October 3, 2012 | 09:03
SPC condemns possible removal of church in Kosovo
GRAČANICA -- The Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Raška-Prizren Eparchy
opposed on Tuesday the removal of an unfinished church in Priština.
The eparchy also opposed its turning into a memorial museum of Kosovo
Albanians, underlining that this constituted an open call for
discrimination and continued destruction of the Serb heritage in Kosovo.
The eparchy voiced concern over "the relentless campaign by Kosovo
hard-line media aimed at turning the Cathedral Church of Christ the
Savior into a memorial museum of Kosovo Albanians or removing it
The Raška-Prizren Eparchy strongly condemns the ideas that could be
heard at the recent meeting of the Senate of the Kosovo University in
Priština, as an attempt to infringe not only on the property rights of
the SPC, which in the early 1990s obtained a building permit for this
church in centre of Priština in keeping with the law, but most
importantly on religious rights and freedoms of the Serb Orthodox
population in Kosovo.
"At a time, when in the centre of Priština, in the vicinity of the
Church, a huge Roman Catholic Cathedral has been built, and works on one
of the largest mosque in the Balkans are being planned, the intention to
destroy or desecrate the unfinished Cathedral Church of Christ the
Savior in the vicinity of the University building constitutes an open
call for discrimination and continuation of the process of destruction
of the Serb spiritual heritage in Kosovo and Metohija," the eparchy said
in a statement.
"The idea that the church should be turned into a memorial museum of
Kosovo Albanians is particularly cynical and immoral, taking into
account that almost the entire Serb population was forced to leave
Priština, so now only around 50 elderly people remained out of 40, 000
Serbs," the eparchy added.
"The calls coming from the circles of the University of Priština for the
destruction of a Christian church in the centre, which has been for
years now used as a landfill and public toilet, send a message to the
world about open intolerance and religious hatred which after the armed
conflict in Kosovo and Metohija led to systematic destruction of 150
Serb Orthodox churches and sacrilege of hundreds of Christian
graveyards," the eparchy noted.