„Representatives of the Srpska Lista in Kosovo and Metohija hurried to throw a stone at our Bishop Teodosije who carries a cross for his people but none of them moved a finger to help Decani Monastery in the problem with the illegal road construction. International representatives care more about the problems we are facing than them. Whom do they actually represent?“ the Abbot of Visoki Decani Monastery Sava Janjic posted during the weekend via social network.
Srpska Lista reacted, accusing the Bishop of “throwing stones” at the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who “did more for the churches and monasteries in Kosovo than any other Serb representative“. They further accused the Bishop of attacking his own state, without even trying to talk to Srpska Lista about these issues.
„Now it’s completely clear to us with whom, unfortunately, he did talk to. We now completely understand why you have been silent about everything we did while fighting to stop the construction of the road next to the Decani Monastery,“ Srpska Lista officials underlined.
The Srpska Lista leadership last week criticized the clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo – from Belgrade television studios, after Bishop Teodosije’s appeal against the partition and exchange of territories in Kosovo, and warnings that such a solution would lead to an exodus of Kosovo Serbs.
“Those appeals are written by those with both Kosovo and Serbian ID cards, but it would not surprise me even if they are the holders of Kosovo independence sponsor countries’ IDs,“ said Srpska Lista chief Goran Rakic to RTS last week.
„Let us live down there with our families and decide on our lives together with our homeland and President Vucic,“ he emphasized.
The Kosovo Minister for Communities and Return Dalibor Jevtic claimed that while he “loves and respects the Bishop”, this is not the time when “one should comment on what we are not sufficiently familiar with”.
Kosovo’s partition is not a political issue for us but it decides on our destiny, it was said again on Sunday by the Eparchy. It expressed disappointment with „an avalanche of unnecessary harsh reactions and condemnations“ that followed the Bishop’s appeal against the partition. The Bishop emphasised that the Eparchy was entirely aware and deeply grateful for all the support Kosovo Serbs and the church have received from the Serbian people in the past 20 years.
The Visoki Decani Monastery has been under UNESCO protection since 2005. Since 1999, it has been under military protection due to four armed attacks that have since occurred in the monastery and attempted terrorist attacks in 2016 by a group of armed Kosovo Islamists. The Visoki Decani Monastery dates back to the first half of the 14th century and is one of the most important cultural and historical religious heritage sites of the Christian civilization and the Serbian people.
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