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Initial Demands of the Lawsuit

ШТА ТРАЖЕ ЧЛАНОВИ 

НОВОГРАЧАНИЧКЕ МИТРОПОЛИЈЕ: 

СВЕТОСАВСКУ ЦРКВУ 

А НЕ ЕКУМЕНИСТИЧКУ

СРПСКУ ЦРКВУ А НЕ 

ГЛОБАЛИСТИЧКУ ПРАВОСЛАВЉЕ 

А НЕ КАТОЛИЧЕЊЕ.



THE MEMBERS OF THE 

NEW GRACANICA METROPOLITANATE 

DEMAND:

ST. SAVA TEACHINGS CHURCH, 

NOT ECUMENICAL SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, 

FREE FROM GLOBAL INFLUENCE 

FREE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, 

NOT UNDER VATICAN

 

Потражња предата суду заснована је на необоривим чињеницама:

The Petition submitted to the Court is based upon the following:

 

1. The Diocesan Church Peoples Assembly – SABOR is the supreme legislative body of the Metropolitanate.

 

2. In 1992, the 5th Assembly of the Metropolitanate approved the Transitional Regulations to be in place for a period, not to exceed three years, while the two sides considered reuniting under a common constitution.  

 

3. The Transitional Regulations did not call for or effectuate the transfer of any property owned by the Metropolitanate.  

 

4.  In April of 1998, the Assembly of the Metropolitanate met in 3rd Lake, Illinois, to considered whether to accept a proposed common constitution.

 

5. During the Assembly of April 1998, strong opposition arose concerning provisions which dealt with property belonging to the individual Church Congregations. The Assembly chose not to adopt the proposed common constitution, but did agree to reconvene in 6 months to revisit the issue.

 

6. The Assembly did not reconvene until December of 1999.  Again the proposed common constitution was rejected by the Assembly.

 

7. At the meeting of 1999, the Assembly unanimously agreed that they would only be bound by the 1986 Constitution. 

 

8. At the meeting of the Assembly in 1999, Bishop Longin acknowledged before the assembly that the issue of a new constitution was no longer being considered and that he would continue to live and work according to the provisions of the 1986 Constitution.

 

9. The Assembly has since met in the years 2002 and 2005.  The Assembly did not approve a common constitution at either of these meetings.

 

10. Despite the stated goal of the Transitional Regulations, no common constitution has ever been agreed to by the Metropolitanate.

 

11. According to the 1986 Constitution, only the Assembly of the Metropolitanate has the authority to adopt, extinguish, or amend the Constitution of the Metropolitanate.

 

12. Article 34 of the above stated document is factually inaccurate and is misleading to the public concerning the events taking place during the 1998 meeting of the Metropolitanate Assembly. 

 

In June of 2009, or thereabout, a letter announcing the reorganization of the Metropolitanante was circulated. 

 

On or about July 11, 2009, Biship Longin stated publically that a reorganization of the Metropolitanate had occurred and that it no longer exists.

 

Neither the 1986 Constitution nor the Metropolitanate Assembly has ever authorized such reorganization.

 

The Metropolitanate Assembly did not in April 1998, nor has it at any other time, approved any common constitution.

 

Notwithstanding any proclamations, the Metropolitanate retains the independent and exclusive authority to self-govern and self-organize administratively as pronounced under Transitional Regulations.

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