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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

SPC Brings “Ecclesiastical Charges” against Schismatical MPC Archbishop

00 Archbishop Jovan in Prison. 06.12


On Tuesday, the SPC Holy Synod announced its decision to bring ecclesiastical charges against Archbishop Stefan, the head of the canonically unrecognised Macedonian Orthodox Church (MPC). The Synod issued a statement, “By its inveterate persistence in schism, the MPC participates in the un-Christian persecution of Archbishop Jovan Vraniškovski, the canonically recognised head of the autonomous Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid, its priests, monks, and believers”. At the Holy Assembly in May, the SPC emphasised that it’s ready to start a dialogue “on establishing canonical order, religious peace, and brotherly love with the church in the neighbouring and friendly Macedonia”, stressing that a condition for this is the release of the unjustly imprisoned Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid. The Assembly noted that the arrest of Archbishop Jovan was a result of demands from top MPC figures. The SPC considers the MPC as a schismatical body. It also noted that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Archontonis and Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow also sent the same message to the canonically unrecognised MPC.

In July this year, the Macedonian Appellate Court upheld the first instance ruling sentencing Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje to three years in prison for allegedly embezzling 250,000 Euros (12.4 million Roubles. 2 million Renminbi. 19.8 million INR. 324,000 USD. 356,000 CAD. 357,000 AUD. 200,000 UK Pounds). Archbishop Jovan received a three-year prison sentence on 2 July 2013 in Skopje. He appealed this judgment in November, but the second instance court dismissed the appeal as unfounded. In his submission to the Skopje Appellate Court, Vladyki Jovan stated, “In the 12 years since its establishment, the Macedonian authorities have subjected the Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid to persecution, who deny its application for official registration to this day, which would make it a legal religious organisation”.

Since 2003, Macedonian authorities arrested Archbishop Jovan six times on different charges, including public disorder when he tried to conduct a baptism ceremony in a church the MPC claims as its own. They also charged him with “inciting ethnic and religious hatred” for having “slandered the MPC”, spending a total of almost 18 months in prison. His last arrest was on 12 December 2011, upon entering Macedonia from Greece, on charges of embezzling 250,000 Euros. According to his lawyers, he returned to the country to request a retrial, but they arrested him and threw him in Idrizovo Prison near Skopje, where they still hold him under difficult conditions.

The MPC is canonically unrecognised, and the SPC considered it a schismatical body ever since it declared autocephaly unilaterally in 1967. The MPC defrocked Bishop Jovan when the SPC appointed him as its exarch in Macedonia. The SPC believes Archbishop Jovan to be the victim of rigged political trials because of his opposition to the schism, whilst Amnesty International and Freedom House stated that he’s a prisoner of conscience. Two prominent Macedonian bishops, Timotej and Pimen, publicly requested Vladyki Jovan’s pardon. Unofficially, most MPC bishops would support a pardon, except for Archbishop Stefan and Bishops Petar and Agatangel.

27 August 2014



Saturday, 26 October 2013

Uncanonical Macedonian Orthodox Church Bans Facebook

00 Cracked Facebook Logo. 26.10.13


Editor’s Note:

This “Church” is uncanonical and no legit group considers it one of the Local Churches. It’s a breakaway rebel group like the so-called “Patriarchate of Kiev”. Remember, ALL oddbod groups in the Church (including some factions in the canonical Church) have squiffy attitudes about this or that. If you wish guidance, don’t look at people like James Paffhausen, Victor Potapov, Patrick Reardon, John Whiteford, Gregory Jensen, or Rod Dreher… look at HH, for instance! He LIKES Facebook and encourages his priests to use it. He also allowed his priests to urge their parishioners to vote against the Right in the last election… and they didn’t vote for them! The rightwing candidates, Prokhorov and Zhirinovsky, got only 15 percent of the vote. The Real Church teaches the Truth… the Others teach Something Else… never forget that, it’ll save you much grief. That’s why you must ignore all the rightwing rubbish posted by the konvertsy… it doesn’t reflect HH’s attitude… and that’s that.



On Friday, Metropolitan Timotej Jovanovski of DebarKičevo, a spokesman for the Macedonian Orthodox Church (Ohrid Archbishopric), ordered its priests and nuns not to use Facebook or face unnamed sanctions, saying, “All clergy will face sanctions if they use Facbook”. He didn’t state a reason for the ban, but sources from the church said that they’d “impose it especially on those expressing personal opinions on Facebook”. Local media reported that one of the senior hierarchs, Metropolitan Petar Karevski of Prespa and Pelagonija, suggested the ruling. He defended the move by saying it was meant to “protect (the faithful) from confusion and manipulations”. The ban seemed to show a rift between senior and junior priests, who often use social networks to attract younger generations to the church by offering them religious education and advice. However, some of them also expressed their personal views on the political situation in the country, sometimes, criticising the government.

Although they’re officially separate, the church has gradually increased its influence in state affairs since Macedonia proclaimed independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The MOC (OA) split from the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1967, but no other Local Orthodox Church recognises it. Most of Macedonia’s Christians are Orthodox, making up three-quarters of the country’s population of 2.2 million. Ethnic Albanians make up the remaining quarter, being mostly Muslim.

26 October 2013

Sky News


Saturday, 13 July 2013

Conference of European Churches Demands Release of Orthodox Archbishop Jovan in Macedonia

00 Archbishop Jovan in Prison. 06.12


SIR agency reported that the Conference of European Churches (CEC) stated in a document published the day after its recent assembly (Budapest, 3-8 July), “The detention of Archbishop Jovan Vraniškovski by the authorities of the Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is linked to the fact that he’s exercised his human right of religious freedom”. Archbishop Jovan has been in a Skopje prison since December 2011, without trial or sentence. He faces charges of fuelling inter-religious hatred. Archbishop Jovan returned the Archdiocese of Ohrid to the authority of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC). It’d been part of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, founded in 1967 with a unilateral declaration of autocephaly from the SPC, that is, a schismatic organisation.

According to SIR, this is the Archbishop Jovan’s third arrest. Therefore, the CEC requested the competent UN and EU authorities “to investigate this case carefully”, to verify, firstly, “if the conditions of detention are in conformity with the rules established by the Council of Europe”. In addition, the CEC requested the FYROM government and its Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, “to guarantee a fair trial, and to release the Archbishop immediately” whilst awaiting trial, whose hearings, according to SPC sources, continue to be postponed. The CEC invited European Churches “to unite themselves in prayer and in solidarity” with the Archbishop, and to “send letters of protest to the responsible authorities”.

11 July 2013



Friday, 5 July 2013

Trial Targeting Archbishop Jovan, Bishops, Monastics, and Believers of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric Ended

00 Police handcuffing Abp Jovan. 06.12


In the Court of First Instance Skopje I, in Skopje, a political show-trial targeting Archbishop Jovan Vraniškovski of Ohrid, Bishop Marko Kimev of Bregalnica, Bishop David Ninov of Stobi, monastics, and believers from the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric ended. Undoubtedly, this trial is a case of state persecution on religious grounds. Although the Prokuratura has no evidence for the sentence it proposes, it’s obvious, with an already-determined reached political verdict, that the intent is to sentence the unjustly accused defendants, solely on the grounds of their religious affiliation, in order to confiscate the property of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric for the benefit of the schismatic MOC (Macedonian Orthodox Church). On the other hand, such a confiscation would complicate the position of the unrecognised MOC in the event of future talks for their return to the fullness of the Church! The court is due to deliver its verdict on 2 July 2013.

19 June 2013

Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric


Editor’s Note:

This is the latest news available. The junta persecuting the canonical Orthodox is an American puppet. You can’t trust those who want to ally Orthodoxy with American political factions. This is what the US government does in the Orthosphere… both under Democrats and Republicans. The USA is a rogue nation; it’s out of control… it has to stop. We can do our part by raising our voice…



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