The head of state, Maia Sandu, offered a comment following accusations made by the Metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova against Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, which included harsh allegations against Russia. “The state shouldn’t interfere in church matters. The only thing I can say is that I believe everyone should contribute to the country’s objectives,” stated the President during the “Voice of Bessarabia” show.
“Our interest is for society not to be divided, for there to be social cohesion, and for all, including the church, to contribute to maintaining peace and building a free country in which the citizen feels protected and respected,” concluded Maia Sandu.
The Metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova sent a letter to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, emphasizing that “both secular and religious authorities in Russia have treated us as a peripheral people without a backbone, deprived of the right to make decisions necessary for its well-being and prosperity.” Metropolitan Vladimir emphasized in his message that his address “is the result of increasingly pressing circumstances pushing the Orthodox Church in Moldova rapidly to the periphery of Moldovan society.” The letter, sent at the beginning of September and translated into Romanian, was made public by former deputy Vlad Cubreacov.