Hungarian and Slovak church leaders defend Polish archbishop

The Episcopal conferences of Hungary and Slovakia have supported Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski after he compared “LGBT ideology” to the “red plague” of communism, calling it the “rainbow plague”.

The Archbishop of Kraków, Marek Jędraszewski came under criticism after his words spoken at a sermon on August 1st, the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, that “the red plague is not gripping our land anymore, which does not mean that there is not a new one that wants to control our souls, hearts and minds. Not red, but rainbow.”

The head of Hungary’s Episcopal Conference, Bishop Andras Veres, has expressed support to Archbishop Jędraszewski in a letter to the head of the Polish Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki. The Hungarian clergyman wrote “We know from our history that remaining in our faith has many times triggered anger. Nevertheless we do observe these latest unjust attacks with astonishment, because you have expressed the only teaching of the Catholic Church facing the phenomenon of our times.”

Earlier Archbishop Jędraszewski received a letter of support from the head of the Slovak Episcopate, Stanislav Zvolensky.

Meanwhile, some have pointed out that it was Nazi-Germany who exterminated homosexuals, and that calling members of the LGBT community a “plague” on the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising was not appropriate. Leader of the Spring party Robert Biedroń has sent a letter to Pope Francis asking him for a reaction which would “change the face of the Catholic Church in Poland.”