Fratelli Tutti 253: Comparing

253. When injustices have occurred on both sides, it is important to take into clear account whether they were equally grave or in any way comparable.

Often recognition can be a matter of who has won and lost an armed conflict. Who started it and who were the first victims? Which side experienced a first outrage? Even who lost and how badly were they abused by the winners?

Violence perpetrated by the state, using its structures and power, is not on the same level as that perpetrated by particular groups. In any event, one cannot claim that the unjust sufferings of one side alone should be commemorated. The Bishops of Croatia have stated that, “we owe equal respect to every innocent victim. There can be no racial, national, confessional or partisan differences”. [Croatian Bishops’ Conference, Letter on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the End of the Second World War(1 May 1995)]

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