Head of Polish Bishops: No Compromise Between Truth and Untruth

Polish laity also issue appeal to synod fathers to uphold the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family.

BY EDWARD PENTIN 10/06/15 – National Catholic Register

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops' conference.

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference.

The head of Poland’s bishops has given a lengthy and hard-hitting interview in which he upholds the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family, voices his opposition to Church decentralization, and calls gender ideology worse than Communism.

In the interview broadcast on EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki said that the Church “can’t sing with 100 different voices as postmodernity would like it to.”

“If the Church were to teach 10 or 100 doctrines,” he added, “she would break apart into 100 churches, but the Church is one, catholic and apostolic.”

The archbishop, who is one of three Polish bishops attending the Oct. 4-25 Ordinary Synod, was responding to comments made earlier this year by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops’ conference.

The cardinal said Germany can’t wait for the current Synod on the Family to make this or that decision, and that the German church is not “a subsidiary of Rome.” Archbishop Gądecki was also responding to a general push by some European bishops ahead of the synod to devolve teaching authority away from Rome.

In the EWTN interview, the archbishop also quashed talk of a spirit of consensus ahead of the synod, saying he saw “no way to create a compromise” between truth and untruth. “What compromise can there already be between truth and untruth?” he asked.

As the synod got underway yesterday, some of those running the meeting were at pains to point out the general spirit of consensus that is present. Archbishop Bruno Forte, the synod’s special secretary who was criticized last year for forcing through an agenda many believed was at odds with Church teaching, insisted “there’s no division, conflict, it’s not what I feel.”* He instead criticized last year’s media interpretation of the synod as “often bipolar.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the president of the Polish bishops’ conference said gender ideology has similarities with Communism in that it has “no regard for the human person” as it doesn’t recognize human dignity as Christianity does, and is even worse than Marxism because it is “a pure ideology that is actually bent on destroying marital and familial relationships.”

“By teaching gender theory, the good of having marriage and family is thrown into doubt, the institutions of marriage and family are destroyed by being labeled as ‘oppressive’, as diminishing humanity rather than growing it,” he warned. He said the ideology may take different forms, but the aim is the same: “the pulverization of society, so that man stays alone and is more easily manipulated.”

The archbishop also highlighted the problem of discussing mercy, but with less emphasis on justice, sin and the notion of the truth. “That is a hermeneutic mistake [an erroneous interpretation],” he said. “Justice and mercy are inseparable from one another.” A person can experience mercy “by converting, by returning to the House of the Father after staring into the abyss.”

But he stressed that “no matter what situation a marriage might find itself in, be it regular or irregular, they must be aware that divine mercy accompanies them, immutably, for it is only in such a setting that they will not revert to guilt but strive to extricate themselves from sin and return to grace.”

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Meanwhile, a lay Catholic forum in Poland has issued an appeal to the synod fathers to reaffirm Church teaching at the meeting.

Called “Between the Synods”, representing many “intellectual and formative circles” actively involved in the Church’s role in the modern world, the forum stated they “are deeply convinced that the modern world needs Christian teaching on the subject of marriage and the family since there is a serious danger of diluting the notion of sacramental marriage and the family built on it.”

They added: “We consider it extremely important to remind of supernatural and legal-natural purpose and sense of the family together with its rights and principles.”

They also expressed hope that the upcoming Synod would “seek to deepen the theology of marriage and family” and that problems of education “deserve a special attention.”

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* This is not to say there isn’t a spirit of communion. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB, told the Register yesterday: “We are in communion with one another and so there really is a certain level of trust that I enter into, trust also that we do need to speak frankly and I hope every synod father would intend to do that.”

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4 Responses to Head of Polish Bishops: No Compromise Between Truth and Untruth

  1. kathleen says:

    Very VERY interesting to hear Archbishop Gądecki call gender ideology “worse than Communism”, considering how much Poland suffered under the yoke of atheistic Communism for so many years!

    Just goes to illustrate how the satanical machinations of “gender ideology”, raised to such prominence in the spineless, secular West in our day and age, could well lead more souls astray than the evil of Communism throughout 70 years, till its fall. This statement of the good Archbishop should not, I think, be overlooked.

  2. Michael says:

    This statement of the good Archbishop should not, I think, be overlooked.

    Agreed. While the Communist ideology reduced man to a cog in a machine, something purely economic rather than a whole person, gender theory renders human nature infinitely malleable, undermining all the fundamental principles that make individual well-being and communal living possible. It is, I reckon, one of many aberrant ways of thinking about humanity that has emerged from the long lasting effects that the influence of evolutionary theory* has had on the popular consciousness as well.

    *Don’t want to de-rail this, as discussion about this matter is going on another thread, but I do think there is a link here.

  3. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference states that there can be “no compromise between truth and untruth.”

    In his news conference yesterday (October 6), Father Thomas Rosica, the Vatican’s English-language spokesman, had this to say, according to ZENIT (http://www.zenit.org/…/artic…/synod15-press-briefing-oct-6th): “regarding the idea of divorced remarried Catholics being able to receive communion, he noted how some assert it would be more difficult to come up with a universal response, but instead makes sense to come up with a regional treatment. He said it may make sense to examine and perhaps treat the situation on a more local, regional, even continental level.”

    Oh, fine. So now each locality, region, and even continent is supposed to create its own doctrine concerning the indissolubility of marriage. Because it’s “more difficult” for the universal Church “to come up with a universal response”?

    Dear God, the gates of hell are here.

    Help us.

  4. kathleen says:

    @ Robert John

    So true, RJ. Father Thomas Rosica is uttering the purest form of Modernism with this preposterous idea – that Truth can be messed around and tampered with to suit time and place… ending up with an Untruth.
    No. Absolutely not, however much the Kasperites (including Fr. Rosica) might whine and bully. Our Lord’s teachings, written into the Church’s doctrine in black and white, are clear and unchangeable.

    Have courage! Let us not lose hope in our good bishops who will stand firm on the side of God’s Truth.

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