Vatican City. According to
Countryaah, Pope John Paul II visited Croatia during
the year, where he blessed one of the most controversial
historical figures of Croatian history, Archbishop Alojzije
Stepanić (see Croatia).
In the spring, the commander of the Swiss Guard General
Alois Esterman was murdered along with his wife. The
perpetrator was a young deputy corporal who committed
suicide shortly after the deed.
During the year, the Vatican State appointed a commission
to investigate the atrocities committed during the
Inquisition. Shortly thereafter, the professor of philosophy
of law at the Vatican University, UniversitÓ Cattolica del
Sacro Cuore, Luigi Lombardi Vallauri was dismissed in an
internal trial where he was not entitled to defend himself.
The reason was stated to be that he devoted himself to error
lessons. Vallauri had expressed his views on hell, sin and
sexual morality. He found no resemblance between the sins a
human can commit and an eternal burning hell.
Leonardo Zega, editor of the Italian newspaper Famiglia
Christiana, was forced after leaving the Vatican to leave
his post because he had not condemned homosexuality.