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Vatican trying to switch off anti-Semitic Polish Catholic radio station?
Is the Pope about to take the Papal equivalent of a large fly-swatter to Polish Radio Maryja, which buzzes with anti-Semitism? Attempts have been made by Polish Catholic authorities to deal with this in the past, but without success and with too little enthusiasm, possibly because of the ambivalent attitudes of Polish Church leaders. Now the Vatican is putting more pressure on the Polish Church to deal with it.
“The Holy See expresses its deep concern about Radio Maryja’s political commitments,” papal nuncio Monsignor Jozef Kowalczyk said in a letter sent to the provincial, or superior officer, of the Redemptorist religious order that runs Radio Maryja and other fundamentalist media outlets.”
“The Holy See urges Poland’s bishops to gather together to try to overcome the current difficulties brought about by some of the broadcasts and positions taken by Radio Maryja,” Kowalczyk said in a separate letter sent to the Polish episcopate....
The Radio Maryja media empire has been built up on Catholic fundamentalist, nationalist, anti-liberal and too often anti-Semitic ideologies.
Too little has been done about this for too long.
Late last month, Radio Maryja commentator Stanislaw Michalkiewicz said that “Jews have humiliated Poland internationally by demanding money” for goods and property expropriated during World War II.
“We look after democratic issues in Ukraine and Belarus, while in our own backyard, “kikes’ sneak up behind us to try to oblige our government to pay them money on the pretext of these demands,” he said.
Polish journalists have condemned this broadcast, although, as seems typical of anti-Semites, the villains concerned deny being anti-Semitic, but say they are simply telling the truth. That seems to be a feature of the disease these days.
Michalkiewicz denied the comments were anti-Semitic, telling The Associated Press he described "a factual state" and things "universally known."
As Whispers in the Loggia says: “Looks like this one's going straight to Rome....”