Poland: Priest reveals sins of the Polish Church

14 December 2010
Gazeta Wyborcza

, 14 December 2010

“The guilt of my church”, reads the headline on Gazeta Wyborcza’s frontpage. It refers to the letter to the Vatican’s nuncio in Poland, archibishop Celestin Migliore written by father Ludwik Wiśniewski, a legendary priest in communist times. In the letter, Wiśniewski laments the condition of the Polish Catholic Church, stressing that some members of the episcopate support apparently Catholic initiatives which in fact are “pogan as they inflame and divide the society and the Church itself”. What is more, half of the Polish priests are “infected with xenophobia, nationalism and coyly hidden antisemitism”. Father Wiśniewski also accuses his colleagues of not knowing “how to communicate with the constantly changing world” and of “blurring the boundries between the Gospel and politics”.