RTS: the SOC preserved the Unity

Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren says that intentions of monk Artemije about creating of some so-called "true church" are not real and after all this there are no chance of the schism in the Church.

In the Diocese of Raska and Prizren it is assessed that the attempt of the Bishop Artemije, who was disfrocked, and a group of monks to seize monasteries on the north of Kosovo and Metohija was an unique and unprecedented event in the history of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The RTS crew was in the monastery of Duboki Potok, from where Artemije and his followers were escorted to Kraljevo.

After three days of state of siege and incidents , in the monastery of Duboki potok was a small brotherhood - abbot Romilo and one more monk.

Romilo was a witness of all happenings in the monastery. He banned the disgraced bishop Artemije to serve a liturgy in the church, and after an attempt of capturing that and other monasteries on the north of Kosovo and Metohia the abbot called the police.

The Diocese of Raska-Prizren was caused an extensive damage, and the priesthood had been silent and suffered for a long time, considered the abbot of Duboki Potok. He accused the disgraced bishop of manipulating the national feeling of the Kosovo Serbs.

Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren believes that a project of the creation of a new church with Artemije as its head will not succeed.

In the Diocese of Raska-Prizren expect that the judicial authorities will take necessary measures againts the usurpers of the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church so as to the perpetrators would be disabled in the possible repetition of similar crimes.


Source: Radio Television of Serbia (RTS), the Serbian national broadcasting service