Priest Defends Independent State of Croatia Live on National TV

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During the sermon at the Sunday morning mass broadcast live on public television, priest Luka Prcela defends the Ustasha state.

Priest Luka Prcela, the prior of the Dominican monastery in Split, criticized in today’s sermon President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović for her recent statement that the Independent State of Croatia was criminal. The Sunday morning mass was broadcast live on the Croatian Radio Television, reports Večernji List on May 8, 2016.

“I cannot stand when someone attacks someone for no reason, and I cannot stand when my people attack someone for no reason. And, I especially cannot stand when we spit on ourselves. We are now in the month of May, and on Saturday people will go to Bleiburg. We have forgotten that we were the victims. I cannot forgive Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović that she said that the Croatian state, the Independent State of Croatia, was not independent and that it was criminal. Who says that today’s Croatia is more independent than the state which existed from 1941 to 1945? I wonder if she had to say it in front of Americans, but then I would ask her a question, why didn’t she say that Croats were not the ones who dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki”, said Prcela.

“We are not the ones who bombarded Dresden and Hamburg. Whom have we really ever killed outside our borders? Enough of this spitting on ourselves. Enough of this what had been happening during this times when we had two presidents who were, we can say, the presidents of anti-Croatian state”, added the priest in the live broadcast, referring presumably to former presidents Stjepan Mesić and Ivo Josipović.

In addition to the President, the priest commented on Minister of Veterans Affairs Tomo Medved. “I am delighted that our veterans have gotten now a veterans minister who was not an adviser to either of the two previous presidents, who did not attend the Communist Party school in Kumrovec, a minister who had fought with his friends. We need to fight for truth, for justice, for our people. Let us not allow anyone to spit on us. Let us be ourselves, defend ourselves”, concluded the priest.

The President replied to the priest via a post on Facebook. “Mr. Prcela, you cannot forgive me my statement, but I forgive you your statement. Let us turn towards the future.”


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