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    • J. Seaman
    • 15.01.06 | 11:18 (IST)

    It's about time this issue was fully explored. The silence of the Catholic Church was revolting enough but their support for the Ustasha was beyond the pale. The leading Catholic Croatian official, who blessed the Ustasha regime, Archbishop Stepinac, was elevated by the Catholic Church and turned into a hero when he was tried for his crimes in Yugoslavia after the war and rightfully imprisoned. Frankly, he deserved to hang. There is no question that the Catholic Church supported the Ustasha--the most revolting of all the fascist and pro-Nazi movements in WWII. The Phalange of the Balkans. They disgusted even the Germans. Yet Croatian crimes were covered up for too long simply because Yugoslavia was communist. If the Catholic Church is sincere in its efforts to abandon millenia of anti-Semitism, then the Church must admit their criminal collaboration with the Ustasha and ending their idolizing of pro-Ustasha Croatian Catholics like Stepinac.

    from the article: Tied up in the Rat Lines
    First published 00:00 15.01.06 | Last updated 00:00 15.01.06
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