Zlatko Sudac

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Fr. Zlatko Sudac (born 24 January 1971) is a Roman Catholic diocesan priest for the diocese of Krk, Croatia. He is best known for his claim to having stigmata.[1]

Sudac is from the town of Vrbnik on Krk island, Croatia. He began studying for the priesthood in 1993, after completing his mandatory military service in the Yugoslav army. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1998. Sudac is well known in Croatia for his alleged stigmata, which he claims to bear as a cross on his forehead, as well as markings on his wrists, feet, and side.[1]

He held religious retreats in his religious centre, Betanija, on the island Lošinj, until 2010, when the Church closed the centre and Sudac was ordered to desist his activities.[2][3] His religious business generated 400,000 in revenue in 2009,[4] but after the Church's decision it posted a loss.[5] In 2015, the new bishop of the Krk Diocese allowed Sudac to continue running his retreats at a local hotel.[6] In the meantime, he ran a smaller amount of retreats abroad[5] and at the Croatian military ordinariate,[7] as well as a hotline.[8] Sudac claimed he was being persecuted, that he had never been prohibited from organising his retreats, and that he was being poisoned for 10 years.[9]

As of 2016, Sudac is officially a priest of the Krk Diocese, but is not assigned to any parish and does not say Mass.[10]


  1. ^ a b Jacobson, Mark (13 May 2002). "Sudac the Mysterious". New York magazine. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ Pavičić, Darko (15 April 2010). "Betanija se zatvara, velečasni Sudac izoliran i prognan" [Betanija is closing, Father Sudac isolated and evicted]. Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  3. ^ Smrečki, Ana (15 April 2010). "Bozanić ušutkava vlč. Zlatka Sudca: Zatvara se Betanija, otkazuju se seminari" [Bozanić silences Fr. Zlatko Sudac: Betanija is closing, seminars cancelled]. Nacional (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Bogu ugodna zarada: Tvrtka velečasnog Sudca imala prihode u vrijednosti od 2,8 milijuna kuna" [Profit pleases God: Fr. Sudac's company had 2.8 million kuna in revenue]. Index.hr (in Croatian). 18 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Zlatko Sudac u minusu od 435.000 kuna" [Zlatko Sudac is 450,000 kuna in the red]. Nacional (in Croatian). 11 July 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  6. ^ Pavičić, Darko (3 November 2015). "Velečasni Sudac na prvoj obnovi na Krku okupio 500 polaznika" [Father Sudac attracts 500 to his first retreat]. Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  7. ^ Pavičić, Darko (19 May 2013). "Velečasni Zlatko Sudac vodi duhovnu obnovu nakon tri godine" [Father Zlatko Sudac hosts a spiritual retreat after three years]. Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  8. ^ Šimić, Zlatko (21 March 2014). "NOVI BIZNIS Za 5 kuna velečasni Zlatko Sudac će vas savjetovati 30 sekundi" [NEW BUSINESS For 5 kuna [US$0.90] Father Zlatko Sudac gives you 30 seconds of advice]. Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  9. ^ Pavičić, Darko (12 September 2010). "Velečasni Zlatko Sudac: Trovali su me deset godina" [Father Zlatko Sudac: They poisoned me ten years]. Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  10. ^ Benčić, Luka (7 February 2016). "VELIKI POVRATAK ZLATKA SUDCA Tisuće ljudi ponovno odlaze na duhovnu obnovu i traže utjehu kod krčkog mistika koji plače krvavim suzama". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 August 2018.

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