The Conscience of Croatia

New Oxford Review, November 2009

5 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2012

See all articles by Ronald J. Rychlak

Ronald J. Rychlak

University of Mississippi, School of Law; Ave Maria Law School

Date Written: November 1, 2009


This is a review of the facts regarding Croatian Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac's resistance to the Nazis and the Ustashe during WWII and his prosecution/imprisonment by the communists in Yugoslavia following the war. Croatia came out from under communist control in 1992. Documents related to his trial prove that Stepinac was a strong opponent of the Ustashe, and that he was framed by Tito’s communist regime. The proceedings reveal how the communists distorted the record and manufactured evidence to cast the Catholic Church and her leaders in a bad light. Communist-manufactured evidence designed to prosecute Stepinac has made its way into the case against Pius XII.

Keywords: Cardinal Stepinac, Tito, Ustashe, Pavelic, Nazis, Pope Pius XII

Suggested Citation

Rychlak, Ronald J., The Conscience of Croatia (November 1, 2009). New Oxford Review, November 2009. Available at SSRN:

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Ave Maria Law School ( email )

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