SPC Synod defrocks rebel bishop

Author: Staff
Date Published: 11/19/2010
Publication: B92
Bishop Artemije (FoNet, file)
Bishop Artemije (FoNet, file)

BELGRADE — The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) decided Friday to defrock retired Bishop Artemije.

Earlier in the day, the bishop, who was forced into retirement earlier this year because of a financial scandal involving his associates, was declared by the Synod to be in open schism with the Church.

Late on Thursday and early on Friday, the bishop and about 40 of his followers usurped two northern Kosovo monasteries.

Artemije served liturgy this morning in the dining room of one of the monasteries in violation of Synod orders.

The bishop’s followers also attempted to enter a third monastery, said reports, but were prevented by members of Kosovo police, KPS.

According to a statement of the Raška-Prizren eparchy, now headed by Bishop Teodosije, several monks have also been arrested.

The statement said that Teodosije, accompanied by clergy, Serb people from the north of Kosovo, and “Serb police”, entered late on Friday the Devine Vode monastery.