15 Years in Prison for Bishop Who Rejected Sin of Schism

An example of those whom Pope Francis cited as today’s martyrs, although he survived his unspeakable torments, was Bishop Ioan Ploscaru (1911-1998).

Chiesa Online: Bishop Ioan PloscaruTo all of us, the Greek-Catholic priests and bishops, freedom was offered in exchange for switching to the Orthodox Church. To me personally they proposed this exchange a number of times beginning with my first arrest. But one cannot compromise with one’s conscience. If I had given in, it would have been a great disaster for my conscience and a source of confusion for those among whom I was living. Full account here.