Statements

Message of His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch

Today, Serbia leads one of the greatest battles in its history to save its soul and defend its Holy Land Kosovo and Metohija.

The momentous question is being resolved today in the Hague. Whatever the solution is going to be enacted, we must carry on our fight that with the negotiations we come to the most appropriate solution for Kosovo and Metohija, which will be acceptable to Serbs and Albanians, in order to live together in peace and prosperity and have a safe future.

Communique

The Great Church Court of the Serbian Orthodox Church was in session on June 11 of this year and then, unanimously, confirmed and in this way strengthen the verdict of the Church Court of the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic by which protosyngellos Simeon, the former head of the monastery of Banjska near Zvecan, was deprived of the office and monastic rank and brought back among the laity with his lay name Dejan Vilovski and excluded from the church community in three years; and the verdict of the same Court by which monk Antonije, the former brother of the monastery of Crna Reka in Raska, was deprived of the monastic rank, brought back among laity with his lay name Dragan Davidovic and excluded from the church community in two years.

Decisions of the Great Church Court are final and executive.

 

The Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Delivers: Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa

Protosyngellos Simeon Vilovski deprived of the monastic status and office and excluded from the church community

The Church Court of the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic on its session on May 22 in Berane reached a verdict by which protosyngellos Simeon (Vilovski), ex-head of the monastery of Banjska, was deprived of the office and monastic rank and brought back among laymen with a secular name Dejan [1] and excluded from the church community in three years.

Sins Against Nature and God

Once again, in a matter only of a few years, the eyes of the world are turned with suspense toward the Gulf Coast. Sadly, the oil spill is following a path similar to Hurricane Katrina and threatening the coast of Louisiana as well as neighboring states.

A deficiency of intelligence and integrity, a surplus of petty pretentiousness and malice

Mirko Đorđević, self-proclaimed "religious analyst" (of the sort for whom only the code for semi-literate journalist applies), wrote a wretched, wicked article in Danas on 10 May 2010 (p. 6) entitled "A Surplus of Saints" in which he repeats yet again his vicious-stupid slandering of St. Nikolaj of Žiča, now also adding St. Justin the New of Ćelije, following his recent addition to the diptych of the saints, which was done at the recent convocation of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of our Church (not "his proclamation as a saint" by the "Synod of the SPC," as the unknowing know-it-all M.Đ. writes, in addition to a host of other lies and misinformation).

New petition of self-praised rebelous monks, supporters of parasinagogue "Artemijevci"

On the website of the renegade in schism Crna Reka Monastery - as well as on the false "website of the Diocese of Raška and Prizren" and, as usual, in some of the mass media - the text of a new "petition to the Holy Assembly of Bishops" has appeared, which does not mention the previous petition, written by the same rebel monks (but in a much more reckless and anti-church manner, which has now been somewhat ameliorated), where, at the end, they refer to the alleged signatures of "one hundred and five monks and nuns from fourteen monasteries", while the petition itself includes mostly signatures of male and female novices.