Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The President of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Jozef Michalik: "We are seeing how the Church is being targeted, as various libertarian, atheistic and Free masonic circles are attacking."
Przemysl (kath.net/KNA) Poland's Catholic Church is being driven to the wall, in the opinion of the president of its Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Jozef Michalik. "We are seeing how the Church is being targeted, as various libertarian, atheistic and Freemasonic circles are attacking," said a critical Michalik in a Pastoral Letter for Lent this Monday.
Even the "government institutions", which are actually promoting pluralism in the media, have finally "discriminated" against a Catholic television station. Michalik said, with a glance at the denial of a digital license for "Trwam", the TV broadcaster of the conservative "Radio Maryja", that the conscience of the nation is becoming focused. There are attacks on the Catholics that do not fall on liberal TV broadcasters and print media.
Much more dangerous in the Archbishop's estimation are "divisions within the Church". Spiritual superiors and even Bishops have refused to obey. Michalike did not name names in his pastoral letter. The text should be available at a reading in the coming Sunday at Liturgies in the southeast Polish Diocese of Przemysl.
A spectacle concerns perhaps the Priest Piotr Natanek from the Diocese of Krakow. He campaigned massively for the introduction as Jesus as King of Poland and called upon, despite warnings from the Catholic Church leaders, "the Knights of Christ the King". The Krakow Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz had forbidden Natanek, to celebrate Masses any longer or hear confessions.
The denial of a digital frequency for "Trwam" has strained the relationship for weeks between the Church and the conservative-liberal government. More than a million Poles signed, according to the TV broadcaster, a letter of protest to the Broadcasting Authority. They refused the license because of the supposed financial instability of the broadcaster. The membrs of the Broadcasting Authority are responsible to both chambers of Parliament and the State President. Besides "Trwam" four other TV broadcasters with licenses have failed
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Polish Bishops' Conference: "The Kingdom of Christ is Not of this World"
Warsaw (kath.net/KAP) Poland's bishops are against the idea of a popular movement for the Consecration of Poland to Christ the King -- who take as their Motto: "Christ, King of Poland". This plan should be given up, said the president of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Jozef Michalik, this Wednesday at the close of the Autumn Meeting of Bishops in Warsaw. The Kingdom of Christ is "not of this world".
In the concluding explanation the Bishops warn against the supposition, that the Entrhonement of Christ as the King of Poland, "will solve all problems". In place of this they propose, the deepening faith in Christ as the "King of the Universe". Michalik recognized the good intentions of the people's movement.
More than 1,000 people had demonstrated in Warsaw this weekend for a proclamation of Christ the King of Poland. They came with National flags and pictures of the Crowned Christ, King of Parliament from the Presidential Palace. "The Movement for the Sovereignty of the Polish People" had called this demonstration.
Already in 2006 the Church had criticized around 40 priests, who then proposing a Christ the King blessing of Poland. The proposal elicited no comment from the Parliament. The organizers explained that in 1656 Poland officially proclaimed the Mother of God as the "Queen of Poland".
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