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Hoax or history? The communist smearing of Cardinal Stepinac


Was the controversial Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac a target of decades-long communist smears and disinformation? One researcher of the period says the facts can counter false claims about the beatified cardinal’s wartime record.

“Stepinac was and remains an enormous hero in Croatia today,” Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak told CNA.

“Just about every church you go into there’s a picture or a statue or a painting of Stepinac. He’s truly a national hero over there. And he did stand against the Ustashe. He stood against the communists as well. They imprisoned him.”

Cardinal Stepinac was the Archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 until his death in 1960 at the age of 61.

In Yugoslavia during the Second World War, the pro-Nazi Ustashe movement came to power under leader Ante Pavelic after the Axis occupied the country.

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