EXCELLENT news this morning on the corruption scam I wrote about yesterday following a visit to Snagov Monastery with Roxana Dascalu and Emil Berdeli (both Romanian journalists).
Roxana has refused point blank to rest on her laurels and called the spokesman of the BOR, Parintele Stoica, earlier today. She explained what had happened and spared him no details as to the whole sorry turn of events along with her humiliation a) for having to pay to enter her OWN church and b) for having her English friend who loves Romania so much witness this outrage.
Parintele Stoica was appalled and demanded more info which Roxana happily gave him on the telephone. He was, she says, staggered. There is NO charge to enter an orthodox church EVER, he said. For ANYONE. Of the faith or not. And there is DEFINITELY no photo tax. He agreed that there was, without a doubt, something very dodgy going down at Snagov Monastery, and has promised to send an investigative team over there PDQ.
Roxana has since put the whole shameful account in writing and sent it to Parintele Stoica as requested.
If you are on holiday in Romania, PLEASE remember: There is NO entrance fee to visit an Orthodox church. You can give a donation as you enter or leave but that is ALL. And there is NO such thing as a photo tax in a church either. Do NOT pay it, for you will be filling the pockets of crooked monks, gypsies, mafia or whoever else is benefiting from ripping off unsuspecting tourists erroneously believing they are contributing to upkeep and maintenance. Baloney.
The demand for cash to enter a church here in Romania has been going on for years in several places I could mention. Surely the BOR cannot be unaware of such shenanigans. Perhaps this is the first time anyone has felt livid enough to make a stand and report it? For the moment though, let's give the BOR the benefit of the doubt.
Parintele Stoica now knows that a couple of very active journalists are revolted and don't intend to stay quiet, so let's wait and see what happens. For those of you thinking that we'll have to wait until Paştele cailor for anything to be done, all I can say is you obviously don't know Roxana.
Watch this space for more news....
Bravo Rox! Jos palaria!