It’s official: Christ, the King of Poland!

By Fr. Paul McDonald

Special to Rorate Caeli 

The Lord Jesus Christ Recognized as the King of Poland

Solemn enthronement of Christ as King of Poland in Kraków, 19th November 2016

Solemn enthronement of Christ as King of Poland in Kraków, 19th November 2016

Radio Maryja (@RadioMaryja) reports that the Bishops of Poland have enthroned, or, to use the bishops’ more sober expression, “recognized” Christ as the King of Poland. This was done in the official presence of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. Many pilgrims were present in Poland for this event. Today the act will be repeated in all the Polish cathedrals and parishes. This took place yesterday, Saturday, at the Church of Divine Mercy in Krakow.

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The providential and proximate origin of the act is to be found in revelations received, or said to be received, by the Servant of God Rosalia Zelkova. The Lord — she said — demanded that He be enthroned as King by the Polish Nation as such, and not just in the hearts of the Poles, in a particular manner, and this would have saved Poland in the war that was coming.

33m tall statue of Christ the King in Swiebodzin, Poland

33m tall statue of Christ the King in Swiebodzin, Poland

At first, especially after Vatican II, the idea did not find much support among the bishops. One may think that the shadow of Dignitatis Humanae was a factor, especially since the theme of the social right to religious liberty was so strong in the teaching of Pope Saint John Paul II. Another factor would have been the proximate origin, spoken of above. The same factor afflicts the Fatima Message. Under the diffused influence of theological modernism there is a diffidence even about the possibility of communications from Heaven.

But the social kingship of our Divine Lord is absolutely founded in necessary and dogmatic truths about Christ. It is not merely an element of private revelation. St. Gregory the Great said that they were heretics who denied that Christ is the King of and over everything.

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8 Responses to It’s official: Christ, the King of Poland!

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    God bless Poland. I just wish JabbaPapa could speak Polish as well as he does Italian and Latin so’s he could tell us how Poland’s episcopacy interprets Amoris Laetitia and all the other communiqués we are blessed to get from the Bishop of Rome, as he likes to be known.

    My Cathedral Basilica (well, Minor Basilica, to be completely accurate) is called Christ the King. A breathtakingly beautiful building, especially when viewed from the highway one kilometre away. https://www.kevinthom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/cathedral-basilica-christ-the-king.jpg

  2. mmvc says:

    JH, this short article from Catholic World News (July 28, 2016) indicates that the Polish bishops haven’t been swayed by AL from remaining faithful to Church teaching:

    Polish bishops reaffirm: no Communion for divorced/remarried

    July 28, 2016
    The Catholic bishops of Poland will not alter the Church’s consistent teaching that Catholics who are divorced and remarried cannot receive the Eucharist, the president of the country’s episcopal conference has said.

    Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki told reporters that the problems created by an illicit marriage “cannot be solved in a confessional in two minutes, or even in a couple of years.” The archbishop said that while the Church should reach out to divorced and remarried Catholics, offering them spiritual support, it should be done with the understanding that “if a marriage has been validly concluded there is no ground for administering Communion to remarried divorcees.”

    Here’s an extract from an article by Austin Ivereigh (who clearly does not side with the Polish Bishops – note the condescending tone of his final paragraph in the article from the link below) which might shed some more light on your question:

    [PF’s approach in AL] won out against fierce opposition from Polish bishops, among others, who saw the document’s proposals as watering down church doctrine, sending mixed messages, and “compromising” with the secular world.

    Some Polish bishops have publicly critiqued the document as “ambiguous.” They argue that sections that are unclear should be interpreted according to the teachings of Francis’ predecessors — by which they mean John Paul II’s 1981 teaching document, Familiaris Consortio. In Catholic terms, this amounts to something close to a rebellion: Amoris Laetitia is authoritative magisterial teaching, and should be the dominant point of reference.
    http://www.politico.eu/article/polands-problem-with-this-pope-francis-krakow-catholic-church/

    I also gather from fellow Poles as well as from various other articles, that in Poland, as in most of the worldwide Church, there is division of opinion about AL, this pontificate as well as its numerous publications and utterances.

  3. Toad says:

    What is the significance of the two trees that seem to have been struck by lightning?
    And why the gong?

  4. mmvc says:

    Good questions, Toad. The photo depicts the sanctuary of the Divine Mercy basilica in Łagiewniki, Kraków. Believe it or not, the ‘gong’ is a tabernacle. As for the two unfortunate trees, well I dug up this wobbly video in which a young sister from Saint Faustina’s order tries to explain their significance:

  5. mmvc says:

    And here’s the beautiful Saint Joseph’s church on the same grounds. That, as you can see, speaks for itself and like JH’s picture of the stunning cathedral of Christ the King, requires no explanation or interpretation:

    https://www.faustyna.pl/zmbm/en/chapel-of-the-miraculous-image-of-the-merciful-jesus-and-the-tomb-of-st-faustina/

  6. Paul says:

    This idea stems in a clear and obvious way from the message bequeathed by my compatriot (and fellow citizen, as Jachówka borders on my parish of Maków), Rozalia Celakówna, inspired by Our Lord Jesus shortly before World War Two. Almost seventy years have passed since Jesus Christ’s appeal, requesting the Reedemer’s enthronement or coronation by the Polish nation as her KING and LORD, an act to be accomplished by the nation’s ecclesiastical and state authorities. Other nations and states of the world should follow suit, if such is their will.

    The act accomplished first by the Polish nation should set the example for other nations of Europe and the world to follow. All this should prevent, in Christ’s own words, the world’s self-annihilation through wars and disasters. ‘Only these states shall not perish that accomplish the enthronement’ (Rozalia Celakówna, Memoirs). As a witness of the extermination of a neighbouring country, Germany, and many countries of Western Europe, I raise the alarm. As a Catholic, imbued with the spirit of love towards my fellow man, I feel bound by my conscience to issue a warning to the world’s nations, a warning not only against destruction, but also against eternal damnation. My soul is like Benjamin’s, since my country is one of the youngest states of the European civilisation, and therefore I speak as the youngest member of the family.

  7. kathleen says:

    This is wonderful news! (Many thanks to dear mmvc for posting it.) If only other countries would follow the example of the loyal, devoted Catholics of Poland in recognising Christ Jesus, Our Lord, as Sovereign King, what abundant grace would come to them.

    Thank you too, Paul, for your interesting and encouraging comment.

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