Vinko Puljić

Vinko Puljić
Cardinal, Archbishop of Vrhbosna
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Vinko Cardinal Puljić in June 2015
Archdiocese Vrhbosna
Appointed 19 November 1990
Installed 6 January 1991
Predecessor Marko Jozinović
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of S. Chiara a Vigna Clara
Ordination 29 June 1970

by Stjepan Bauerlein
Consecration 6 January 1991

by Pope John Paul II
Created cardinal 26 November 1994
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Vinko Puljić
Born (1945-09-08) 8 September 1945 (age 74)

Priječani, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Bosnian
Denomination Catholic
Residence Archdiocesan Chancery of Vrbosna, Sarajevo
Previous post President of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995–2002; 2005–2010)
Motto Po Mariji u vjeri, nadi i ljubavi (With Mary in faith, hope and love)
Coat of arms Vinko Puljić's coat of arms
Styles of

Vinko Puljić
Coat of arms of Vinko Puljic.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Sarajevo
Ordination history of

Vinko Puljić
Priestly ordination
Ordained by Stjepan Bauerlein
Date 29 June 1970
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Pope John Paul II
Co-consecrators Giovanni Battista Re

Justin Francis Rigali
Date 6 January 1991
Place St. Peter's Basilica
Date 26 November 1994
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Vinko Puljić as principal consecrator
Pero Sudar 7 January 1994
Tomo Vukšić 2 April 2011

Vinko Puljić (pronounced [ʋîːŋko pǔːʎit͜ɕ]; born September 8, 1945) is a Bosnian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the sixth and current archbishop of Vrhbosna. He was granted the titular position as cardinal priest of Santa Chiara a Vigna Clara in Rome.

Early life and education [ edit ]

Pope John Paul II and Vinko cardinal Puljić (Pastoral visit of Pope to Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1997)

The twelfth of thirteen children, Vinko Puljić was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (then part of Yugoslavia), to Ivan and Kaja Puljić. His mother died when he was three-years-old, and his father then remarried. In addition to his family, young Vinko's spiritual formation was deeply influenced by the Trappist Mariastern Abbey, located not far from his native village. One of the monks helped Vinko's father to send his son to the minor seminary of Zagreb. Father Ante Artner sold his motorbike and gave the proceeds to Vinko's father, who did not have enough money to pay his board there. Vinko then studied philosophy and theology at the major seminary of Đakovo.

Priesthood [ edit ]

Puljić was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Stjepan Bauerlein on June 29, 1970, and then served as a chaplain in the Diocese of Banja Luka until 1973, whence he became an official of the diocesan curia. He was a parish priest in Sasina from June to November 1973, and in Ravska from 1973 to 1978. In 1978, he was named spiritual director of the minor seminary of Zadar. During this time, he also served as a confessor at a Benedictine monastery and organized spiritual retreats for priests, seminarians, and nuns.

In 1987, he returned to the Diocese of Banja Luka, where he served as a parish priest in Bosanska Gradiška. He was later transferred to Sarajevo in 1990 as vice-rector of the Sarajevo major seminary.

Episcopal ministry [ edit ]

On November 19, 1990, Puljić was appointed Archbishop of Vrhbosna by Pope John Paul II. He thus became the sixth archbishop of that See after the reconstruction of the ordinary ecclesiastical hierarchy in 1881 after the Ottoman occupational rule which had lasted more than four centuries. He received his episcopal consecration on January 6, 1991 from John Paul II himself, with Archbishops Giovanni Battista Re and Justin Francis Rigali serving as co-consecrators, at St. Peter's Basilica.

Puljić was created cardinal priest of S. Chiara a Vigna Clara by John Paul II in the consistory of November 26, 1994. He was 49 years old when he became the youngest member of the College of Cardinals. On October 18, 2001, he was invested as bailiff of the Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Puljić was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave, which selected Pope Benedict XVI. He served as president of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1995 to 2002, and again from 2005 to 2010. On September 18, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named him as a Synod Father of the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which was held in October 2012.[1] Cardinal Puljić participated in the 2013 papal conclave, which elected Pope Francis.[2]

Views [ edit ]

Role during the Bosnian War [ edit ]

When Bosnian War broke out in 1992, Archbishop Puljić immediately became involved in helping the thousands of refugees and exiles, mobilizing all the forces of the local Church. During the war, he frequently risked his life while making pastoral trips to his parishes, so he was imprisoned during one visit for twelve hours by the Serbian military in Ilijaš, running a serious risk when he rode in a United Nations Protection Force tank to Vareš. John Paul II once said to him, "When I imposed hands on consecrate you in the office of Pastor of the Church of Sarajevo, I had no idea that very shortly your cross would be so heavy and your cup so bitter."

Status of Medjugorje [ edit ]

Cardinal Puljić, speaking at the 2004 assembly of the Synod of Bishops, complained that the reported apparitions of Medjugorje were becoming a source of division in the Church,[3] and was involved in setting up in 2006 of a commission to examine the alleged Marian apparitions.[4]

Relations with Muslims [ edit ]

Cardinal Puljić has said that before the war, relations with Muslims were very good, but that in recent times, the situation has somewhat deteriorated. The first sign was the arrival of humanitarian aid from Arab countries : it was distributed only to Muslims, while at the same time it was prohibited to give it to Christians.[5] In 2012, Cardinal Puljić warned about the spreading Wahhabism in the Southeastern Europe, especially in the Bosnia and Herzegovina, stating that the state authorities are not capable to prevent it. At the same time he warned about the discrimination of Catholics in the Bosnian society demanding equal treatment for Catholics in employment, education, and other areas. He confirmed that he will continue to try to establish a dialogue and peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was disrupted by the recent war in the country.[6]

Women and marriage [ edit ]

In May 2016, Puljić drew controversy and mockery onto himself[7] after appealing to women in a sermon in Zadar, Croatia not to have sexual intercourse before marriage so that they wouldn't become a "štraca", which is a local slang word for a "whore". [8][9] The word became a meme, as well, spawning the creation of various Facebook groups numbering thousands of people.[10][11] The cardinal claimed in response that his words were "taken out of context" despite different implications based on the transcript of the sermon, but concedes that the word he used is too harsh.[12]

Clergy sex abuse [ edit ]

In February 2019 Puljić said in an interview that there were several cases of clergy abuse in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well[13][14], but that he did not report them to the police[15] Puljić did not publish the names of the abusers or the place where they were at the service.[16]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Nomina di Padri sinodali della XIII Assemblea Generale Ordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi (7-28 ottobre 2012)" [Appointment of Fathers of the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 7-28, 2012)]. Daily Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. September 18, 2012. Archived from the original on December 24, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "List of cardinal-electors for a papal conclave". Catholic News Service. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
  3. ^ "Medjugorje a Source of Division in the Church". Archived from the original on 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  4. ^ "Cardinal says commission to review alleged apparitions at Medjugorje". Archived from the original on 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  5. ^ "Cardinal Puljic's Cautions About Islam". Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  6. ^ "Radical Islam on the rise, Sarajevo Cardinal warns". Catholicism Pure and Simple. January 26, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  7. ^ Ljudi na internetu se prilično dobro zabavljaju s onom izjavom kardinala Puljića o ‘ženama štracama’ at
  8. ^ Ljudi na internetu se prilično dobro zabavljaju s onom izjavom kardinala Puljića o ‘ženama štracama’ at
  9. ^ Kardinal Puljić: Žene, nemojte isprobavati muškarce prije braka da ne postanete štrace! at Slobodna Dalmacija
  10. ^ Štraca at Facebook
  11. ^ REGISTAR ŠTRACA at Facebook
  12. ^ Kardinal Puljić tvrdi da su njegove riječi izvučene iz konteksta, no transkript propovijedi govori nešto sasvim drugo at
  13. ^ "VIDEO Kardinal Puljić za N1 o svećeničkom zlostavljanju djece i situaciji u BiH". N1 BA (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  14. ^ "KARDINAL PULJIĆ PRIZNAO DA SU SVEĆENICI U BIH SEKSUALNO ZLOSTAVLJALI DJECU: Nijedan od njih nije završio na sudu". (in Croatian). 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  15. ^ "VIDEO Kardinal Puljić za N1 o svećeničkom zlostavljanju djece i situaciji u BiH". N1 BA (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  16. ^ N.N (2019-02-22). "Puljić: I u BiH je bilo zlostavljanja djece". Nezavisne novine (in Serbian). Retrieved 2019-02-23.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

Marko Jozinović
Archbishop of Vrhbosna

19 November 1990-present
Preceded by

Gordon Joseph Gray
Cardinal-Priest of S. Chiara a Vigna Clara

26 November 1994-present
New title President of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Succeeded by

Franjo Komarica
Preceded by

Franjo Komarica
President of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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