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Polish priest can’t see anything anti-semitic about insulting Jews: Redemptorists can’t, either.
Polish priest Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, who runs the influential Radio Maryja, can’t see anything wrong with his behaviour.
Here's a little test. Read the following and see if you can spot any statements no good Christian should make.
According to the weekly, Fr. Rydzyk was to say that the First Lady "is a witch" and "should undergo euthanasia". About the President, he allegedly said that he is a "cheat who lets himself be influenced by the Jewish lobby".
Easy, wasn’t it? The odd thing is that neither Fr Rydzyk nor his superiors in the Redemptorist Order can see anything wrong with his statements, even if you can.
First, Fr Rydzyk:
Fr. Rydzyk himself does not question the authenticity of the quotes, but denies having the intention to offend anyone:
'It never crossed my mind to offend anyone. This affair is artificially blown up.'
As the brother of Polish President Lech Kaczynski said: "It's a serious problem which the Redemptorist order needs to address."
There seems to be little hope of that.
The outspoken director of a Polish Catholic radio station has denied charges that he made anti-Semitic statements, and his religious superior has backed his statement...
...Father Zdzislaw Klafka, the Polish provincial of the Redemptorist order, said that an investigation into the charges against Father Rydzyk had concluded that he "does not identify himself with the anti-Semitism that has been attributed to him." Father Klafka-- who said that his own statement was approved by Father Joseph Tobin, the worldwide head of the Redemptorist order, said that Father Rydzyk's colleagues knew he was not an anti-Semite.
Do they also support his statements that his President is a cheat and the First Lady is a witch, I wonder?
A reminder here that the Pope has tried to rein in Radio Maryja, but it is really up to the Redemptorists to lance this particular boil - something they seem unwilling to do.
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