Subject: URGENT from the AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR KOSOVO: Bishop Artemije returns to Kosovo and Metohija

jim@savekosovo.org
Sent: Fri, November 19, 2010 11:35:09 AM
Subject: URGENT from the AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR KOSOVO: Bishop Artemije returns to
Kosovo and Metohija!

Dear Friends
Today’s media report that Vladika Artemije has returned to Kosovo and Metohija
and served Liturgy at the Duboki Potok Monastery.   As I indicated in my message
of November 12, Vladika had written to his brother Bishops on October 13 stating
the canonical basis for his authority over the Eparchy of Ras and Prizren and
the uncanonical nature of the actions taken against him earlier this year.  Now,
with his return to Kosovo, with the support of the Serbian National Council of
Kosovo and Metohija led by Milan Ivanović and Dragan Velić, and he has resumed
effective exercise of his episcopacy.
As will be noted further below, little has appeared in the English-language
media that is not completely slanted by „yellow“ anti-Artemije perspective.  One
partial exception is today’s article „Bishop’s Followers In Two Kosovo
Monasteries,“ fromB92.  While also including the slant found elsewhere, it also
carries some of Vladika Artemije’s own words about the current situation:
„We are gathered here to lay a new foundation, to bring back order, peace and
unity into the Raška-Prizren Eparchy, which has been going through a Golgotha
for the past nine months.“

„We have not separated from anyone, we are no schismatics, and we are not
creating anything new. We are simply striving to maintain what our glorious
forefathers and ancestors have left us,“ said Artemije.

The bishop said that he expected new attacks against him and the monks loyal to
him, but that he felt no fear.

„Every new beginning is difficult, every awakening comes from the desert, and
this is one of those deserts of ours, where we are gathered now. Instead of in
the church, in the temple of God, we are here at this narrow table, because
those who have the power have ordered that we cannot enter the church,“ said he,
and compared today’s service to those held by early Christians.

„Temples are certainly consecrated places for religious service, but in a
predicament even the Roman catacombs were holy places. Let us guard our faith
and unity with the Holy and Apostolic Church, and then God will bless our homes,
our villages and towns, our Kosovo and Metohija, and our whole country,“
Artemije said.

Vladika Artemije’s simple and direct statements should be compared to the
following „yellow“ tirades (emphasis added initalics):
„AformerSerbian Orthodox Church bishop in Kosovo has broken into a monastery to
hold a liturgy despite his retirement, openly clashing with the church
leadership.  The dispute between ex-Bishop Artemije and the church leaders
reflects thedivisions between the moderates and the hardliners.Artemije is
staunchly anti-Western and conservative.“  [Associated Press, „Ex-Kosovo bishop
breaks into monastery [sic!] to hold liturgy disobeying Serbian Orthodox
church,“ Nov 19]
„The divided Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) came under further pressure Friday
from arenegade bishop, whooccupied a Kosovo monastery on Friday and performed a
service indefiance of the church’s orders, local media reported.  . . . In
February, the SPC forced Bishop Artemije into retirement, stripping him of
authority over the Kosovo eparchy because of his questionable business dealings
and ‚inability to govern.‘ Concerned that Artemije and his supporters from
thechurch’s radical wing could scupper a fragile unity in the church the SPC
leadership also banned him from holding services. . . . Accompanied by a group
ofradical monks who support him, Artemije on Friday entered the Zubin Potok
monastery in northern Kosovo and performed liturgy, directly challenging the
SPC. With its assembly still in session, the SPC had yet to respond to
Artemije’s move. The SPC is divided over several important issues,including
relations with the Vatican, ties to renegade Orthodox churches in Macedonia and
Montenegro and how services should be performed. [Deutsche Presse-Agentur,
„Disgraced Kosovo bishop launches mutiny against Serbian church,“ Nov 19]
So there we have it:  Far from „simply striving to maintain what our glorious
forefathers and ancestors have left us,“ in Vladika Artemije’s words, his
actions are those of a „disgraced“ „renegade“ „former“ Bishop supported by evil
Serb „hardliners“ and „radicals,“ like Milan Ivanović and Dragan Velić, who,
like him, are „staunchly anti-Western and conservative,“ and oppose „moderates“
with respect to „relations with the Vatican, ties to renegade Orthodox churches
in Macedonia and Montenegro and how services should be performed“ — also, it
hardly needs to be added,opposing Western policy on Kosovo.
The above comparisons make crystal clear the truth of the conclusion to my last
message:

All we can say for sure at this juncture is the following: First, that the
uncanonical and invalid attempt to discredit and remove Vladika Artemije –which
any simpleton can see has, literally, nothing to do with allegations of supposed
misconduct and everything to do with trying to eliminate a pillar of the
Orthodox Church and the Serbian nation –continues unabated and indeed is
intensifying.  Second, that this attempt is politically motivated and includes
collaborators both inside and outside the Church.  Third, that its aim is
further to demoralize the Serbian Orthodox Church as the last bastion of the
national spirit uncorrupted by the ill wind blowing from Washington and Brussels
and to remove the most important impediment to the West’s contemplated “final
solution” to Kosovo and Metohija.

Vladika Artemije has now „called out“ those behind the efforts to remove him at
the behest of anti-Church and anti-Serbia agendas.  The big „impediment“ to
Washington’s „final solution“ for Kosovo is back!  We all need to watch closely
and with a critical eye their reactions.  Most of all, we call on the Christian
Serbian people of Kosovo and Metohija to protect Bishop Artemije from the
inevitable next stage of provocation: an effort by NATO, EULEX, or „KosovA“
police to remove him forcibly.

James George Jatras
Director, American Council for Kosovo
Washington
November 19, 2010
+1.202.375.1007
jim@savekosovo.org

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy%253D2010%2526mm%253D11%2526dd%253D19%2526nav_id%253D70983%26version%3Dprint&version=print

Bishop’s followers in two Kosovo monasteries
19 November 2010 | 11:24 ->12:59| Source: TanjugZUBIN POTOK — Retired Bishop
Artemije served liturgy at a SPC monastery in Kosovo today, despite the Holy
Synod’s decision to prohibit him from performing his priest duties.

About 50 monks and believers who support him arrived to the Duboki Potok
monastery during the night and this morning.

During Friday, Artemije’s followers also occupied the Devine Vode monastery in
northern Kosovo. Artemije’s replacement Teodosije, appointed yesterday in
Belgrade, is said to have urgently returned to the province.

Priors from several other monasteries in Kosovo came to Duboki Potok this
morning, and the ceremony went without incidents or problems, according to
reports.

Bishop Artemije arrived to the monastery last night, accompanied by monks who
support him, and was greeted by the faithful.

The decision to go to Duboki Potok followed after the Holy Assembly of Bishops
of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) appointed Bishop Teodosije as new
administrator of the Raška-Prizren Eparchy instead of Bishop Artemije.

Bishop Artemije refuses to accept the decision and claims that it is not
canonical.

Artemije was forced to retire because of allegations that one of his advisors
defrauded the eparchy, and was first temporarily forbidden to perform his duties
as a priest at the previous assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC).

Today in Duboki Potok, the retired bishop addressed after the service those who
attended:

„We are gathered here to lay a new foundation, to bring back order, peace and
unity into the Raška-Prizren Eparchy, which has been going through a Golgotha
for the past nine months.“

„We have not separated from anyone, we are no schismatics, and we are not
creating anything new. We are simply striving to maintain what our glorious
forefathers and ancestors have left us,“ said Artemije.

The bishop said that he expected new attacks against him and the monks loyal to
him, but that he felt no fear.

„Every new beginning is difficult, every awakening comes from the desert, and
this is one of those deserts of ours, where we are gathered now. Instead of in
the church, in the temple of God, we are here at this narrow table, because
those who have the power have ordered that we cannot enter the church,“ said he,
and compared today’s service to those held by early Christians.

„Temples are certainly consecrated places for religious service, but in a
predicament even the Roman catacombs were holy places. Let us guard our faith
and unity with the Holy and Apostolic Church, and then God will bless our homes,
our villages and towns, our Kosovo and Metohija, and our whole country,“
Artemije said.

The abbot of the monastery, Romilo, first refused to hand Artemije over the
keys, but his monk Kiprijan threatened the abbot, „and took two cell phones, and
keys to one cell and his car“, said the eparchy in its statement, adding that
Romilo was „to all intents and purposes a hostage, because Artemije’s followers
to all intents and purposes occupied the monastery“.

Father Romilo was in his cell, did not attend the service, and did not wish to
speak to reporters.

Meanwhile in Belgrade, SPC sources told B92 that the bishop will likely be
defrocked today, „since he has followed in the footsteps of Miraš Dedeić, the
so-called metropolitan of the canonically unrecognized Montenegrin Orthodox
Church“.

Church: Attempt at usurpation

In the meantime, administrations of the Raška-Prizren Eparchy and
Kosovo-Metohija Eparchy has issued an announcement, stating that retired Bishop
Artemije’s intent to serve today at the Duboki potok monastery represents
„usurpation“.

The eparchy says that Artemije came to the monastery last night unannounced
„together with a group of runaway monks and a group of activists of so-called
Serbian National Council of Kosovo and Metohija led by Milan Ivanović and Dragan
Velić, without knowledge and blessing of the SPC Holy Assembly of Bishops“.

The announcement adds that Bishop Artemije „is retired and that every
unauthorized serving of liturgy and abuse of SPC premises represents the crudest
violation of the church canon and rules“.

The Raška-Prizren Eparchy has announced that the clergy of the eparchy and monks
living in the eparchy monasteries are completely loyal to their newly appointed
administrator Bishop Teodosije who is supported by the Holy Assembly of Bishops
and Patriarch Irinej.

Kosovo hat neuen Bischof. Konzilssitzungen in Belgrad

SOK AKTUELL
Nachrichtenagentur der Serbischen Orthodoxen Diözese
für  Mitteleuropa
19. November  2010
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Kosovo  hat neuen Bischof.  Konzilssitzungen in Belgrad

Bischof  Teodosije von Raszien-Prizren
(BELGRAD) Das Kosovo-Metohija hat einen neuen Diözesanbischof: Der
bisherige Vikar der Diözese Raszien-Prizren, Bischof Teodosije (Sibalic), wurde  am
18. November vom Hl. Konzil der Serbischen Orthodoxen Kirche (SOK) zum
Nachfolger des emeritierten Bischofs Artemije (Radosavljevic) als Bischof von
Raszien-Prizren gewählt. Der 1963 im westserbischen Cacak geborene Bischof
Teodosije war seit 1992 Abt des Klosters Visoki Decani im Westen
Kosovo-Metohijas. Unter seiner Leitung ist dieses Kloster zum größten Zentrum  des
männlichen Mönchtums der SOK geworden.
Ex-Diözesanbischof Artemije von Raszien-Prizren hat die Entscheidungen  des
höchsten Gremiums der SOK nicht anerkannt und hat sich der kanonisch
geregelten Ordnung der Orthodoxie in beinahe militanter Weise widersetzt. Laut
Angaben der SOK habe der ehemalige Diözesanbischof mehrere Klöster im
Kosovo-Metohija besetzt. In seiner Begleitung seien  dabei auch bewaffnete
Menschen gewesen.  Infolge dessen teilte heute Abend der Sprecher der SOK, Bischof
Irinej (Bulovic)  von Backa, mit, dass das Konzil der SOK Ex-Bischof
Artemije aufgrund seines  Verhaltens den Bischofsrang entzogen habe. Ursprünglich
war Vater Artemije wegen finanzieller Machenschaften in seiner Diözese
emeritiert worden.
Das Hl. Konzil der SOK, dem alle Bischöfe dieser orthodoxen Ortskirche
angehören, tagt seit Mittwoch, dem 17. November, in Belgrad. Die Sitzungen
wurden überschattet von einem von Makedonien aus verursachten Vorfall:
Erzbischof Jovan (Vraniskoski) von Ohrid, der zu den Konzilssitzungen nach  Belgrad
kommen wollte, wurde an der bulgarisch-serbischen Grenze festgenommen:
Anscheinend wollen die makedonischen Machthaber, die eine vermeintlich
unabhängige makedonische „Nationalkirche“ fördern, den legitimen und der SOK
treuen Vertreter der Orthodoxie in Makedonien, Erzbischof Jovan, weiteren
Verfolgungen aussetzten. Er war bereits in Vergangenheit nach offensichtlich
politisch motivierten Prozessen zu Gefängnisstrafen verurteilt worden. Das Hl.
Konzil der SOK hat an die bulgarische Regierung einen Appell gerichtet, den
festgenommenen Erzbischof frei zu lassen.
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Nachrichtenagentur der Serbischen Orthodoxen Diözese für  Mitteleuropa
Obere Dorfstraße 12
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NO(KO)VI UMNJACI ILI ZABLUDE IZ MLADOSTI

GLAS DIJASPORE

GLAVNOM I ODGOVORNOM UREDNIKU

Gospodinu DUŠANU NONKOVIĆU

NO(KO)VI UMNJACI ILI ZABLUDE IZ MLADOSTI

Umnjaci – zubi – nekome niknu a nekome nikad ne izrastu, a ima slučajeva gdje djelimično izrastu. Kod čovjeka zubi umnjaci rastu između 20-30 godine života. Dakle, niču u zreloj dobi, ali nije neko pravilo jer ima i drugih slučajeva gdje niču ranije ili nešto kasnije. Kada rastu u krivom smjeru stručnjaci preporučuju njihovo vađenje. Nije nam poznato da su umnjaci u „trećem dobu“ nekome iznova izrasli-nikli po drugi put, jer su se prethodni istrošili ili su zog „krivog“ rasta uklonjeni. Moć ili nemoć prirode kod ljudi kao živih bića na sreću ili nesreću pojedinaca pokazuje svoj paradoks ili „čudo neviđeno“ iako znamo da pojedina živa bića-stvorovi na zemlji za razliku od čovjeka imaju moć regeneracije. Dakle, „izgubljeni“ – otkinuti dio ponovo biva nadoknađen. Biljke u   određenom godišnjem dobu najčešće jedanput godišnje cvjetaju, a dešava se da usljed nekih optimalnih vremenskih uslova ili promjena u sred jeseni ili zime po drugi put (pro)cvjetaju.

Nekim (po)jedincima u Crnoj Gori po stare dane dešavaju se čuda sa životom, organima ili djelovima njihovoga tijela koji rastu, jačaju ili se mlade-podmlađuju! Drugačije rečeno pokazuju znake njihove nekadašnje mladosti! Najčešće se to dešava onim (po)jedincima koji se naknadno „opamete“ usljed neke jako „stresne“ situacije, pragmatičnog razloga, zbog „demokratskog“ ambijenta, ličnih ili naučnih interesa, političkih ambicija ili edukacije za davanje „prostora za panel diskusije“, i tako dalje. Oni se poslije dugog niza godina ili čak nekoliko decenija, gdje su u zavičaju ili domovini živjeli „svojom“ voljom u „zabludi“, odjednom trgnu i „probude“ na intervenciju stranog ambasadora, nekad zbog izgubljene diplomatske fotelje ili savjetničke funkcije premijera!

Od silnoga političkog i ideološkog udara – „stresa“, oslobađajući se velikih „zabluda“ iz svoje mladosti, u njihovom su se organizmu naglo pokrenule neke „matične ćelije“ koje im sada u trećem dobu omogućavaju „podmlađivanje“ pojedinih djelova tijela i organa ili im čak iznova počinju nicati zubi „umnjaci“! Otrijeznivši se od umnoga i duhovnoga „pijanstva“, kojim su nekada u mladosti bili „zadojeni“ i stekli zvučne naučne i stručne titule i zvanja, takvi sada (po)jedinci kao (samo)stalni p(oli)tičari, iako već uveliko troše šestu, sedmu ili osmu deceniju života, posjeduju drugu ispra(v)nu „mladost“, političku svakako ali i životnu „(nat)prirodnu“ moć, sa kojom se (po)kazuju i dokazuju na svim životnim i društvenim poljima njihove nove „mladosti“!

Veoma rijetko ili iznimno u „političkim slučajevima“ pogotovo bivšim političarima, „stand by“ političarima ili onima u političkoj apstinenciji mogu da počnu naglo nicati zubi „umnjaci“, iako je isteklo-prošlo vrijeme rasta i razvoja pa sada retroaktivno, kao „(nat)prirodna moć“ regeneracije podjedinih životinjskih ili biljnih vrsta, opet se pojave iako su odavno oni prvi istrošeni ili izvađeni. Takve pojave najčešće su kod politički umnih kolumnista, profesora i drugih visokih, znanih i neznanih znalaca, pisaca, pjesnika, književnika, demokrata, političkih prevrtača, samostalnih savjetnika, koji su snagom svoga političkog i kameleonskog talenta nastavili sa pisanjem kolumni, tumačenjem istorijskih događaja iz daleke prošlosti, ali ne i onih koje su prije samo deceniju ili nešto više pisali pa sada mnogo pametuju i političkom zaboravu se „bezbolno“ prepuštaju.

Umnjaci im i sada ponovo i pravilno (iz)niču, čak i brzo rastu ne ugrožavajući raniji raspored njihovih ostarjelih zuba, jer su u sadejstvu sa novom političkom klimom, evropskim i evroatlantskim integrativnim procesima i novoniklim „umnjacima“. U svojim um(il)nim kolumnama a sa novim zubima kao „umnjacima“ podastiru nam nove (raz)vojne projekte, političke i opet prozne, književne sa blagom edukativnom metodom i svakako političkim naravoučenijem da ne treba sve pamtiti, a posebno ne ono iz vremena od prije dvije decenije ili ne ono vrijeme u kojem su oni politički djelovali, jer tako „z(aht)ijeva“ nova Evropa i svakako ekološka, nezavisna, evropska, nadaleko prosperitetna, uveliko demokratska Crna Gora, koja je strateški (opre)dijeljena za NATO na globalnom odnosno (ev)ropskom nivou. Oni hoće da edukuju i obrazuju kritičare, intelektualce, neobrazovane pojedince i brojne političke suparnike i nametnu im novo i „drugačije tumačenje“ prošlosti, posebno ove crnogorske koju unovčavaju i za čije interese peru svoje i njihove političke biografije iz vremena „rata za mir“, naravno za sve to okrivljujući prethodne „umnjake“ koji su „nepravilno rasli“ u usnoj duplji i u jednoj istoj (raz)umnoj glavi pa zbog toga su imali „krivo“ i (na)strano gledanje i „suptilno“ tumačenje istorijskih događaja iz daleke ili bliže prošlosti Crne Gore.

Niču „UMNJACI“ kao NO(KO)VI zubi po stare dane, jer su stalni već odavno istrošeni i zamijenjeni socijalnim odnosno porculancima ili sjajnim-zlatnim „navlakama“! Šta sve čovjeka može zadesiti po stare dane, a bogme i društvo crnogorsko u ovoj „mladoj“ nezavisnoj, crnogorskoj, a već uveliko staroj ekološkoj državi i to sada „kad joj vrijeme nije“, jer brzo dobismo od Evropske Unije „mišljenje – preporuku“ za status kandidata, a (š)to će biti realizovano kada mi (Crna Gora) ocijenimo da smo (sa)zreli za članstvo jednakih i (ravno)pravnih u Evropi.

Šta peostaje ozbiljnom, zrelom čovjeku, piscu, književniku, istoričaru, zdravorazumskom biću kada pročita horske i autorske (k)olumne sa novim „umnjacima“ ili sve zahtjeve za „panel diskusije“, priče i pričice, zanovetanja, promišljanja i drugačija nova i „suptilnija“ tumačenja njegove i „naše“ prošlosti, sjećanja iz mladosti (samo)stalnog p(oli)tičara kao „starine Novaka“ i inih, elokventnog i um(il)nog i (naj)omiljenijeg profesora, nekadašnjeg lidera jedne od nekada najjačih političkih stranaka na tlu Crne Gore sa ili bez njegovih nekadašnjih eksperata, koji su se sada većinom prestrojili i prišli novome političkom taboru nazivajući ga kao nekada „DRP sistemom“, ili onih kojih su nekada žestoko kritikovali i nazivali kojekakvim imenima i stranku i lidera njihovoga i sve njihove „elitne“ političare?

Da li ćemo i dalje posmatrati nijemo političare sa novim „umnjacima“ u njihovom „trećem-staračkom dobu“ gdje narodu-građanima oni opet hoće soliti pamet novim „evropskim integracijama“ novim tumačenjima crnogorske, srpske, hrvatske, bošnjačke, albanske, osmanske prošlosti-istorije ili ćemo imati prilike da na „prostoru za panel diskusije“ i mi kao čitaoci po nešto kažemo, napišemo i objavimo kao ktitiku ili lični stav?

Možda će „demokratski“ štampani i elektronski mediji imati prostora za drugačiji način  sagledavanja naše ukupne društveno-političke i privredne zbilje u prethodne dvije decenije ili za onaj period iz mnogo dalje istorije ili čak „(prah)istorije“!

 

Podgorica, 19. novembar 2010. godine                                                 dr Momčilo D. Pejović,

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