"Dumitru Mărtinaş" Roman-Catholic Association representing Roman-Catholics of Moldavia (so called "Changos", French - Tchangos, Hungarian - Csangok, German - Tschangos)
Romano-catolicii din Moldova (Romania) - Roman Catholics from Moldavia - Romania - people so called csangos - românii denumiți ceangăi, Tchangos

The need for the arrival of the Roman Catholic Association "Dumitru Mărtinaş"

Starting with 1990 the population of Romania has been faced with a wave of new challenges and problems, of social, economic, political nature, but also of those regarding the mentalities or the free exercise of rights, such as the right to preserve and assert their own identity. ethnic and cultural. Through a prolonged and tiring transition, some of these problems have begun to find their solution, bringing us closer to the state of normalcy, while others, more delicate, find solutions in the area of ​​ambiguity, which do nothing else. rather than sharpening them or pointing them towards wrong ends in relation to the true needs of society. Unfortunately, in this last category is also the debate of the problem of the Csangos. The constant pressures of a small group, but very active and strongly supported in Hungary, by the pro - Hungarians opened an additional front facing Romania and a part of its citizens. It is a false problem, that of the supposed Hungarian origin of the Catholics of Moldavia, by which its supporters, bringing to life the entire ideological heritage of Hungarian nationalism, nostalgic and now after the greatness of Greater Hungary, and using the modern methods and means of propaganda, try over 12 years to convince the European organisations that there is a minority of Hungarian origin in the Moldavian area and that Romania refuses to recognize its legitimate rights. This has led to a situation with profound negative consequences both for the Romanian state, which the pro-Hungarian militants present internationally as being unable to integrate into the European democratic structures, but, perhaps even worse, for the Roman-Catholic community from Moldavia, whose Romanian identity is permanently unsocial, attacked, subjected to attempts at perversion and used to serve foreign political interests of those of the targeted population. In the face of these constant pressures and visible increase from year to year, the representatives of the Roman Catholic community in Moldavia, responding to the wishes expressed repeatedly by the population aggrieved by the pro-Hungarian actions, took the initiative of establishing an association, which will defend and to assert the Romanian identity of the members of the community in front of the international organisation, of the pro - Hungarian circles and, if necessary, even in front of the Orthodox Romanians. Beginning in mid-1999, the searches, debates and consultations lasted until June 2000, when the Association of Roman Catholics "Dumitru Mărtinaş" (ARCDM) was officially registered, and continued thereafter, so that only on the date of March 17, 2001 was held the General Assembly that marked the birth of this organization. Although it was long and arduous, leaving a further two years for the upcoming manifestations of the pro-Hungarians, the consultations were necessary, and the establishment of the association through the contribution and agreement of the largest number of Moldavian Roman Catholics gave the ARCDM a broad representation base, allowing them to act, practically, on behalf of the entire Catholic community of Moldavia, a situation in which the pro-Hungarian associations can not even hope. This truth was confirmed not only by the lists of thousands of signatures of accession to the ARCDM constitution, but also by the fact that, when he opened the work of the General Assembly, President Gheorghe Bejan greeted the approximately 1000 delegates from over 50 communities. from Moldavia, next to which were also the representatives of the state and the press. The necessity of the appearance of our association arose also from the speeches of the representatives of the Roman - Catholic Archbishopric of Bucharest, the Roman - Catholic Bishopric of Iasi, of the City Hall, of the County Council and Prefecture of Bacău, of the County School Inspectorate of Bacau and of the Ministry of Education, as well as of the Ministry of Education. of the different parliamentary political parties in Romania, who also emphasized that the assertion of the Romanian identity of the Catholics in Moldavia will now be able to take on more coherent and convincing forms of manifestation, expressing the hope that they will be able to contribute to treating in accordance with the truth of the problem of the Csangos. The explanatory memorandum presented by President Gheorghe Bejan, as well as the ARCDM Statute, which was read by the Vice- President Cecilia Moldovan, amended and voted on by those present at the meeting, confirmed the hopes of the previous speakers and illustrated the willingness of the Moldavian Catholics to act for asserting and defending their Romanian identity through this association, which aims to continue and develop the line opened by the priest Joseph Petru M. Pal and the professor Dumitru Mărtinaş, its name being, in fact, being adopted symbolically. The debates that followed did nothing but reinforce these desires, the interventions of the representatives of the different Catholic communities coming to nuance and clarify some of the objectives of the association. Thus it was made clear that the affirmation of the Romanian identity of the Catholics in Moldavia should not and will not take on anti-Hungarian forms of manifestation, but that it will imply a decided and argued rejection of the Hungarian campaign, to which the members of the community are subjected (Mr. Ing. Alex Bocioaca from Oneşti, Bacău County). Also, the proposal was approved that "the activity of the association and the life of the Roman Catholic community - Moldavian Catholics should also be reflected in the publication of a periodical publication", an idea advanced by Mr. Anton Gherca, representative of the Romanian delegation, Neamţ county, and which, here, is happily materializes today. Equally, the participants in the meeting supported the idea advanced by Veronica Dumitraşcu to contribute through social actions to the protection of the mixed families in conflict, of the single and marginalized ones. Other speakers expressed their support for the aims of the association, rejecting the thesis of the Hungarian origin of the members of the Catholic communities of which they belong (Marius Nemţeanu from Bacău and Ion Joca from Cleja commune, Bacău county), evoked the personality of Professor Dumitru Mărtinaş , in the memory of which there was a moment of silence (Rozalia Hâdea, mayor of Butea commune, and Mihai Antal from the same locality), stressed that only a small number of Catholics sell their identity easily in exchange for clothes, food, antennas, computers and so on (Ionel Puşcaşu, former mayor of Lespezi commune, Bacău county), or they presented the pressures to which the Catholics from Pustiana are subjected because of 3 - 4 people who were educated in Hungary, specifying that "in reality, the locals do not want school or job in Hungarian, because they are Romanian ”(Margareta Bortă from Pustiana, Pârjol commune, Bacău county). The paradox of the situation in which Catholics from Moldavia are placed, when they are unjustifiably included in the Hungarian nation only by virtue of their confession, was brilliantly highlighted by Mariana Purţuc, professor at the Pedagogical High School in Iasi. She confessed that she feels deeply unjustified when she is considered a priori to be of Hungarian origin only because she is Catholic, and this is all the more so as she feels and lives Romanian, despite the Italian origin of her ancestors. The program supported by the parish choir „Sf. Nicolae” from Bacău and the exhibition of the plastic artist Anton Ciobanu, a member of the same community, further testified to the Romanian identity of the Roman Catholics of Moldavia, confirming the statements of all the participants in the General Assembly and offering additional support for the objectives we have proposed.
GENERAL  ASSEMBLY  OF  CONSTITUTION  OF THE  ROMAN  CATHOLIC  ASSOCIATION "DUMITRU  MARTINAȘ"  MARCH  17,  2001
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