TABOR - Tradition and Contemporaneity in the Romanian Orthodox Church
< Back Links

A Troubled Man

This text describes, using a few memories, the personality of the former patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Iustin Moisescu, a subtle intellectual with a strong personality. However, he lived during hard times, difficult for the Orthodox Church, when he had to deal with difficult problems that gave him a lot of trouble. Although he wasn`t inclined to monasticism and although he had to apply the 410/1959 Edict, which strongly affected monasticism, the abbots loved him. Even after he left Iași, they affectionately referred to him as "Iustin". He was dignified and had a firm position towards the officials. He was impeccably honest. A rather reserved person, without enthusiasms and effusions, he was still extremely sensitive to others` needs and hardships.


Keywords: Patriarch Iustin, communism, memories, honesty