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Serbian Orthodox Church: Pope's two controversial statements

24. June 2011. | 09:43

Source: Emg.rs, Beta

The Serbian Orthodox Church stated on June 23 that, during his visit to Zagreb in May, Pope Benedict XVI also made two controversial statements, about southeastern Europe and about the former archbishop of Zagreb, Alojzije Stepinac.

The Serbian Orthodox Church stated on June 23 that, during his visit to Zagreb in May, Pope Benedict XVI also made two controversial statements, about southeastern Europe and about the former archbishop of Zagreb, Alojzije Stepinac.

In the statement, published on the web-site of the Serbian Orthodox Church, it was said that he made the first controversial statement already on his way to Zagreb, from the plane, in an informal talk with journalists.

"Namely, recollecting some previous bishops of Zagreb, he stated: 'The late Cardinal Franjo Seper, the late Cardinal Franjo Kuharic and Cardinal Josip Bozanic have always said that Croatia is not in the Balkans but in Central Europe, so it would be logical, just and necessary for Croatia to enter the European Union, where it has always belonged in the historic and cultural sense'," it was said in the statement, and added that the Serbian Orthodox Church hoped that the Pope did not have the intention of placing southeastern Europe, also known as the Balkans, somewhere outside of Europe.

As the second controversial statement of the Pope during his visit to Croatia, the Serbian Orthodox Church cited the one about the archbishop of Zagreb during the Second World War, Alojzije Stepinac.

"Although the expectations of many Roman Catholic believers, primarily in Croatia, for Alojzije Stepinac, the archbishop of Zagreb during the Second World War, to be canonized, i.e. recognized as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, an additional controversy and, in our case, a painful dilemma, was caused by the Pope's statement, made also on his way to Zagreb - that Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac was 'against the ustashe regime' and that he had 'defended true mankind against this regime by defending the Serbs, Jews and the Roma'," the Serbian Orthodox Church said.


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25. June 2011. 09:55:59

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It is unfortunate3 that some Serbian Orthodox continue to misunderstand, and even, sadly calunniate Blessed Aloysius Stepinac who saved Jews, Gypsies and Serbs from the murderous Ustashi for whom he had no sympathy. It was to the advantage of Tito and the Communists who controlled the Serbian Orthodox Church to create the false image of Archbishop Stepinac as a fascist collaborator with Hitler, a war criminal, and an enemy of the Serbian people. These falsehoods unfortunately continue whereas the truth is that the Blessed Stepinac was a Catholic prelate who strongly condemned any injustice committed in the name of class, racial or nationalistic theories or which declared any people belonged to an "inferior race". May his memory be eternal!

26. June 2011. 08:27:12

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Notice the non-logic in the previous comment: An atheist Tito,controled Serbian Orthodox Churc? Were you born yesturday? Tito forbid every religion in the region,orthodox,chatolic and muslim.


05. September - 11. September 2011.