How did the Serbian Church Gain Independence in 1879 Cover Image

Како је Cрпска црква добила независност 1879. Године
How did the Serbian Church Gain Independence in 1879

Author(s): Mihailo Vojvodić
Subject(s): History of Church(es), Politics and religion, 19th Century
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd

Summary/Abstract: The struggle for the abolishment of the Turkish rule in Serbia and the establishment of the new independent Serbian state was followed at the same time by the endeavors of the Serbs to liberate their church from the domination of Greek bishops. With the recognition of the state autonomy to Serbia in 1830, the Serbian people acquired the freedom of religion and the possibility of choosing its own bishops. The autonomy of the Serbian Church was recognized by the treaty signed in 1831 between the Serbian Church and the Constantinople Patriarchate. This autonomy remained until 1878 when Serbian state independence was recognized, and it became obvious that the Serbian Church should gain independence too. The Serbian envoy in Constantinople received the instruction of his government in February 1879 to start the negotiations with the Constantinople Patriarchate on the granting of independence. The Patriarchate however raised various conditions that the Serbian Church must fulfill before the independence could be granted. Most of them were rejected by the Serbian envoy, which led to the dragging out of the negotiations. Finally in October 1879 by the Act of the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate the independence of the Serbian Church was recognized under certain conditions that did not question its authority in any way.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 50
  • Page Range: 86-97
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Serbian