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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 20/10/2014

Francis makes transparency a priority

The openness with which the clergy addressed difficult issues such as divorce and homosexuality at the family synod holds out hope that the Church may become more receptive, Jan Turnau, the church expert of the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza comments: "God is present in the Vatican once more. Once again I can say 'Ex Roma lux'. That means: In Rome we see light. The most important aspect was the openness of the discussion. And it wasn't forced on the gathering by reformers but initiated by the pope. This in particular has encouraged my Christian hope that ecumenicalism will be strengthened in the Church. And that divorcees, who have been regarded as a kind of unfortunate accident so far, will receive better treatment. It could also be that the Church becomes more open to people of a different sexual orientation."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 06/08/2010

Church fails in controversy over memorial cross

Radical Catholics are once again vehemently defending the memorial cross set up in front of the Polish presidential palace, dedicated to the victims of the plane crash three months ago. The Church has revealed itself to be a weak institution through this conflict, because it tapped the faithful, who - without any reflection - want to defend the symbol of Christianity wherever it may stand, writes the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: "It's no surprise that the young Polish democracy and the state, which has only been free for a short while, are both weak. But what about the Church? The causes of this behaviour are deeply rooted. The crazy defenders of the cross nevertheless are its pupils: They are the extreme results of a spiritual curriculum carried out over a long period of time. It is all about the cross as such, and goes as follows: This symbol is holy and honourable. Anyone who opposes its placement here or anywhere else is simply our enemy."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 17/06/2010

Paedophile archbishop should not be reinstated

The Archbishop of Poznan, Juliusz Paetz, who abused young adults training to become priests eight years ago, is to be allowed to resume his full duties as archbishop once more. The Vatican has lifted the suspension on his work. Intolerable, Jan Turnau writes in the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: "'He who abuses little ones should have a stone hung around his neck and be sunk into the deepest depths of the sea,' the Gospel demands. And another quote: 'A paedophile bishop is the height of evil! And he's still sitting calmly where he always sat - even if he isn't in active service any more, that's true. ... But where is his punishment? Where is the official apology for all the defiled? ... ' These are the words of Joachim Badeni [a critical priest]. But Paetz is not only sitting there calmly and not apologising, but he is demanding back his full rights as bishop. ... I cannot understand how the Vatican can take such a decision that gives him back his holy official rights in full. It's obvious that people there think that if there's no protest there's no scandal. They're waiting for Poland to become another Ireland."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 26/01/2009

Islam Day in Poland

On the occasion of Islam Day in Poland (January 26), Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper comments on relations between monotheistic religions in the country: "Today is Islam Day. It's a good thing that the Polish Catholic calendar has such a day, in addition to the week of prayer for Christian unity, which just ended, and Judaism Day. Religion should bind people, but unfortunately it often separates them in blood. For this reason all social iniatives are praiseworthy which seek to smooth the contradictions between religious doctrines. The Day of Islamic-Catholic friendship is one such iniative, even if here the bonds are not as close as between Christianity and Judaism, which share such deep common roots. This bond is inextricably associated with the terrible guilt felt by Christians vis-à-vis their fellow Judeo-Christians."

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