Commenting indignantly on the murders of priests in Lanische, in the Yugoslav Zone B, the Osservatore Romano reports the excuses made by Bakaric, the President of Croatia. Bakaric has alleged that the trouble was the result of a plot made by the priests of the Society of St. Paul not to allow the so-called .. enemies of the Church " to be godparents at Confirmation ceremonies.
The Osservatore points out that the ecclesiastical authority forbids Communists who profess atheism and whose manner of life is inconsistent with the position to be godparents at Baptism and Confirmation. Why should such an excuse serve on this particular occasion?
Referring to the statement of Philip Elliott and other American Ministers, that freedom of religion existed in Yugoslavia, Osservatore notes: " Any comment on this statement would spoil the tremendous irony of their words and the sinister ridicule with which the facts of Lanische cover them. No doubt Mgr. Ukmar and his accomplices will be tried—there seems to be no other charge possible—for having allowed themselves to be wounded. thus bearing false witness even to the shedding of blood against the religious liberty of their country."
According to news agencies, the Executive Diocesan Committee and the Catholic Action of Trieste have appealed to U.N.O. to re-establish order and protect liberty in Istria.
It is a question of open war against the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation, said Mgr. Santin, Bishop of Trieste Capodistria, in a statement carried in the newspaper Messaggero, here, with reference to the Lanische outrage.
"Whom can we send now to confer the Sacrament?" the Bishop asked. He declared that he had requested faculties of the Holy Father so that he might send the assaulted Mgr. Jakob Ukmar to Lanische in his place, since he had been accused by the Slav Press of the region of political activities that rendered him unworthy to confirm Yugoslav children. Bishop Santin was the victim of a mob attack two months ago, when he ventured into the Yugoslavcontrolled part of his diocese.
Pope To Preach On St. Benedict
The Pope will say Mass and preach a homily in the Church of St. Paul Outside-The-Walls, on September 18, on the occasion of the convocation of the Benedictine Chapter for the election of the new
Abbot-General. 1 his year is the 14th centenary of St. Benedict.