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The Philanthropy of the Orthodox Church: A Rumanian Case Study

Ovidiu Dan

in Christian bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality

Published on behalf of The Journal of Christian Bioethics Inc.

Volume 13, issue 3, pages 303-307
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1380-3603
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1744-4195 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803600701732074
The Philanthropy of the Orthodox Church: A Rumanian Case Study

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On the basis of a definition of God as “love”, human philanthropy is derived from Divine philanthropy, and therefore extends to all human beings. Because Divine philanthropy is most centrally expressed in Christ's incarnation and resurrection, Christ's identification with all who suffer presents the strongest motivation for human philanthropy. After a short review of the Romanian Orthodox Church's development after 1989, the author turns to his special case study, the Social-Medical Day-Care Christian Centre for older citizens. He describes the wan in which Church-based philanthropy can integrate socialmedical with Christian pastoral care, and how this work draws the local communities into assuming a shared responsibility.

Keywords: philanthropy; Orthodox Church; Romania; pastoral care; social care

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