[quote="Chaldean_Rite, post:1, topic:214440"]
What do you all make of this?
Yugoslavia has a long history. There has always been animosity among the various ethnic groups and so it is possible that some people took that with them in their religious stewardship. However, it must be remembered that the Nazis were an atheist regime and murdered 3 million Catholic Poles (in addition to 3 million Polish Jews), (in fact the plan was to murder almost all Polish Christians after the Jews were eliminated) to make space for Lebensraum. These were not Christian doctrines which were so enforced. The Nazis and later the Communists murdered priests, nuns and Catholics with no remorse.
Polish Catholics and members of the Church saved many Jews and Roma from extermination, often paying the price as entire families were wiped out if even one member hid a Jew. Getting back to this article: secular doctrines won over Christian ones for many and sure, some were leaders in the Church. Note that secular doctrines won over Christian ones, it was not because of their faith that these people did what they did but because of fear of Communism (Serbs sided with Russia, Serbs like Russians kept the Cyrillic alphabet, are the same ethnic group etc), fear of persecution by the Nazis, the Nazis allied against their ethnic 'enemies' and so forth. It's the same with a pedophile priest, the man molested a child not because of Church teaching but because he had other issues which overcame his respect or adherence to the Church teaching.
People ask why the Pope did not do more to save more people (than he already did) in WW2. Well the Nazis had no respect for the Vatican. They would have occupied it with pleasure. The result would have been worse for the people they were saving.