Communiquefrom the Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church from its regular meeting held in Belgrade November 17-20, 2010
The second regular meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops was held between November 17-20, 2010 at the Patriarchate in Belgrade under the presidency of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej. All diocesan bishops took part in the work of the Assembly, with the exception of the head of the autonomous Archbishopric of Ohrid, His Beatitude Jovan and Bishop Konstantin of Central Europe.
On today's session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church it has been decided that vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan to be appointed as Bishop of Raska-Prizren.
Bishop Teodosije, baptized as Zivko Sibalic, was born on June 29, 1963 in Cacak, by father Milan and mother Biljana (born as Jovic), now Sister Marta, a nun.. Upon completing his primary and secondary school in Gorjani and Uzice, he studied theology at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade, where he graduated. He became novice on January 6, 1987 in the monastery of Crna Reka, near Novi Pazar, where he started a monastic life by the spiritual guidance of the current retired Bishop Artemije of Raska-Prizren. He became a monk on the Patron Saint's Day, Saint Michael the Archangel, on November 21, 1989, and got a monastic name Teodosije after St. Theodosios the Great, the founder of monastic communal life (cenobitism).
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.