Viktor Burić

Viktor Burić (6 September 1897 – 20 August 1983) was a Croatian archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church.

His Eminence

Viktor Burić
Archbishop of Rijeka-Senj
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Rijenka-Senj
Appointed20 August 1969
Term ended18 April 1974
PredecessorUgo Camozzo
SuccessorJosip Pavlišić
Ordination27 June 1920 (Priest)
Consecration21 July 1935 (Bishop)
by Anton Bauer
Personal details
Born6 September 1897
Kraljevica, Austro-Hungarian Empire (present day in Croatia)
Died20 August 1983(1983-08-20) (aged 85)
Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia (present day in Croatia)
Previous postBishop of Senj-Modruš (1935-1969)


Viktor Burić was born in Rijeka, Croatia, on 6 September 1897, and was ordained on 27 June 1920.[1] Monsignor Burić served as secretary for Bishop, Mgr. Starcevic.[2]

In 1935 the dioceses of Senj and Modrussa were joined, with Modrussa retaining certain prerogatives. Burič was appointed Bishop of Senj-Modruš, and was consecrated in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Zagreb by the Archbishop of Zagreb, Mgr. Bauer assisted by the Bishop of Veglia. The solemn enthronement in Senj was followed by a Pontifical Mass sung in Old Slovenian, with the Epistle and Gospel in the vernacular Croat. There was a separate ceremony later of enthronement as Bishop of Modrussa.[2] He served as bishop for 33 years.[1]

He was appointed Archbishop of Rijeka in 1969, and served until his retirement in 1974.[1] He died in 1983 at the age of 85.[1]


Viktor Burić supported the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) probably because of its strict espousal of Roman Catholicism as its state religion.[3] Later, he supported the Communist government of Yugoslavia for its friendly stance towards the Vatican.[4] Theologically, he was quite conservative. He suspended liberal Croatian priest, Fr. Tihomir Zovko, for creating a lay group with the purpose of discussing priestly celibacy and democracy inside the Church.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Archbishop Viktor Burić [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  2. ^ a b "Orbis Terrarum" (Yugoslavia), The Tablet, 17 August 1935
  3. ^ Ramet, Sabrina P. (2006-01-01). The Three Yugoslavias: State-building and Legitimation, 1918-2005. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253346568.
  4. ^ a b "The Daily Press" (PDF). Fulton History. Fulton History. 9 June 1971. Retrieved 20 October 2015.

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