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  • Antonis Papadopoulos
    WILL THE VOICE OF COMMON SENSE BE HEARD? Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church--July 30, 2001 Last month, when a young Roman-Catholic priest from
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      WILL THE VOICE OF COMMON SENSE BE HEARD?

      Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church--July 30, 2001

      Last month, when a young Roman-Catholic priest from Trieste, don Elis Tomaseo,
      went - during his official stay in Dalmatia - to bring foodstuff to an old
      Serbian woman in the village of Vrbnik, near Knin, he did not even think of what
      kind of temptation he would go through. This true friend of Dalmatians and
      Dalmatia, who speaks our language very well, asked in Knin about the road to the
      village of Vrbnik. More precisely, he asked certain Franciscan friar about the
      direction he should take, and explained him the reason why he was going to that
      specific village.

      Only when he found the poor old woman, one of those people who are "having
      nothing, and yet possessing everything" (2 Corinthians 6,10), did his affliction
      start. Very soon the mentioned friar came with military police. Don Elis Tomaseo
      was harassed, asked to prove his identity, interrogated - why was he bringing
      aid to a Serbian chetnik woman etc. That was not enough, but then they escorted
      virtuous don Elis into the barracks of the military police in Kosovo (in
      Dalmatia), slapped him, continued to maltreat him and tore his personal
      documents. The mentioned friar was present all the time, the man who was
      supposed to be not only brother in Christ to the virtuous Trieste priest but
      also to the poor old woman from Dalmatia. Many questions arise after this event:
      who will be embarrassed because of this; what would have happened, had the old
      woman or some other Serb from Dalmatia turned for help to some Franciscan friar
      or, God forbid, to the members of the military police or some other Croatian
      soldier; will the voice of common sense, for which there is no doubt that it
      exists, be heard concerning this event in Croatia?
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