotions, because I did what the church has to do in its worship, I brought the people there, who were “I am so happy and send me messages of thanks even now. And those who have watched from afar. They have enjoyed a real celebration of the Baptism, a celebration of gifts and holiness that overcomes diseases,” said His Eminence Theodosius.
“I will not allow any church to close.”
His Eminence Theodosius also spoke about what he will do if the authorities decide to close the churches again: “We were taken by surprise then. I will not allow any church to be closed in my diocese.
We also have autonomy, that’s why we did more public services, at the request of the faithful, and I believe that the church will not close because it is not appropriate.
Human rights say that the Church rules by its rules and its state as an autonomous Church is also recognized by the Constitution. “
“Vaccination campaign is an experiment”
“There are many fears of the vaccine, because in all countries there have been serious effects on some people. There is a restraint and we cannot force anyone. Until the autumn, things will be clarified through this experiment that is done with those who they are being vaccinated now and the effects of the vaccine will be clearer, and doctors need to mobilize, because not everyone agrees.
If doctors do not unanimously agree, what should I understand? The vaccination campaign is an experiment. It could not be followed, the specialists say that any vaccine must have a margin of experimentation of up to one year. And then should we deny this, pretend we don’t understand? “, Said IPS Teodosie.
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