Complicity of Alois Stepinac, (Roman Catholic) Archbishop of Zagreb, during the terrors of Ante Pavelic's Croatia
- Picture: Gold watches taken from Serbian and Jewish victims found hidden in Stepinac's house in Zagreb
- Picture: Stepinac attending a session of the Ustashi parliament
- "Pope Pius XII and Stepinac always considered him [Pavelic] a practicing Catholic."
- Ante Pavelic found his final refuge in a Roman Catholic Franciscan Monastery (1959)
- "Monasteries are often criminals' abode, and nunneries the slaughter pens of virtue" (1904)
- Ustash loot, etc. discovered in Stepinac's Archbishopric, churches, monaster, etc.
- convicted war criminal (Genocide in Satellite Croatia, p. 204, "in 1946, His Grace Stepinac found himself sentenced to sixteen years of hard labor.82 [82 From article by Henry Benazet in L'Aurore (Paris), March 12, 1953.]) and supporter of the murderous Ante Pavelic and the Ustasha bands
- was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1998
- Archbishop Stepinac High School (opened in 1948) website (stepinac.org) stated (c. January 2013) that Stepinac openly criticized the Nazis and the Ustasha regime, but a quote from the New York Herald Tribune (European edition, February 10, 1960) unequivocally denies that assertion (quote found in Genocide in Satellite Croatia, 1941-1945 by Edmond Paris, p. 279-280; emphases ours)--The death of his [Pavelic's] collaborator, Alois Stepinac, on February 10, 1960, whom Pope Pius XII had made a Cardinal, aroused a powerfully orchestrated concert of lamentation and praise in every Catholic country. International funeral services were held in honor of the "martyr" who was interred in the cathedral at Zagreb.
The man who wrote, in 1941: "Hitler has been sent by God," and who assiduously upheld the Ustashi regime, will, hereafter, wear a halo and be canonized.
However, public opinion is vigilant. Below is the reaction felt by Ernest Lamber from Paris concerning the death of Cardinal Stepinac, which appeared in the New York Herald Tribune (European edition) on Feb. 10th, 1960:It is indeed strange to read (Feb. 10th) that Cardinal Stepinac "defied" the puppet government by attacking German doctrines.
Stepinac NEVER DEFIED the Fascist Croatian Government, known as THE USTASHI, BUT IS RECOGNIZED AS HAVING COLLABORATED WITH THIS REGIME.
The puppet state of Croatia was proclaimed under the egis of Hitler and Mussolini on April 10th, 1941, and on Easter Day, 1941, Archbishop Stepinac announced from his pulpit, in the cathedral of Zagreb, the foundation of this state.
In his pastoral letter of April 28th, 1941, he endorsed the Ustashi regime when he wrote: "knowing the men who today hold the fate of the Croatian people in their hands, we are firmly convinced that our effort is understood and wholeheartedly supported."
Stepinac knew very well that these men were none other than Ante Pavelic and Andrija Artuknovic, the well-known pre-war terrorists. They were PROFITING FROM GERMAN OCCUPATION IN THEIR [our note, "new" as it was Yugoslavia taken over] CROATIAN STATE TO FOUND A HOMOGENIOUS CROATIA from an ethnical and religious standpoint BY MASSACRING Serbs, Jews, Tziganes; 289 Orthodox churches and monasteries were destroyed and burnt, once the women and children had been locked inside. Three bishops and 182 priests were killed.
Stepinac never condemned these multiple crimes. Furthermore, he never dissociated himself from a large part of the clergy who were actively collaborating with the Ustashi regime.
That Stepinac "was threatened with death" is far from being a historical truth. Up until the very end of the Ustashi regime he remained persona grata. Proofs abound. In June 1944, we can see His Grace Stepinac in a photograph which appeared in the Hrvatski Narod newspaper (The Croatian People) No. 1051 of June 4, 1944, blessing the Ustashi military units. In 1944, His Grace was decorated with the highest Ustashi distinction, accompanied by the most eloquent praise, "having, as Archbishop, denounced the rebels on the territory of the Croatian state [our note: Remember the country was Yugoslavia. Collaborating with this newly proclaimed state of Croatia was an act of treason (see Genocide pages, 55 and 205 with foldout)], not only in the country but in foreign lands." And those rebels were the ones who had been proscribed [condemned and denounced] by the Nazi doctrines, and who were struggling, weapons in hand, AGAINST the Nazi and Facist [sic] oppressors...."
PICTURE: GOLD WATCHES TAKEN FROM SERBIAN AND JEWISH VICTIMS
FOUND HIDDEN IN STEPINAC'S HOUSE IN ZAGREB
PICTURE: STEPINAC ATTENDING A SESSION
OF THE USTASHI PARLIAMENT
[Page 194 of Genocide in Satellite Croatia, read, "With rare impudence, an effort was made to prove that the Archbishop of Zagreb rose up against the crimes committed under the Pavelic regime. But it suffices to check the dates in order to establish the facts...."]
"POPE PIUS XII AND STEPINAC ALWAYS CONSIDERED HIM [PAVELIC] A PRACTICING CATHOLIC."
The following is an excerpt from Genocide in Satellite Croatia, page 218--It is undeniable that Pavelic up until his death was protected by the Vatican and that even on his deathbed he received the papal blessing. Pope Pius XII and Stepinac ALWAYS considered him a practicing Catholic. Therefore he and his Ustashi were protected and are still being protected by the Vatican, because of their devotion to the Roman Catholic Church, despite the odious crimes they committed.
ANTE PAVELIC FOUND HIS FINAL REFUGE
IN A ROMAN CATHOLIC FRANCISCAN MONASTERY
Quote from Genocide in Croatia, page 278, "Ante Pavelic died December 26, 1959 in Madrid where he had found refuge in a Franciscan monastery after his return from Argentina. The Holy See still continued protecting this 'unpunished massacrer,' which accounts for his spending his last days in peace among the 'Brothers' of those who, heretofore, had given him precious help in exterminating the Orthodox Serbs, an item which the pious press felt it might be inopportune to recall."
Pavelic finding refuge in a Roman Catholic monastery is reminiscent of the words of former Roman Catholic priest Bernard Fresenborg...see below...
"MONASTERIES ARE OFTEN CRIMINALS' ABODE,
AND NUNNERIES THE SLAUGHTER PENS OF VIRTUE"
The following excerpt comes from chapter 8 of Thirty Years in Hell by Bernard Fresenborg (this was published back in 1904--read it and fast forward to the Vatican ratlines and Ante Pavelic finding refuge in a Franciscan monastery)--Chapter VIII. Monasteries Are Often the Abode of Criminals, and Nunneries the Slaughter Pens of Virtue.
When I was living beneath the folds of the black banner of Catholicism, I sincerely and devoutly believed that to shield a Catholic criminal was a righteous and Godly calling, as I believed that to prevent the civil law from taking hold of the criminal career of a Catholic official, for his shortcomings, was but an act of Godly justice.
I also believed that anything that was done 'between the walls of a Nunnery was sanctified by the approval of those who were higher in authority in the Catholic Church than myself; therefore, the things which I now realize are both criminal and immoral, as well as utterly detestable, I at one time considered righteous, simply because my education had been confined to the narrow channels of bigotry, and the effulgency of Biblical knowledge had never penetrated my Romish-inspired perceptibilities.
I believe that I, will make many assertions in this chapter that have never been made before, but there will not be an assertion made but what is true; however, there will be many that will arise from the trenches of Catholicism, to denounce the truthfulness of them, but I know whereof I speak, and I defy any mortal man to successfully dispute what I may state.
This chapter will relate to monasteries and nunneries, which in olden times were called "asylums."
These asylums are used by Catholicism to scuffle criminals of their following into, in defiance of law and justice, as these asylums are notorious among those who are on the inside workings of this creed, as to places where Catholic criminals can be concealed without fear of having the civil law bring them to justice, as these places are a retreat for Catholic criminals who are pursued by the ministers of justice, and where, so long as they remain, they cannot be arrested; but in order to elevate these "asylums" to the plane of religion, they are called by different names which are misnomers, and are only raised to the level of religious institutions to cover up the infamy of their actual missions, as Catholicism has learned that as long as she can throw around and about herself a religious glamour, that she is permitted to go ahead and violate the laws of man without molestation.
The "asylums" of olden times were intended as retreats for those who were persecuted for their religious belief, but the mission of these institutions became useless, under the splendid and godly progress of Protestantism, as Protestantism planted her banner of, enlightenment under the glorious leadership of Martin Luther, and such institutions were done away with, but Catholicism turned these asylums, which were once a protection to the persecuted followers of Christ, and converted them into an abode for Catholic criminals.
USTASHA LOOT, ETC. DISCOVERED IN STEPINAC'S ARCHBISHOPRIC,
CHURCHES, MONASTERY, ETC.
Genocide in Satellite Croatia referring to Pavelic preparing to flee (p. 210), "His Grace Stepinac, in rendering Pavelic one last service, accepted the important dossiers of the Ustashi goverment and all the films and records of the Poglavnik's speeches, as well as the coffers filled with gold, and jewels and watches stolen from the Jews and the Serbs who had been assassinated. These were discovered at the Archbishopric and in the basements of some of the churches, and even under the altar at the monastery. As someone wrote: 'Even the vicarages were used as cantonments, and the churches for storing weapons.'"  [12 Le Monde, December 7, 1951.]
- Croatia picture album (The Ustasha (Croatian nazis) and Roman Catholic hierarchy walked step-in-step)
- Roman Catholic Terror in Croatia: Index of Articles