Chișinău, November 15, 2021
Last week, the Civil College of the Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice ordered the removal of a crucifix that was hung in the Ministry of Internal Affairs building in 2019.
The Council for the Prevention and Elimination of Discrimination and Equality in Moldova has been fighting for the removal of the Cross for nearly two years now, having branded the installation of the crucifix as discriminatory.
More than 95% of Moldovans identify as Orthodox Christians. The heads of Moldovan Churches of both the Russian and Romanian Churches were present at the installation of the crucifix, and both are speaking out against its removal.
As His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir writes, the Metropolis of Chișinău and All Moldova of the Russian Church is deeply concerned about the Civil College’s decision, describing it as a “fundamental injustice.”
As Met. Vladimir notes, the Cross is depicted on the Moldovan coat of arms.
“The cross and icons are sacred symbols of the Church and our nation, and acquaintance with these symbols and the knowledge of their meaning by our citizens are part of the basic level of education, without which the learning of basic civic values wouldn’t be possible,” the Metropolitan writes.
“This decision is an attack on our identity of faith and nation,” His Eminence concludes.
His Eminence Metropolitan Petru of Chișinău and Bessarabia of the Romanian Church in Moldova also expresses his Church’s deep disappointment, sadness, and concern.
The holy Cross “must be known and honored as the major component of the identity and dignity, of the perpetuation and spiritual development of our people,” the Metropolitan writes.
“As a majority Christian people since our formation in history, we carry in our souls the seal of the Cross, living rhythmically with it in suffering and hope, sorrow and joy.” And as did Met. Vladimir, Met. Petru notes that the Cross is part of the Moldovan coat of arms.
Conversely, “the removal of the holy Cross from the MIA headquarters represents the degradation of our national identity, which must be stopped.”
It is “faith in the love and eternal power of Christ” that has shaped the Moldovan people, Met. Petru writes, and thus, as did Met. Vladimir, he calls upon the Civil College to reconsider its decision.