The Earth Times website reports today that the leadership of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) is set to remove controversial Kosovo Bishop Artemije from power, after his defiance of the church's orders over the past four years. The SPC Synod met yesterday (February 11, 2010) to discuss Artemije after he refused to cooperate with a commission of bishops sent to investigate financial affairs at the Gracanica monastery, the seat of the Kosovo eparchy, the daily Danas Serbian newspaper said.
"The Synod delegation hinted to Artemije that an administrator may be imposed in the Raska-Kosovo Eparchy," sources from the SPC told the newspaper.
The Synod's session is scheduled to continue on Saturday, February 13, with Artemije invited to attend.
The new head of the SPC, Patriarch Irinej, ordered an investigation this week into allegations that Artemije has interests in a construction company conducting the restoration of Serbian shrines in Kosovo and other deals, radio B92 in Serbia said. If this is true, it would be a conflict of interest on the part of Artemije.