Mass at Bleiburg (Archive photo: Marin Erak/HRT) Mass at Bleiburg (Archive photo: Marin Erak/HRT)

The Carinthian Catholic Church has refused a request from the Croatian Bishop’s Conference to hold a mass in Bleiburg. They believe that the mass has become a part of the manifestation, that is politically instrumentalized and a part of the political-national ritual that serves selective interpretation of history and a lack of distance from fascist views. They also believe that the mass at Bleiburg damages the reputation of the Catholic Church.

According to a source close to the office of the Parliament Speaker, he will first speak with the Honorary Bleiburg Platoon and the Catholic Church or the Croatian Bishop’s Conference that organizes the commemoration, after which he will decide what to do next.

Source: HRT