Flabbergasted, but not totally. Let's face Croatia isn't exactly known for its strong refutation of nazism and its own nazi past. Still, a memorial mass for a Ustasha mass murderer. How, I wonder, does the Church justify this let alone anybody else.
I might add there wasn't just one mass, but two and at two different Roman Catholic churches. These masses honored Ante Pavelic, under whose regime during World War II, hundreds of thousands of Serbs, as well as Jewish and Roma civilians, were imprisoned and murdered in Croatian death camps.
Perhaps, we should do well to remember that Catholic priests and the Catholic Church in Croatia were not only supportive but were a backbone of the Nazi Ustasha movementj.
We might also take note of the fact, as reported by the JTA,"John Paul II beautified the local Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac who hailed Pavelic. The Present Pope kneeled and prayed in front of the wax corpse of the beautified bishop during his visit to Croatia 4th of June 2011."
Makes you want to vomit.
Hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, gypsies (Roma) and anti-Fascist Croats died in concentration camps while Ante Pavelic (picture) was in power.
The following is from Searchlight Magazine.
- Published on Thursday, 05 January 2012 00:46
- Written by Efraim Zuroff