Eparchial (Diocesan) Statement
Statement on KFOR’s intent to transfer protection of Serbian holy shrines and monuments to the Kosovo Police19. March 2010 - 14:21
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.
Communique of Administrator Atanasije of Diocese of Raska-Prizren, retired Bishop of Zahumlje and Herzegovina15. February 2010 - 17:32
Upon the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church no. 131 of February 11, 2010 signed by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, His Grace Bishop Artemije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija was dismissed of the managing duties of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren until the completion of the initiated canonical procedure, or until the next session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops. His Grace Bishop Artemije is not forbidden to serve and can stay at the seat or other place or monastery of these or other Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, but with the permission of the newly appointed administrator or other Bishop in charge or other Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral neither is the founder of non-government organization "Matica Srba Crne Gore" nor Metropolitan had blessed "the decision to hold the founding Assembly" as it was presented in media. Founding cultural and national organizations, as it is well known, neither belongs to a jurisdiction of the Metropolitanate nor Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral.