The silent cry of Bosnian Catholics

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In Bosnia-Herzegovina, despite the signing of the Dayton peace accords in 1995, the situation of the Catholic minority has deteriorated, while it is caught between Orthodox and Muslims, neither the international community nor Europe deigns to lift the little finger.

In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (AED), Mgr. Franjo Komarica, bishop of Banja Luka, discusses the situation in his country, which has not changed since the end of the war in Bosnia in 1995.

The bishop recently called his country “Absurdistan” or an impossible state. He explains: “It’s not the fault of the locals, who haven’t lived together here since yesterday. The international community, and in particular the Europeans, allowed a proxy war to be waged here from 1992 to 1995. Since the end of the war, Bosnia and Herzegovina is still a provisional country, where the status quo prevails.

Since the Dayton peace accords, which were supposed to end the war and establish peaceful coexistence between the various ethnic groups in the region, a senior international representative has in fact occupied the highest political post in Bosnia and Herzegovina, explains the prelate. “But if, since 1995, this function has been occupied by its eighth incumbent, it has not transformed the country into a rule of law,” he laments.

Recall that Bosnia and Herzegovina is now a multiethnic federal state with three constituent peoples, Serbs, Bosnians and Croats, and two entities: the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

However, the Serbian Republic of Bosnia is under the influence of the Russian Orthodox, while the Federation is under the influence of Turkey and therefore of the Islamic world. The predominantly Catholic Croats, for their part, “are dying out,” warns the bishop of Banja Luka.

Catholics are persecuted at all levels, underlines the prelate: “politically, socially and also economically. Often, Catholics run into problems because they have a Croatian name. It is also difficult for them to find work. There is still a part of the country, Western Herzegovina, where they can more or less live. But here too, Catholics prefer to emigrate.

It is certain that in eastern Bosnia, where Islam reigns supreme, cohabitation is no longer possible.

Once again, Catholics seem to have paid the price for the 1995 peace accords: “the agreement stipulated that Bosnia and Herzegovina and the international community were to provide political, legal and material support to those who wished to return to their country. . This was not the case for the Croats ”, declared Mgr Komarica, documents support him.

There is therefore no need to go to the Middle East to find persecuted Catholics, since they are already at our gates: “if there is a Church in Europe in distress, it is ours. In my bishopric of Banja Luka, 95% of the ecclesiastical buildings were destroyed or seriously damaged during the war ”, declared the prelate with resignation, concluding the interview.

A situation all the more distressing as at the same time the European Community, blinded, promotes the LGBT agenda, when it does not allow itself to be seduced by the sirens of modern Islam, affirming with the Council of Europe that ” beauty is in diversity as freedom is in the hijab.

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