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|COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE BISHOP'S CONFERENCE OF BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
We the Bishops of Bosnia-Herzegovina, motivated by our responsibility to maintain unity in the Church and by our pastoral care for the good of souls, having gathered together for a special session in Mostar, wish to communicate to the Catholic faithful and the general public the following:
The appearance of a member of a non-Catholic community who recently held the rite of confirmation in three parishes of the Diocese of Mostar-Duvno, is an overt attempt to disintegrate the unity of the Roman Catholic Church in this country and to break its centuries-old bond of communion with the Apostolic See of St. Peter.
The priests dismissed from the Franciscan Order, as well as those who in disobedience to their religious and Church superiors, who invited a non-Catholic to preside at a catholic rite, are directly acting against the holiness of the sacraments and the unity of the Church.
Those candidates who for whatever reason agreed to participate in these scandalous acts, through which Catholic Church unity is not strengthened but destroyed, did not receive the sacrament of Confirmation of the Catholic Church.
It seems that the aim and the method in which the above-mentioned rite was conducted serve only to increase the difficulties which the Croatian people and the Catholic Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been exposed to recently.
Therefore we wholeheartedly implore the Catholics of B-H, the priests, religious and all the faithful, especially those in the Diocese of Mostar-Duvno, to not allow anyone to deceive or confuse them in the solid faith of their fathers, in their faithfulness to the Holy Father and the Holy See, as well as their unity with the local bishops. We invite everyone to pray to our heavenly Father and to Christ the Good Shepherd, so that all the faithful of the holy Church may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit who is the only guarantee of the Church's unity of faith and her communion of love and peace.
Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, we pray that all may receive an abundance of blessings and peace of the Holy Trinity!
Mostar, 29 May 2001.
Vinko Cardinal Puljic, Archbishop of Vrhbosna (Sarajevo)
Franjo Komarica, Bishop of Banja Luka
Ratko Peric, Bishop of Mostar-Duvno
Pero Sudar, Auxiliary Bishop of Vrhbosna (Sarajevo)
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