The statement that yesterday at 17 p.m. the door of the church of St. Righteous Ivan Crnojević in Lovćenska Street in Cetinje was broken is incorrect, which can be easily verified by looking at the footage from the security cameras, it was announced today from the cabinet, according to the Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan Boris of Montenegro.
Metropolitan of the Montenegrin Orthodox Church (CPC) Mihailo previously filed criminal charges against several people suspected of breaking the doors of the Church of Saint Ivan Crnojević in Lovćenska Street in Cetinje.
In yesterday's press release of the CPC, signed by Mihailo, it is stated that "the breaking of the door and forced entry into the church was carried out at the urging of Vicar Bishop Boris (Bojan Bojović), priest Stefan Marković".
"We invite people who take advantage of retired Metropolitan Mihailo's advanced years and expose him to daily outbursts that do not seem to stop deceiving both the public and him. Because after retired Metropolitan Mihailo signed a statement to which he has no right and which they serve to him, in which it is stated that yesterday at around 17 p.m. the door of the church of St. Righteous Ivan Crnojević in Lovćenska Street in Cetinje was broken, and they accuse the Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan Boris of Montenegro and the priest Stefan Marković of this, we are forced to inform the Montenegrin public about the facts," emphasized today's press release from Borisov cabinet.
The announcement adds that the police officers also determined that the church was not raided, after the alleged false reporting.
"The only truth is that Duško Glendža and his brother-in-law Ratko Timotijević entered the church of St. Righteous Ivan Crnojević in Cetinje yesterday around 13.30:XNUMX p.m., without permission and without the consent of the church elder, which can also be verified by looking at the security camera footage. Also for the sake of the public, we must and point out that after unauthorized entry, Glendža and Timotijević changed the lock and thus prevented priests and believers from using the church. We must also add that on Saturday, priest Stefan Marković delivered a key to the church to the now retired Metropolitan Mihail at his request. We invite the retired Metropolitan Mihaila to refrain from such unauthorized acts in the future, because in this way he does not bring unrest among the believers of the Montenegrin Orthodox Church and violates the canons. We also invite him to influence his friend Glendža to return the old lock to the church door, so that the priests can carry out prayers together with the faithful," reads a statement from Boris's cabinet.
It is also added that the recordings from the security cameras have been handed over to the Cetinje police, and they are invited to inform the public of the facts and the truth that can be determined by looking at those recordings.
"This is not the only attack on the clergy and the property of all of us in the CPC, namely, the priest in Podgorica, Neđeljko Furtula, is being tried to be thrown out of the church house with his wife and two minor children onto the street. Without grounds, because the retired Metropolitan no longer has any authority or formal possibility to bring any decisions. He can, in Christian love, first of all, accept our invitation to serve the holy liturgy together on Sunday in Cetinje in the church of St. John and to enable priests and believers to offer their prayers to God without any problems. Everyone is invited to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord together." , concluded in a press release from Boris's cabinet.
Last Sunday, September 4, the CPC bishop Boris Bojović was declared the metropolitan of that church at a public gathering in Cetinje, which was called the "General Montenegrin Assembly".
Metropolitan Mihailo called that gathering a "failed political rally" that has "neither legitimacy nor legality."
In the past months, serious accusations were exchanged between Boris and Mihailo, mostly related to alleged financial malfeasance, but also to disobeying the rules of monastic life...