Stephen the Great was one of the leading political personalities of all time. This is not because we, Romanians, want to believe this and the history textbook says that he was right and good, but because he was known and feared during his time in Europe. Given the geopolitical position of Romania, he made the most effective decisions at key moments in history.
According to the principle “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s”, from the position of ruler of Moldova, he was a bright example in his time and brought much wealth and prestige to the country and its people. It is not the fact that he fulfilled his duties that make him a saint, but the canonization of the Orthodox Church. Why? From the point of view of the preaching faith, he was an apostle of his times, religiously motivating all his battles and bringing thanks to God by having monasteries built.
If we are to carefully study the political motivations, it seems that, in history, they have always gone hand in hand with the call to religion. It was not for nothing that “God bless America” has constantly remained in the official formulations of the White House. Much of what has been built based on faith, in the history of mankind, has remained standing. And now it is shaking precisely because the Constitution that was built on Christian grounds is being violated, and the USA has become a federal police state.
Orthodoxy is etymologically defined as “the right faith”. For a state leader to support, for 47 years, the Church, which “not even the gates of hell will overcome”, is no small matter. Especially, considering that Stephen the Great did not seek to use this faith as electoral bait. According to the orthodoxy, at the judgment of the soul, after death, the position in society that man had is taken into account as a duty to his fellows. One is asked from a monk and the other from a layman. Something, from an ordinary man, something else from a head of state.
His canonization as a saint was challenged by the untrue myths launched by Mihail Sadoveanu, which were denied by historical research. Stephen the Great had only one son outside the marriage. Otherwise, quoting something I do not know where I found it, “it is not known what sonnets Shakespeare would have written if the sultan had hung his flat shoes on the Tower of London.” I also recommend the article I wrote in English for this holiday: Saint Stephen the Great or Why Europe Has Such a Diverse Map.
He who can achieve what Stephen the Great has achieved should throw the stone first at the decision of the Orthodox Church. Is anybody interested?
Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant 2004-present Translation by Cristiana Brezeanu of the article “Corectitudinea politică“ previously published by Marcus Victor Grant in Romanian on the 1st of July 2014 on Discerne. Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant, all rights reserved. Originally written in 2004. Updated in 2020.
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