Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac Was No Saint

by 1389 on June 17, 2011

in 1389 Blog Mailbox, Christianity, Croatia, history, Nazism, Serbia

The title of this blog post is an understatement of truly cosmic proportions.

Animated wooden email box From the 1389 Blog Mailbox:

From: Dr. Michael Pravica
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2011 1:55 AM
Subject: Letter to the Irish Examiner published.

[Unfortunately, the editor removed my comment on the forced conversion of Serbian Orthodox Christians to Roman Catholicism but nevertheless, at least something about this very critical issue was published. MP]

The Irish Examiner
Ireland – Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pope’s grave mistake

AS a Serbian-American who lost some 100 relatives during the genocide of Serbian Orthodox Christians in the “independent” state of Croatia during WWII, I write to protest the visit of Pope Benedict to the tomb of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac.

I also must ask when the Vatican and the Croatian Catholic Church will acknowledge and apologise for their roles in the mass murder and ethnic cleansing of millions of Serbs, Jews, and gypsies. Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, as leader of the Croatian Catholic Church, if nothing else, did not openly condemn this genocide, but silently condoned it. Pope Benedict should not have visited his grave as this will forever drive a wedge between Orthodox Christians and Catholics.

Dr Michael Pravica
Nevada, USA

This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Wednesday, June 08, 2011.

Blog admin 1389 says:

Not being Roman Catholic, I do not ordinarily consider it my place to tell the Roman Catholic Church what to do. But I draw the line at beatifying someone who was, for all intents and purposes, a Nazi war criminal. I ask the Roman Catholic Church to repudiate any association with the Nazi sympathizers and outright Nazis among its hierarchy in Croatia and the Balkans.

Update: Link to an important article by Julia Gorin

Not Every Jew is Ignorant about Croatian Cardinal Stepinac

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