Montenegro: Cetinje authorities to discuss transferring Orthodox monastery to schismatics

Cetinje, Montenegro, September 10, 2021     

Local authorities in the Montenegrin city of Cetinje will soon discuss taking the ancient Cetinje Monastery out of the hands of the Orthodox Church and giving it to the schismatic “Montenegrin Orthodox Church.”

According to the agenda for the 29th session of the Cetinje City Council published on the site of the city administration, the Council will discuss the “civic initiative for the return of the Cetinje Monastery to the Montenegrin Orthodox Church.”

Despite the wording of the agenda, note that Cetinje Monastery has at no time been under the control of the schismatic Montenegrin group (MOC), which was created only in the 1990s, but has always been under the jurisdiction of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The MOC is currently headed by Miraš Dedeić, who was originally a priest of the Serbian Church, but was defrocked due to moral failings. He was sheltered by the Patriarchate of Constantinople and sent to Rome, where he was suspended by Constantinople for adultery, embezzlement, and creating a separate Serbian community within his Greek parish.

He was then tonsured as a monk and elevated to the rank of archimandrite by the schismatic “Macedonian Orthodox Church” and consecrated as a bishop by the schismatic “Bulgarian Alternative Orthodox Church,” after which he took over the “Montenegrin Orthodox Church.”

In 1997, he was excommunicated by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Cetinje was the site of unrest over the weekend, as the Serbian Church enthroned His Eminence Joanikije as Metropolitan of Montenegro at the monastery in Cetinje, the ancient capital of Montenegro. Schismatics and nationalists violently protested the event, claiming it is an insult and attack on the Montenegrin ethnicity, despite the fact that Met. Joanikije himself was born and raised and has carried out his entire Church ministry in Montenegro.

Unsurprisingly, several representatives of the Ukrainian schismatics have spoken out in favor of their fellow schismatics in Montenegro. The same spirit of nationalism and sectarianism has led to the violent seizure of hundreds of churches in Ukraine, and attempts by authorities to seize monasteries from the Church, as has been discussed several times concerning the Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra, for instance.

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