Croats and Serbs studying life of Cardinal Stepinac fail to reach consensus

(Catholic Herald) A commission of Croatian and Serbian experts studying Blessed Alojzije Stepinac’s life said they were unable to reach a conclusion on questions regarding the controversial martyr’s history.

Although the work allowed for “a better understanding,” the commission said that aspects of the cardinal’s life “are still subject to various interpretations”.

“In the case of Cardinal Stepinac, the prevalent interpretations given by Catholic Croats and Orthodox Serbs remain divergent,” said a message written by the commission and released by the Vatican on Thursday.

While Cardinal Stepinac remains a national hero for Croats, he is still considered a highly controversial figure for Serbian Orthodox and some Jewish groups, who have accused him of being a Nazi sympathiser.

The commission, which held its sixth and final meeting on July 12-13, is made up of representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church in Croatia and the Vatican. It was created at the request of Pope Francis. [More]

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