Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Could It Be?

The UN War Crimes Prosecutor for the former Yugoslavia makes a sensational claim:
The Vatican is helping Croatia's most wanted war crimes suspect evade capture, a top UN prosecutor alleges.

Carla del Ponte, chief prosecutor for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, has said she believes Gen Ante Gotovina is hiding in a monastery in Croatia.

Ms del Ponte's spokeswoman told the BBC News website that the Vatican had refused to help in the search for him, despite being in a position to do so....

Forces under Gen Gotovina's command are accused of killing scores of Serbs and expelling up to 200,000 from the Krajina region, now part of Croatia.

Many in Croatia regard him as a national hero....

Ms del Ponte earlier told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph she believed Gen Gotovina was "hiding in a Franciscan monastery and so the Catholic Church is protecting him".

"I have taken this up with the Vatican and the Vatican totally refuses to co-operate with us," she said.

She is quoted as saying the Vatican's Foreign Minister, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, told her it did not know of Gen Gotovina's whereabouts and was not obliged to help her.

The BBC News website contacted Archbishop Lajolo's private secretary, who refused to comment.
The Holy See is said to be prepping a statement.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Sainte Chopin said...

It would'nt be the first time the Vatican protected a war criminal(s). Chile anyone?

20/9/05 12:40  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

And how about post-World War II?

20/9/05 14:08  
Blogger patrick said...

Well, the Vatican is not harboring a war criminal. Allegedly, a Croatian Franciscan monastery is harboring a war criminal and the Vatican is not cooperating with the War Crimes Tribunal. Some thoughts. First, the Vatican is not an arm of law enforcement or the civil justice system at the state or international level. Second, we don't know what the Vatican is doing, if any thing, because they aren't saying. Third, one wonders how much practical control the Holy See even has over the Croatians Franciscans, given that they have a history of not playing ball with the rest of Church. The Vatican might as well be asked to intervene in the internal affairs of the SSPX.

The story makes great copy, but I suspect that the War Crimes Tribunal is trying to make something out of nothing.

20/9/05 15:15  
Blogger Sainte Chopin said...

The Vatican involves itself when IT THINKS ITS NECESSARY. This includes: priests that MIGHT be married, laymen questioning the heirarchy or a Jesuit being non-simpatico with the local ordinary.

Anything else, the Vatican seems to suffer a severe case of apathy when things MIGHT ACTUALLY MATTER.

Re: The SSPX...they [the vatican] likes to keep their problems small and controllable...a unification is not coming in this lifetime.

St. Duarte Costa, ORA PRO NOBIS!!!

20/9/05 21:31  

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