Now this is TRULY disgusting: Roman Catholic Pope intends to canonize a Nazi war criminal

by 1389 on February 21, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), Croatia, Holocaust, Jasenovac, Now this is disgusting!, Roman Catholic Church

Saints are supposed to be examples for us to emulate

As Orthodox Christians, blog admins 1389 and CzechRebel cannot presume to know the fate of anyone else’s soul in the hereafter, including that of Nazi war criminal Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac. One can only hope that he repented before he died. As Christians, we are admonished to pray for our enemies. Thus, it is the sad duty of his kin and of his acquaintances to pray for the repose of his soul.

That said, there is no excuse for Pope Francis even to contemplate canonizing Alojzije Stepinac as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. A saint is held up as an example to emulate. Under no circumstances should anyone emulate the life and deeds of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac.

Ante Pavelic with Alojzije Stepinac
Croatian fascist leader Ante Pavelic awarding the Archbishop A. Stepinac the highest honor (medal shown here in photograph) of the Croatian Nazi state. Stepinac was both an official and an accomplice in the Holocaust in Yugoslavia. The Catholic Church to this day refuses to acknowledge their involvement or the guilt of Stepinac. (Photo courtesy of Marko Rucnov) [source]

inSerbia: Protest to Vatican over intent to declare Alojzije Stepinac saint

ZAGREB – Alen Budaj, an associate of the Jerusalem-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, has said that the countries that are legal successors to the former Yugoslavia, Serbia in particular, must send a strong diplomatic protest to the Vatican over its intention declare Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac a saint.

The Vatican has officially confirmed that Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac will soon be declared a saint.

Immediately upon the entering of the Germans in Zagreb, on April 10, 1941, Stepinac supported the establishment of the Independent State of Croatia (ISC), which was declared a state by the Ustasha (Croatian fascist movement), and in 1945, he fought for the preservation of the regime headed by Ustasha leader Ante Pavelic.

Budaj believes that a protest against sanctifying Stepinac, who took part in the creation and implementation of NDH ideas during World War II, needs to be made even at the cost of breaking off diplomatic relations with the Vatican.

“I hope that the Serbian Orthodox Church will react, since this particular decision made by the Vatican is also undermining the ecumenical relations between the two churches,” Budaj said, stressing that Israel and many Jewish institutions in the territory of the former Yugoslavia should react to this strongly and immediately.

It is not at all surprising that the new Pope Francis is proclaiming Stepinac a saint, as that road was mapped by the Catholic Church in Croatia immediately after the verdict against Stepinac had been delivered, said Budaj, who is also director of the Margel Institute, a Jewish NGO in Zagreb.

On October 11, 1946, Stepinac was found guilty of high treason and war crimes – for his relations with the Croatian Ustasha and collaboration with the occupation forces – and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

In 1951, he was transferred to his native village of Krasic, where he spent the remainder of his life confined to his home parish until his death on February 10, 1960. As a sign of support, the Vatican awarded Stepinac the title of cardinal in 1952.

Budaj pointed out that already during his trial, the West and the Catholic world considered Stepinac to be a martyr and innocent victim of Communist persecution, that Stepinac has been made a cardinal while alive and beatified after death, and is now to be declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

He would be the only saint to receive a high distinction from the Ustasha headman, and that while being the Archbishop of Zagreb, for a merit he earned as a helper of a fascist, criminal regime, Budaj said, adding that a report about it appeared in Narodne Novine, the official mouthpiece of the NDH.

“While Monsignor Svetozar Ritig, prebendary of the Zagreb Chapter (Kaptol), saw in Pavelic an evil in the making as early as in 1929, Stepinac wholeheartedly greeted and served Pavelic. Ritig has no street (named after him) in Zagreb, as he was an anti-fascist, while Stepinac has all the honors as a clerical fascist,” said Budaj.

Budaj said it is no big wonder that Stepinac will be canonized, as the Vatican was recognized as a state by fascist Benito Mussolini’s Lateran Treaty in 1929.

“I do not want to hear about Stepinac’s great merit in ‘saving’ Jews, because he was all the while drawing up in the official Catholic press Pavelic’s racial provisions by which the Jews were taken to concentration camps.

I do not want to hear about his efforts to save certain Serbs, because he was on the Committee of Three in charge of conversions to Catholicism and I do not want to hear about his being a martyr and saint because he left his own Catholic priests to be tortured by the Ustasha in Jasenovac (Ustasha concentration camp) just because they were under suspicion of being opponents of the regime,” Budaj said.

He pointed out that Stepinac never regretted over violent conversion of Serbs into Catholicism or over Jews being forcibly taken to be baptized, even though he knew it would not save them from being taken to the camp.

“He never repented his Catholic ‘baptized souls’ burning Jewish and Serbian churches, plundering around as wild hordes, raping and killing as crusader armies once did across the Holy Land,” Budaj said in an interview for SRNA news agency that was published in Banja Luka-based Nezavisne Novine.

He added that Stepinac knew about it all, but nevertheless bestowed blessings on the NDH and served it, even after its collapse, hiding Ustasha criminals, stolen Jewish gold and Ustasha state archive in the Zagreb Kaptol.

“To me, as a free man, Stepinac will never be a saint, as I am not bound by decisions of the Pope, nor have I lost my mind to believe in that fraudulent alchemy of miraculous transformation of a criminal into a saint,” said Budaj.

There Must Be Justice: Once the Ustasha Archbishop Stepinac is canonized, he becomes officially a Catholic saint

– This is outrageous! I don’t know how come, and about the process, but it’s on Pope Franz to make the right decision – says Efraim Zurof, director of the center “Simon Vizental” [Simon Wiesenthal Center], Jerusalem. Zurof announced addressing a letter of protest to Vatican.

According to Croatian media, Stepinac should be declared a saint by the end of the year , since even the last condition for canonization has been fulfiled – the competent Medical Commission has determined one case of the ‘miraculous healing through the intercession of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac’.
– Stepinac was the supreme military vicar in the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) army, and therefore responsible; he bore the blame for the monstrous crimes of Roman Catholic priests members of Ustasha and Domobran units. He was one of the initiators of the forcible conversion of the Orthodox Serbs. In his letter to Pope Pius XII, to the middle of the 1943, there were about 244,000 Serbs forcibly converted – and these are some of his “merits”, explains Dr. Veljko Djuric Mišina, historian and director of the Museum of Genocide Victims in Belgrade.

Mišina adds that there is not a single traces that Stepinac had ever protested because of the crimes committed against Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) nor against Serbian and Jewish people; He intervened only in few cases, even though he acknowledged what was going on in concentration camps throughout Croatia and Herzegovina, as well as for hundreds of thousands of murdered Serbs, Jews and Gypsies.
– Certain claims (from Croatian and German side mostly) that Stepinac protested and intervened against NAZI Croatia crimes are myth, because not a single of the similar facts have ever been discovered neither in his documents, nor his diary.

After World War II, Tito (Croat) and Bakaric (another Croat) made a backstair deal, so the monstrous Bishop was not tried for crimes against Serbs, Jews and Roma, but for “pronounced anti-communism , hiding treasures and archives of the Ustasha regime and for aiding terrorist groups infiltrated in Yugoslavia.”
Historian Predrag Markovic stressed the danger of perceiving Stepinac a victim of the communist regime, an ordinary priest of the Roman Catholic Church who followed the policy of Pope Pius XII, and didn’t speak out against Holocaust

– We have similar cases in Estonia and Hungary, where under the cloak of rehabilitation of victims of communism, in fact, they rehabilitate Nazi criminals.

Reactions to the initiative of the Vatican:

Efraim Zurof, Center “Vizental” [Wiesenthal Center]

Everyone who has been an associate of Ante Pavelic and supported the policy of the Independent Croatian state should be declared a war criminal, not a saint. As soon as we get all the information, we shall address a letter of protest to the Vatican.

Predrag Markovic, historian

Stepinac was far complexed personality than the majority thinks. He was not a villain, but we can talk about his personal responsibility for what was done to over a million victims of the Independent state of Croatia and Catholic church in Croatia.

Velibor Džomić, Archpriest

It’s their (Catholic) thing who will they declare saint. Like nation, like saint…I believe it is far from the Christian virtues which adorn all these holy men we learn about in Gospels.


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1 Arius February 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm

If the Pope canonizes a supporter of the Nazi Croatians then the Eastern Orthodox should break all relations with the Vatican. This is worse than the disagreement that caused the schism in 1054. This is a Vatican that supports mass murder of the Orthodox.

2 JoseP April 26, 2014 at 4:38 am

I agree with Arius; orthodox countries must be firm and forceful against it; the same when canonnizing Jhon Paul II, which condemned the “liberation theologians” in America, and facilitated the outbreak of wars in Tugoslavia, and the resurrection of Nazism, doing nothing to honor the good priests, but praising criminals as Stepinac

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