With all due respect Jennifer, MANY Orthodox, like myself are not bigotted, but have deep rooted historical reason to have a dislike for the Vatican and modern Roman Catholicism.
While I don't extend these feelings to "individuals", as an institution, the RCC needs to get on her hands and knees and beg for forgiveness for her sins against the Orthodox in Yugoslavia.
I actually read that webpage. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I then looked online for corroboration of the staments. I found some at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archbishop_Stepinac
. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š This is the first I have ever heard of the man. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I honestly do not know what to make of Archbishop Stepinac of Croatia. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Did he mean to help people, but did he neverthless collaborate anyway with the fascistic Utashe government? ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Or, did he truly support the Utashe as enemies of communism and Orthodoxy, but did he also try to cover himself by trying to help some people ? ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Or, something else? ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I do not know.
A few months ago, someone asked at another online discussion forum: "Why don't the Orthodox want to reuntie with the Catholic Church?" ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š And I responded that the Catholic Church has hurt the Orthodox in several specific and egregious ways throughout history: ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š most notably, the 4th Crusade and Uniatism. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š (It was a uniate discussion forum, so the latter comment didn't go over well . . . ) ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Then, I added that the effects of those hurts have echoed through history down to the present day. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Well, this *really* didn't go over well, so I apologized for any offense and exited from that website. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Yet, the fact remains, these actions by the Catholic Church *did* cause real and substantial hurt to the Orthodox world. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š An apology is nice, but it is rather a beginning.
I think your attitude, SouthSerb, is at least *reasoned* in its outrage; and, you seem *to be willing* to make a distinction between the institution of the Roman Catholic Church and the individuals who are members of it.
Finally, I have not been a victim of such catastrophic evils; and so I cannot say what I would do or feel if that were my experience and heritage. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š However, I have experienced egregious personal hurt. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I found that so long as I kept the anger alive, by nursing the memory of the injustice, I was still giving victory to the one who had hurt me. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š When I learned to forgive, I discovered two things. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Christ had taken my burden; and, I was now the victor because I was no longer the prisoner of my hurt.
I hope you who were hurt by my church will rise above that hurt, by the power of Christ, and forgive, so that you too can know peace and victory.