As others, I watched “Marele Alb” with some fascination, astonishment and trepidation. It is a good movie documenting a daring “operation” that allowed an investigative journalist to enter the inner circle rigging tenders for the Romanian Orthodox Church. The journalist took a great risk, and I commend him for unveiling the ties that bind church administrators, national and local politicians, as well as construction company managers. But this is just a small piece of the puzzle, the Church and its people have myriad other ways to collect money.I wrote a short piece for the Society for Romanian Studies Newsletter, and I thank Lea and Roland for putting me to work.

The video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHTgt82ZGPM&t=375s

My text is available here: https://society4romanianstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/SRS-Fall_Winter-2021-Newsletter.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3928B4g_x9BDc3RPJneq6bXmUyBnE3oFvvVugW4fFMd5-6UKEFxDSHyVM