The Greatest Sins of
Pius XII & The Genocide of Orthodox Christians
& Roman Catholicism are Intermeshed
With the 50th Anniversary of the death of Pius
XII, the Vatican
is again pushing for his sainthood. While Pius can be legitimately criticized
for his tepid condemnations of the Nazi Holocaust there is no question he was
complicit in the deaths of at least 500,000 Orthodox Christian Serbs, Jews and
Roma murdered in Croatia, Bosnia, and Krajina during the Second World War by the
Axis allied Croatian regime.
The First Sin of
Pius – Genocide
The first sin of Pius, complicity in genocide of at least
500,000 Orthodox Christian Serbs, Jews and Roma in Croatia,
Krajina 1941-1945 by the ultra Catholic fascists known as the Ustasha.
The mainstream Orthodox Christians (Pravoslavni) were killed because of
their religion, the main difference between Croats and Serbs. The Ustasha ranks
were swelled by clergy particularly Franciscan monks, priests and seminarians. A Franciscan monk known as Fr. Satan
was commandant at Jasenovac, the
chief Croatian concentration camp, where hundreds of thousands perished and the
source of much of the gold in the so called Ustasha Treasury.
The Ustasha leader Ante Pavelic was welcomed to the Vatican
by Pius during the Second World War and his representative Fr. Krunoslav Drganovic
became a fixture at the Holy See. While the Ustasha were busy butchering
coreligionists, Pius praised Pavelic for outlawing abortion in Croatia.
The Papal Legate Marcone in Croatia
Stepinac of Zagreb kept Pius and the Vatican
well informed about the extermination and forced conversions of the Serbs. Pius instead of condemning the Ustasha
The Second Sin of
Pius –Obstruction of Justice and Money Laundering
After the collapse of the Ustasha regime in May 1945, the Ustasha
leadership fled towards Italy
with their plunder, 200 million Swiss
Francs mainly in gold, robbed from their many victims. Waiting in Rome
for the Ustasha Treasury and Pavelic were two high ranking churchmen. One was the
former Ustasha official Fr. Draganovic now Apostolic Visitor for Croatia
reporting directly to Pius’ Undersecretary of State Montini (later Paul
VI). The other was the former treasurer
of the Franciscan Order (OFM), Fr. Dominik
Mandic, an Ustasha
sympathizer who promoted bizarre racial theories of Croatian superiority. Pavelic and his associates were hidden at
safe houses in Rome until they
could flee to Argentina
and the Ustasha Treasury was taken to the Vatican Bank for safekeeping.
The Third Sin of
Pius –Historical Cover Up
hid Pius’ secret connection to the murderous Ustasha for decades. In 1998 the US
State Department released the Eizenstat Report linking the Vatican
to the Ustasha Treasury. This in turn
led to the class action lawsuit, Alperin v. Vatican Bank and
Franciscan Order, still pending in the US
federal court system for an accounting and return of the Ustasha Treasury to
its rightful owners, the victims of the Ustasha.
The testimony of former US
intelligence agent, William
Gowen, who reported on the Ustasha in 1947, has
aided the lawsuit. Gowen stated that his
investigation in 1947 led him to believe that the Ustasha Treasury had been
concealed at the Vatican Bank and that the Vatican
was implicated at the highest level with Pavelic. Professor Michael Phayer followed in 2007
with a well researched book, Pius
XII & The Cold War, setting the record straight.
However, instead of seeking truth and reconciliation the Vatican
and Franciscans have fiercely
defended against the lawsuit on technical grounds while the few remaining
survivors of the Ustasha atrocities dwindle to handful.
For more information contact:
Dr. Jonathan Levy
Co-counsel for Plaintiffs
Alperin v. Vatican Bank and Franciscan Order
District Court for Northern California, Case No.
firstname.lastname@example.org tel/fax +1 202-318-206