The Vatican has made a protest to the Jugoslavian government about the Concordat, signed in July, 1935.
According to M. Stoyadinovitch. Prime Minister, the Concordat will not be presented to Parliament for ratification.
After lengthy negotiations, begun in 1922, the document was signed by the government of M. Stoyadinovitch, and it was laid down that ratification was to follow " as soon as possible."
The Jugoslavian Cabinet twice approved the treaty, and the Vatican awaited the ratification with confidence.
Owing to an agitation got up against the Concordat by the Orthodox Church among others, action had to be deferred, but the Vatican hoped that the government would keep its promise.
This hope has been disappointed. The government has given way to the Orthodox agitation.
The Osservatore Romano states that up to now the Vatican has refrained from making any public statements on the matter.
But now it is sorrowfully compelled to break its silence and make known that on February 15 it made a formal protest against the treatment which the Jugoslavian government has accorded it.
The Vatican has had to remind the Jugoslavian government of two facts:— 1. The signing of the Concordat, July, 1935.
2. The right of the Catholics in Jugoslavia, which cannot legally be denied them, of being treated on an equality with those of other religions.