Report to Serbian True Orthodox Church Regarding Recent Meeting with Bp. Aremije of Raska and Prizken

March 13, 2015  (Source:

A Report to the Holy Hierarchical Council of the STOC on a visit and conversation with Bishop Artemije

Your Grace,

For a long time I had the wish and intention to converse with Bishop Artemije as I was interested in his position on True Orthodoxy  and a possible union with the  STOC.  Although  Bishop Artemije is an anti-ecumenist and opposes innovations, there are quite a few unclear things and contradictions in his confession of faith.  To wit, I heard from his believers that they have the same confession of faith as the STOC, while in their actions it can be seen that this is not exactly true.  Bishop Artemije concelebrated with New Calendar schismatics several times and received both help and support from them, meanwhile declaring the Old Calendarists schismatics.  He also allows his faithful to go to services and receive communion in the Serbian Patriarchate even if he considers some if its hierarchy heretics.


Such a modus operandi on the part of Bishop Artemije and the Rashko-Prizren Eparchy in Exile was quite obscure and confusing to me, and thus I wanted to speak with Bishop Artemije in person and see what the matter was all about.  During a conversation with His Grace Bishop Akakije and my brother presbyters, I received a blessing to meet with Bp. Artemije.  The meeting was arranged through Hieromonk Damian.  We agreed to meet and converse during Great Lent 2014 on the Tuesday of the week dedicated to St. John of the Ladder.  That afternoon I arrived at the bishop’s home on Bistrich street in Belgrade where he received me.  Humbly I said to him that we greatly respect their fight and zeal for the Orthodox faith and the traditions of the fathers, and that in good time we should speak about the possibility of union, so that in communion in Truth we could trod the warpath against the pan-heresy of ecumenism and all of the other false teachings which are eating away at our Serbian Church.  This proposition he categorically rejected and decidedly told me that such a thing would be impossible.  His response truly surprised me, as I had expected – considering his declarations about official Orthodoxy – that in the near future such a discourse would be inevitable.  It was for just such a dialogue that I had come to see him, to begin treating this question – taking into account the fact that the Rashko-Prizren Eparchy in Exile was of greater numbers than we, with more parishes, while we on the other hand have been in True Orthodoxy longer and have our apostolic succession from the Russian Church Abroad – together, for the sake of our much-suffering people, we could return True Orthodoxy to Serbia with our united strengths, as has been the case in Russia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and the entire  world.

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