Statement on KFOR’s intent to transfer protection of Serbian holy shrines and monuments to the Kosovo Police19. March 2010 - 11:21
The Diocese of Raška-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija expresses its serious concern due to KFOR's intent to transfer protection of the memorial at Gazimestan to the jurisdiction of the Kosovo Police. Earlier this month (March 2) during a meeting between Bishop Atanasije and Bishop's Deputy Teodosije with the KFOR commander, German General Bentler, in Gračanica Monastery, it was clearly said that it is unacceptable for this Diocese and the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija that holy shrines and buildings protected by KFOR be transferred to the protection of the Kosovo Police. Especially worrisome is that this intention is again coming up on the anniversary of the March Pogrom against the Serbs and the Serbian Church six years ago. We emphasize that the KPS does not inspire confidence in either the Church or the Serbian community in this southern province of Serbia. The transfer of the protection of the memorial in Gazimestan is not good because it can open the question of continued protection for other Serbian church and national Holy Shrines and Cultural Monuments.
News that yesterday in Zadar (12.03.2010) was an announcement on the establishment of the so-called "Croatian Orthodox Church" caused anxiety for the clergy and the Orthodox Serbs in Croatia. It is known that the HOC was formed in 1942 in the time of the fascist and Ustashe regime of Ante Pavelic in the NDH (Independent State of Croatia). Then the Pavelic's regime committed genocide against the Serbian, Jewish and Roma people in the NDH, and the goal of the phantom HOC was to destroy every trace of existence of the Orthodoxy and the Orthodox Serbs in this region.
The Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people have been living for centuries in the region of Dalmatia, as it is evident and confirmed the best by its parish churches and monasteries, which were built between XIII to XV century and represent a significant cultural heritage, which as such, is under the protection of the competent institutions of the Croatian state.
The Orthodox Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija has proven information that monk of Crna Reka Antonije Davidovic, for whom the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church repeatedly asked to be punished for his church-destroying and non monk behavior, and who is now finally placed under the authority of the church body, currently is located in the areas of Orahovac and Velika Hoca, where he talk to people against Patriarch and the Church and brings doubt with numerous delusional stories, supposedly protecting Bishop Artemije. Davidovic in this way with these methods also seek a support for himself, because he is under the church procedure.
THEY DEFEND BISHOP FROM THE CHURCH AND PATRIARCH
The church-destroying action of the group of people who has initially signed as a spiritual children of Bishop Artemije, and then their texts are now signed as "Information Service of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren during the detention of Bishop Artemije." has lasted for days. Although it has always been and will be people who have sectarian mentality, in this case is indicative that the name of one of the Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church is still illegally used and as that openly attack on spiritual and moral integrity of the Serbian Patriarch and the Holy Synod of Bishops, whose photos are published entitled "Outlaws" or "Synod of shame". Unfortunately, these zealots of hatred, who consider themselves as "defenders of Bishop Artemije and his works", not only that they do not help him but confirm the blackest doubts that creating a personality cult in the Diocese of Raska-Prizren among a small number of monks and believers, for years it was made a real potential for the destruction of the reputation of the Serbian Orthodox Church and so a schism was prepared, and in a way how it is done by various schismatic and pseudo-Orthodox groups which exist around the world.
Known, but poorly knowledgeable about the truth of the Orthodox Church in general and particularly about the Serbian Church, archpriest Mateja Matejic from America, wrote another pamphlet (published on the pseudo-zealot schizmatic website "Fight for the faith," March 4, 2010), entitled " Injustice as justice. " The text of this well-known member of the Ljoticevci in the cassock could be renamed to "lies and slander as justice" - or pseudo-justice of pseudo-zealot circles that destroy the Church. All information of this Archpriest who is very educated but who scarcely understand , originate from sources or "hearsay" or, as in previous cases, from offensive anti-Church sites.
I do not intend to reply to archpriest Matejic what he said about me earlier and now what he has written. Let him! - what said Patriarch Pavle of blessed repose. I would advised him, however, as a brother and a concelebrant, that carefully read the decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops on the centuries-old (and not on the modern ) service of the Divine Liturgy. The multilayered Assembly decision has three important elements, and Archpriest did not carefully read or understand any of them. Not to mention that he neither looked, nor even read, four-volume anthology "Christ - New Pascha - On the Divine Liturgy" / 2500 pages /, available to every well-intentioned, and for which pseudo zealots, as well as Archpriest, say that it is " fake! - Let them such pseudo-fight for pseudo-faith.
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church has decided that the enthronement ceremony of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, originally planned for April 25, 2010 of this year, be postponed to the fall. The new date has not yet been determined, and the public will be informed about it on time.
The reason for delay is lack of time available for an adequate organizational and logistical preparation of this important spiritual event, as well as a need that distinguished guests, local and from the world, have the opportunity to respond, and not because of the short time they cannot not do it.
Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church
Delivers: Bishop Irinej of Bachka, m.p.
Belgrade, March 1, 2010