more than 155 orthodox churches were destroyed by Albanian extremists between June 1999 and March 2004.
Me a Catholic watching this:
Are you out of your mind? Those are fellow Christians like yourself!
Hell Im an atheist and I still find this appalling
As a Catholic, I repudiate this attitude as well. The sad thing is that this wouldn’t be too out of the ordinary in Yugoslavia too.
See, religion was VERY strongly tied to one’s ethnicity and Yugoslavia’s case, to be a Serb meant to be Orthodox Christian, to be Croat meant to be Roman Catholic. To change religion meant betraying your own people and tensions were highly volatile with the surging of nationalism to fight against foreign powers.
World War II saw Yugoslavia invaded and conquered by the Nazis with the Croats establishing a strongly Catholic-based authoritarian puppet state that brutally persecuted Serbs and saw several of them killed or forcibly converted to Catholicism (and then killed) during the Holocaust. In turn, they were opposed by the royalist Chetniks (Orthodox Serbs) who carried out several terrorist attacks against Croats as well as Muslims (they cooperated with the Catholics in oppressing the Orthodox).
Things only got better when Tito came to power since he was capable of keeping the people in check, but he knew too well the resentment of these atrocities were still remembered and it would only be a matter of time before they erupted again. Cue the Yugoslavian Wars.
It was completely shameful.
No more brother wars, Heal the schism
Speaking as a Catholic, Vatican2 would benefit greatly from an injection of Orthodox traditionalism in my honest opinion.