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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

SPC Brings “Ecclesiastical Charges” against Schismatical MPC Archbishop

00 Archbishop Jovan in Prison. 06.12

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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

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

SPC Denied that the RCs Invited Patriarch Irinej to Vatican

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In a statement released late on Tuesday on the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) official website, Bishop Irinej Bulović of Bačka said they’re only publicly discussing this topic “because (Catholic) Bishop of Zrenjanin Ladislav Nemet in his statement in the Novi Sad daily Dnevnik misrepresented a meeting between a delegation of the SPC and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican secretary for relations with other countries”. Bishop Irinej said that the government invited Mamberti to Serbia, and that, “as a sign of respect towards the majority (Orthodox) Church and its head, Mamberti’s visit included a courtesy meeting with Serbian Patriarch Irinej and the Holy Synod, on 30 June, at the Patriarchate in Belgrade. In a friendly informal discussion, both sides emphasised the need for further improvement of relations and coöperation between the two churches. They also discussed the need and usefulness of bilateral meetings on high and highest levels, but Mamberti didn’t deliver any historic invitation from Pope Francisco to the Patriarch and members of the Holy Synod to visit the Vatican”.

He added, “Only the bishop of Zrenjanin knows how it is that Patriarch Irinej and members of the Holy Synod agreed to visit the Vatican… and what kind of diplomatic negotiations on ways to organise this visit” are now going on… something that Nemet also spoke about. According to Bishop Irinej, Nemet consistently demonstrates “his obsessive need to deal with the SPC and lecture it”. He added that the likely real purpose of Nemet’s “excursion” was to inflict yet another insult to the SPC, its leader, and the entire Serb nation… “by comparing us to kindergarten children that do everything out of spite. In any case, dialogue and cooperation amongst the churches won’t be called into question because of the sensationalist public statements of Bishop Nemet, that are counterproductive exactly to what he verbally and formally stands for. At the same time, he’s obviously not aware of the danger of excluding himself for a long time, perhaps permanently, from the dialogue that is ongoing despite the many challenges and obstacles”.

13 August 2014

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Archbishop Jovan Vraniskovski of Ohrid Remains in Prison

00 Archbishop Jovan in Prison. 06.12

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On Thursday, Macedonian media reported that the Macedonian Appellate Court confirmed the first instance ruling against Archbishop Jovan Vraniškovski of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje. He’s serving a three-year prison sentence on charges of embezzling 250,000 Euros (11.85 million Roubles. 339,000 USD. 363,000 CAD. 360,000 AUD. 198,000 UK Pounds). The Appellate Court also confirmed the probation for 18 followers of Archbishop Jovan, including his mother and sister, on charges of aiding the embezzlement. Previously, the second instance court denied Metropolitan Jovan’s appeal as unfounded and found him guilty of embezzlement of funds that he used to purchase land in Ohrid during his mandate as a bishop of the non-recognised Macedonian Orthodox Church (MPC). Macedonian media reports stated that the Appellate Court’s decision is crucial for further talks with the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) on canonical recognition of the MPC. A court in Skopje sentenced Archbishop Jovan on 2 July 2013 to three years of imprisonment and he appealed the decision in November. In keeping with the ruling of the Skopje Criminal Court, the authorities seized 4.9 million MKD (3.78 million Roubles. 108,000 USD. 116,000 CAD. 115,000 AUD. 80,000 Euros. 63,000 UK Pounds) from the bank account of the Association for Enhancement of Civil and Religious Freedoms in the village of Nizepolje near Bitola to the benefit the canonically non-recognised MPC, the damaged party. Archbishop Jovan said in the appeal that the ruling is discriminatory and was political, adding that the verdict is also unclear and lacked a single piece of tangible evidence backing it. The appeal Archbishop Jovan filed in the Skopje Appellate Court stated that the Macedonian authorities persecute the Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid in various ways, even though 12 years have passed since its establishment, adding that the government denied request of the Archdiocese to have formal registration, whereby it’d be a legitimate religious organisation, to this day.

Since 2003, Macedonian authorities arrested Archbishop Jovan six times, on different charges, including public disorder when he tried to conduct a baptism in a church the MPC sees as its own. The authorities also charged him with “inciting ethnic and religious hatred” for having “slandered the MPC” and he spent a total of almost 18 months in prison. Then, the Veles Basic Court sentenced him to 2.5 years of imprisonment for alleged tax evasion in the period during his mandate as a MPC bishop. His last arrest was on 12 December 2011, upon entering Macedonia from Greece, on charges of embezzling 250,000 Euros. He returned to the country to request a retrial, but the authorities arrest him and took him to Idrizovo prison near Skopje, where he’s still being held. His defence team said that he’s detained under very difficult conditions.

The MPC is canonically non-recognised, and the SPC considers it schismatic since it declared autocephaly unilaterally in 1967. The MPC defrocked Bishop Jovan, but the SPC appointed him as Serbian exarch in Macedonia, leader of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid. The SPC believes Archbishop Jovan is a victim of rigged political trials because of his being against the schism, whilst Amnesty International and Freedom House said that he’s a prisoner of conscience.

18 July 2014

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Editor:

Archbishop Jovan’s persecution is due to American pressure, full stop. The main opponent of Serbia (and Russia) in the government at present is Joe Biden, whose mentor was an unrepentant Croat Ustaše RC priest. Close behind him is John McCain, who hates Russia for the fact that a Soviet SAM shot him down (McCain was a reckless cowboy who disregarded all prudent advice from seasoned combat vets… he paid the price). In light of the American government’s nasty war against Serbian and Russian Orthodoxy, Orthodox people have to really think twice about serving the USA (we shouldn’t obstruct the US government, refuse to pay taxes, or any such other unhinged shit… all that’d do is land you in prison)… ergo, Lyonyo is a traitor for being part of the CFR… Potapov is a traitor for being part of Radio Liberty… Paffhausen is a traitor for his incestuous ties to most of the rightwing stink-tanks on K Street. Have a care, the times are evil… Archbishop Jovan’s persecution is proof of that.

BMD

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

SPC Sends Letter to Vatican Protesting Canonisation of Fascist Beast Stepinac

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Archbishop Alojzije Viktor Stepinac (1898-1960), supporter of the Croatian Ustaše massacre of Serbian Orthodox in World War II (shown here with Ante Pavelić, the Nazi collaborationist ruler of Croatia). If Rome wishes to be our friend, they must remove this thug from the list of saints.

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The newspaper Politika wrote that the SPC gave a letter explaining its position regarding Alojzije Stepinac’s canonisation to Dominique Mamberti, Secretary of the Holy See for Relations with States, who was in Serbia. However, the message’s content remains unknown, but the newspaper noted that the SPC “undoubtedly doesn’t view favourably announcements that Stepinac could become a saint”. Mamberti will also take with him to the Vatican a letter from the Serbian president on the same subject. In an interview for Politika published on Sunday, SPC Patriarch Irinej Gavrilović said that Vatican announcements that they could canonise Stepinac by the end of the year came as “a great surprise” for the SPC… “In order for someone to be a saint, they must be a truly shining and holy personality and be accepted as such by other Christians”. Stepinac was a World War II-era Croatian Catholic cardinal, convicted after the war by the SFRY for collaboration with the fascist Independent State of Croatia (NDH)The NDH operated death camps during the war that were the sites of mass murder of Serbs, Jews, and Roma.

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Editor:

So much for Frankie Bag o’ Donuts and his smiling face. He supports the murderous Uniate pigs in the Ukraine, and, now, this. Stepinac said:

All in all, Croats and Serbs are of two worlds, north pole and south pole, never will they be able to get together unless by a miracle of God. The Schism is the greatest curse in Europe, almost greater than Protestantism. Here there is no moral, no principles, no truth, no justice, no honesty.

Note the toxic hatred of Orthodoxy, unconcealed, open, and unashamedly stated. His later supposedly anti-Nazi statements came at a time when Germany was obviously losing the war… I believe that they were opportunistic bullshit. The above is what he truly believed… it’s why he winked at the Ustaša massacres of Orthodox. Frankie Bag o’ Donuts has the right ideas on social justice (he shares many positions with HH, by the way… both HH and Frankie oppose the slobbering ignoranus “Christian” rightwing), but his rancid views on Orthodoxy, as shown by his actions, lead me to conclude that he is an enemy of Orthodoxy in general, and Russian Orthodoxy in particular (note well how Frankie treats his lapdog EP pals).

One last thing… the mentor of the rancidly Russophobic Joe Biden was a rabidly pro-Nazi Croatian Catholic priest… fancy that. One wonders if he told little Joe about the pleasant goings-on at Jasenovac and how its commandant was a former Franciscan. Just sayin’…

2 July 2014

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