The Church Knows Only Creatures of God

Sarcophagus of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac in Zagreb Cathedral.
Sarcophagus of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac in Zagreb Cathedral.

We have always asserted the value in public life of the principles of the eternal law of God without regard to whether it applied to Croats, Serbs, Jews, Bohemians, Catholics, Mohammedans, or Orthodox. […] The Catholic Church knows nothing of races born to rule and races doomed to slavery.

The Catholic Church knows races and nations only as creatures of God… for it the Negro of Central Africa is as much a man as the European. For it the king in a royal palace is, as a man, exactly the same as the lowest pauper or gypsy in his tent. […] We condemn all injustice, all murder of innocent people, all burning of peaceful villages, all killings, all exploitation of the poor.

Blessed Aloysius Stepinac.