The Perspectives of the Romanian Secret Police (Securitate) or Man Proposes God Disposes Cover Image

A Román Állambiztonsági Szolgálat jövőképe, avagy ember tervez, Isten végez
The Perspectives of the Romanian Secret Police (Securitate) or Man Proposes God Disposes

Author(s): Dezső Buzogány
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History of Church(es), Theology and Religion
Published by: Erdélyi Református Egyházkerület
Keywords: Securitate (political police);secret service;communism and church;Protestant Theological Institute of Cluj-Napoca;

Summary/Abstract: It is a well known fact that the Communist government has always wanted to gain control over the churches in Romania after the State Department for Cults was established in 1949.The Department suffered several changes during the first two decades of its existence, but its purpose remained the same, i.e. that in close collaboration with the secret police to keep the Churches of the whole country under severe control. In one of the documents issued by the Securitate (the Secret Police) in January 1966 the Secret Police declares that the Department is like a trusteeship to all the churches in Romania, through which the government establishes the contact with the churches and exercises its church policy. The document that follows presents the intention of the Securitate to attain more power within the Cluj-Kolozsvár Theological Seminary and to unite the two Hungarian Reformed Church Districts in Transylvania.

  • Issue Year: 105/2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 433-439
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Hungarian