Significant thoughts in Metropolitan Nicodim Munteanu’s speeches on his ascending to the dignity of Patriarch of Romania
Patriarch Nicodim Munteanu was the second Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. He was elected and installed in this high dignity in the summer of 1939. From the speeches he gave during his election and installation, some of the main features of his character can be noticed, as well as the principles which guided him until then and which will continue to be landmarks in the life and work of this Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Nicodim Munteanu expressed his intentions regarding his pastorate at the helm of the Romanian Orthodox Church in speeches he gave on the occasion of his election, investment and installation as patriarch, but also in the Irenic Letter addressed to the heads of the Orthodox sister Churches. The argument of receiving the dignity of Patriarch by evoking the activity of valuable clerical elements from our ecclesiastical past also indicates a good knowledge of our national and ecclesiastical history, full of events and characters worthy of being role models. Generally, we can say that Patriarch Nicodim Munteanu managed to fulfill the goals that he had stated during his election and installation. However, we must bear in mind that most of his activity as Patriarch took place during and immediately after World War II, with all the burdens and constraints specific to that period.