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Statement by the Permanent Council of the Croatian Conference of Bishops

The parish offices of our arch/dioceses have recently received letters concerning citizens' initiatives, The Truth about Istanbul and The People Decide, in regard to the collection of signatures for a referendum, with the request to inform the faithful in the churches and permit signatures to be collected on church premises. The authors of these letters assert that they have notified the Croatian bishops about this matter, which may create certain ambiguities. The Permanent Council of the Croatian Conference of Bishops does not consider such activities to be appropriate in places of worship and they should not be announced in churches, as this would interfere with Sunday services

Statement by the Croatian Conference of Bishops with Regard to the Ratification of the Convention of the Council of Europe on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

We oppose the ratification of the Convention and believe that the Republic of Croatia, with its legal framework and implementation, can alone — and in a more effective manner than the measures and manner foreseen by the Convention — regulate the issue of preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

Press Conference on the Joint Session of the Croatian Conference of Bishops and the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Commenting on the issue of the ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Croatia, Archbishop Puljić noted that the bishops do not accept some of the views expressed in the Convention but "wholeheartedly" support other parts relating to the protection of the vulnerable, the prevention of manipulation and exploitation, particularly women and children, but also every person.

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