Cardinal Stepinac was one of the greatest supporters of the Ustashi government. This is a government whose announced goals included forced conversions of 1/3 of the Serbs in Croatia, expulsion of 1.3 of the Serbs from Croatia, and the murder of the remaining 1/3 of the Serbs in Croatia. The tortures committed against the Serbs by the Ustashi are horrific indeed-Ustashi soldiers who wore "necklaces" fashioned from the eyeballs; ears, and noses of Serbs; an Ustashi official who kept a large jar of Serb eyeballs on his desk; breasts ripped from the bodies of Serbian women; bayoneted Serbs thrown off cliffs, left to perish in a pile of the dying; the River Sava ran red with the blood of the murdered Serbs; decaying bodies were recovered miles downriver; at Jasenovac concentration camp, a veritable catalog of atrocities were committed against the Serbs, under orders of its Franciscan commander; Serbs were forced to convert to Catholicism at gunpoint, or threat of inhuman torture. All these atrocities against the Serbs were committed because of the Ustashi hatred for the Orthodox! These were the activities of the Ustashi government that Cardinal Stepinac was aware of, and said not one word against. Nazi officers in Croatia even were repelled, and advised the Ustashi to "slow down." Apparently, Cardinal Stepinac's admiration of the Nazis, who-after all, had made an independent Croatia possible-stopped at this advice. After the War, the Vatican sponsored an "underground railroad" to help Ustashi war criminals escape from Europe, as well as from justice.
Pope John Paul II's "apology" to the Orthodox for "past wrongs" and the possible canonization of Cardinal Stepinac are, to me, mutually exclusive. Why not canonize Ante Pavelik and Mile Budak along with Stepinac?
Of course, there are Serbs alive today who remember their fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, other relatives and friends and neighbors perishing from the tortures committed by the Ustashi. So, when a new Catholic Ustashi rose in Croatia, is it any wonder the Serbs fought against that government? Is it any wonder that sainthood for Stepinac is an insult to any Orthodox Christian?