Polish Bishop Delivers Thinly-veiled anti-Semitic Sermon

Andrzej Je, the top Catholic spiritual leader in the city of Tarnow near Krakow, said 'a certain nation' sought to 'sow hatred' against the church in 1937

File Photo: Ukrainians pray at the St. Mary Magdalene Church in Warsaw, Poland, March 10, 2019.
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A Polish bishop said that “a certain nation” plotted in 1937 to divide and slander the Catholic Church by controlling the media.

Andrzej Je, who is the top Catholic spiritual leader in the city of Tarnow near Krakow, said last month in a sermon from Easter, which was filmed and aired Thursday in an article by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, aka Kan.

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“A certain nation, I can’t name it because I would be attacked from all sides immediately, said this: ‘Our natural enemy is the Catholic Church. We need to slander them and sow hatred against them, we have to create scandals about their private lives to incite hatred and ridicule against them. We must strengthen our media because then our control will be strong and secure’,” Jez said.

The footage shown by Kan did not say where Jez was quoting from.

Michael Schudrich, the chief rabbi of Poland, said the remarks underscore an internal fight within the Catholic Church between supporters and opponents of that institution’s reform about 50 years ago against anti-Semitism.

“I’ve never heard anything like this said,” Schudrich told Kan. “What the bishop said goes against modern-day Catholic faith.” Schudrich also said that the sermon shows “there is a problem that needs addressing inside the Catholic Church” in Poland, one of the European countries where the Catholic Church enjoys the highest levels of influence.