Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cardinal Puljic of Sarajevo faces eviction after "Kangaroo Court" decision

Vinko Cardinal Puljic of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

This post has been updated.  Go to the bottom:

Croatian Catholics in Bosnia-Herzegovina face continued persecution.  The exodus of Croats from that region has been a concern for the Holy See... fewer Croats in BiH = fewer Catholics.  I can't imagine why they would flee to neighboring Croatia where kangaroo courts aren't making goofy decisions like this one.  From Catholic Culture.  Emphases mine in bold; my comments bracketed in red.
A court in Bosnia-Herzegovina has demanded that Cardinal Vinko Puljic vacate his residence, saying that the property belongs to the family of a former member of the Yugoslavian secret police [which took property from... everyone else, including the Catholic Church].

“They can enter over my dead body,” the defiant cardinal announced.

The residence in the center of Sarajevo had been the property of the Catholic Church since it was built in 1895 [there you have it], but the former Communist authorities took possession, reserving one apartment within the building for a secret-police officer. During the war that followed the collapse of the Yugoslavian Communist regime, the officer fled, leaving behind a cache of surveillance equipment.

The secret police in Communist-era Yugoslavia were known for their hostility to the Catholic Church [d'ya think there are elements of that era left within "the system"?]. There is evidence that the equipment left in the officer’s apartment had been used to spy on leading priests of the Sarajevo archdiocese. Some bugs were discovered in the cardinal’s bedroom [nice].

The Episcopal conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina condemned the court’s ruling, saying that it was “the culmination of a long practice of rulings against individuals and institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

This is deserving of the Kangaroo Court award:

It seems the eviction date, which was set for November 17th, has been postponed to December 13th.

Te Deum Laudamus! Home
The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!
Note: The recommended links below are automatically generated by the tool, so they are not necessarily related content.