Montenegro Will Seek Independence from the Serbian Orthodox Church

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The leadership of Montenegro will try to obtain the independence of the Montenegro church from the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC), said the president of the republic Milo Đukanović.

The vast majority of the orthodox believers of Montenegro are parishioners of the SOC – Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, the Eparchy of Budimlja and Nikšić, and the Eparchy of Zahumlje and Herzegovina. The self-proclaimed Montenegro “patriarch” Miraš Dedeić, previously deprived of dignity in the SOC, is at the head of the unrecognised Montenegro Orthodox Church. His followers possess several parishes in the central part of the country.

The authorities of the republic headed by president Đukanović are in favour of a multi-national and multi-religious secular state and are in sharp disagreement with the SOC and Metropolitan Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije personally, denying the Serbian and orthodox element of national ideology.

“Of course, the state must give it (Montenegro Orthodox Church) help. I have said many times that for me personally a certainty is the historical autocephaly of the Montenegro Orthodox Church. I understand that the circumstances that preceded its abolition were the same ones that we cancelled via the decision of May 21st, 2006 (a referendum on an exit from the Union State with Serbia)”

said Đukanović on national television

According to Đukanović, the confessional question should not be completely entrusted to the state, therefore the unrecognised Montenegro Orthodox Church has to “do much more for its own organisation and for raising its authority among the local population and the international public”.

“I consider that for the benefit of the future of Montenegro and its stability, which the church can considerably contribute to, it is necessary to continue work on the systematic, fundamental, and democratically reasonable updating of the autocephalous Montenegro Orthodox Church, and I think that the state bears responsibility for this, it is involved in this and, in any case, will help with the successful implementation of this affair”

stressed the president of Montenegro

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