Thursday, February 2, 2012

Catholic Bishop Speaks of "Ethnic Cleansing" of Catholics from Bosnia

From Europe News:

Catholic Bishop Speaks of "Ethnic Cleansing" of Catholics from Bosnia

Islam versus Europe 2 February 2012
By Cheradenine Zakalwe
This story is from the German-language section of the Radio Vatican website. It does not appear in the English-language section. 820,000 Christians once lived in Bosnia-Herzegovina – until the start of the 1990s. Then the Balkan wars broke out and now their number has shrunk by almost half, to 460,000 people. The exodus of Catholic Croats from Bosnia-Herzegovina continues without interruption: because of numerous everyday problems, constant tensions and a growing Islamic radicalism. Pero Sudar is suffragan bishop and vicar general of the Archbishophric of Sarajevo:
"The war broke out then because of a lack of tolerance - with the goal of stirring up ethnic divisions. But unfortunately the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accord turned out to be almost a continuation of this ethnic cleansing. Specifically, it authorised the division of Bosnia-Herzegovina into two parts, the Federation and the Serb Republic. As a result of the Dayton Accord the Croats see no other option but to leave the country. They no longer have the political strength that could have led them to stay despite the difficulties. A small Catholic community there has opted for self-dissolution."

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