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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 23/06/2015

Wonderful solidarity with refugees in Poland

In a declaration issued on Friday, the Polish Episcopal Conference called for Poland to take in refugees independently of their religion. The TV journalist Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska is full of praise in a guest commentary for the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: "At times the Polish Church can be a bit irritating. This document, however, inspires in me admiration and pride. Because in it the Polish Church calls on the state to take in refugees unconditionally and without restrictions. ... For months we have seen distressing images of people who have been forced by poverty, hunger and dictatorship to risk their lives and flee across the Mediterranean to the 'promised land of Europe'. But the compassion always comes to an end when someone has to take them in. Finally the Church has taken a clear stand. ... This is an important, courageous, pathbreaking and truly Christian document."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 28/01/2014

Mysogynist theologist should listen to pope

During a special session of the Sejm last week, theology professor Dariusz Oko called gender theory an anti-Christian ideology that leads to the spread of atheism. The debate has been dividing the Poles for several weeks. Clergy members who put forward such arguments have issues with themselves, believes Katarzyna Kolenda-Zalesk, an expert on the Church for the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza, and advises Oko to heed the words of the pope: "The opposition of some clergymen against - as they say - gender ideology is nothing but an expression of male phobias. They're afraid that they will lose their position of dominance, and that gender equality threatens their power. ... I fail to understand why gender theory should lead to atheism. Let's not forget, the pope has dealt with the matter of equal opportunities. Just last Saturday during a discussion with Italian women he stressed that the role of woman in the Church must be redefined to reflect developments in society."

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 23/04/2009

Tobacco smoke belongs to bar life

Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska argues in the daily Polska against a planned law which would ban smoking in Polish bars and restaurants: "I already have enough of a hard time admitting that I smoke. Sure, I know all about the dangerous consequences of this unhealthy habit. And I also know that cigarettes hugely offend that part of our society not addicted to tobacco. I must also say that I too cannot imagine smoking in the presence of a child or in the bedroom. Nevertheless I can't help thinking that the Health Commission is going a little too far. In England and Ireland people are not allowed to smoke in pubs or restaurants, and the same is planned for Poland. But have pubs not been associated with the smell of tobacco and the taste of alcohol since time immemorial? Let's not forget, each and every one of us has the right to freedom. And I can't imagine that anyone should be able to restrict me in this way - by banning smoking just about everywhere and in so doing strictly delimiting my private sphere."

Przekrój - Poland | 15/02/2007

Little prospect of new elections in Poland

Aleksander Smolar, a Polish political expert and president of Warsaw's Stefan Batory Foundation, doesn't believe there will be new elections in Poland - despite the recent resignations of the country's interior and defence ministers. Talking to Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska, he explains that the right-wing ruling party PiS would no longer be able to find a coalition partner. "The ability of the PiS to form a coalition has been reduced to zero. They have gobbled up all that was left to be gobbled up... They will try to get through their period in office without new elections. The money flowing in from the EU will help them because it neutralises the negative impact of their government. As far as politics is concerned, I'm not very optimistic. I can see the internal chaos getting worse and worse and the country becoming increasingly isolated. For me, the Kaczynskis' absence at Davos was symbolic... Poland is being held hostage by the private psychological problems of its president and its prime minister."

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