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Current News Commentary - April 2013
Vasilije Kacavenda, the bishop of Tuzla and Zvornik in Bosnia-Herzegovina, retreated from his clerical duties months ago as allegations mounted that he had used his position for years to stage frequent orgies and rape underage boys and girls.
Jovanovic says Kacavenda
personally appealed to him to supply young children for sexual purposes and frequently called on high-ranking church officials to organize trysts with young theological students.
The Tablet - The martyr complex of the Serbs
This kind of talk was extraordinarily refreshing after meeting Bishop Vasilije Kacavenda of Tuzla and Zvornik, who had abandoned his diocesan seat in Tuzla and been branded a war criminal by the Muslims of the town.
Even the Serbs of Tuzla did not want him back, so he had built himself a new palace in Serb-controlled Bijeljina.
He blamed the United States for starting the Yugoslav wars and then suggested that Britain would soon be doing its own ethnic cleansing of coloured minorities.
has no reason to fear much opposition from a Church manned by this sort of person.
has used the debased and cruder parts of the nation?s religious myth, taking from it just as much as he
needed to keep his
people fighting and believing they were victims surrounded by enemies.
Reconciliation 'distant' 10 years after Bosnian massacre
The Serbian Orthodox Church said that Orthodox Bishop Vasilije Kacavenda had been subjected to 'repulsive and inappropriate defamatory attacks' in the Bosnian media after announcing he was to take part in the separate ceremony.
In a statement, it said the fact that the bishop was to perform a service for 'innocent Serbs' who perished did not mean he
did not regret other 'innocent victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina'. 'The church firmly condemns all crimes and reminds that no crime can be justified by the misfortunes others inflict upon us,' the Orthodox communique said.
Various items that only can be called This-n-That
ELCA military chaplain Michael T. Lembke worked with Bosnian chaplains and Bishop Vasilije Kacavenda in Tuzla, Bosnia, in 2001.
Newly elected Serbian Patriarch Irinej ...
Newly elected Serbian Patriarch Irinej Gavrilovic, left, leaves the Congregational church accompanied by Bishop Vasilije Kacavenda, Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.
Gavrilovic has been elected as the new patriarch.
Irinej, 80, was picked Friday in a lottery-like draw among ...