Montenegro: Cetinje Monastery kept out of hands of schismatics, finally registered to Orthodox Church

Cetinje, Montenegro, October 26, 2021     

The dispute over the legal rights to Cetinje Monastery in Montenegro has come to an end, with the property finally being properly registered to the Orthodox Church.

The official registration of the monastery to the Montenegrin Metropolis of the Serbian Orthodox Church was delayed for many years. Anti-Serbian Orthodox extremists became more active in recent months, surrounding the enthronement of Vladyka Joanikije as Metropolitan at the monastery, demanding that it be transferred to the city of Cetinje, to then be given to the schismatic “Montenegrin Orthodox Church.”

Local authorities planned to discuss the transfer of the property in September, though the discussion was canceled by order of the state authorities.

And now, according to a press release from the Montenegrin Metropolis last week, the Cadastre and State Property Administration of Montenegro recorded the monastery as Metropolis property, finally bringing its registration in line with the 1996 decision that legally made the monastery Church property.  

The Metropolis expressed its satisfaction with the “lawful and fair decision.”

The Church doesn’t seek any special rights, but “only equality with other churches and religious communities, as well as with all other rights holders,” the press release reads. On the other hand, the extremism and violence seen recently in Montenegro are completely unacceptable, the Church states.

The Cadastre’s fulfillment of the Church’s request is especially important given that “challenging the legitimate and legal rights of the Metropolis of Montenegro and the Littoral has been normalized in Montenegro for many years.”

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