Fr. Ireneusz Skubiś, Honourable Editor-in-Chief of ‘Niedziela’

Poland has become a country of prosecutors today. Everybody are accusing everyone. The opposition is accusing the righteous authority – accusations are sent not only from Poland and by Poles but also from abroad, also people of Church are accusing one another. Here I mean a respectable monk who is seen on the cover of the ‘General Weekly’ saying the word against Church: I accuse. I encourage everybody not to accuse one another, as we are doing a lot of harm to our Homeland and Church. If a brother is expressing his hatred to his brother, we all will die. As the work of satan is to bring conflicts among people, make them argue with one another and make us not give up in fighting for acknowledgment of our own reasoning. And hatred is expressed, among the others, by worrying facts concerning parliamentary offices of the Law and Justice party. Who wants to bring conflicts among Poles? After all, we have a good government, good economic prosperity, Poland and Poles are perceived better and better in the world….And here a kind of social ‘virus’ is creeping into our life, which causes relentless accusation of one another, and even defying worship and faith.

I want to ask, particularly priests and nuns, to give up comments making us discouraged, and even hatred, especially that a lot of them diverge from the truth. I do not understand editorial offices which agree to publish such texts. And I encourage everybody to open up to their brothers, to Poland, the Year 2018 for the time of celebrations of the 100th anniversary of independence regaining. In October we celebrate the 40th anniversary of election of cardinal Karol Wojtyła for the Holy See. May this time be an occasion for us to shake our hands in a friendly way, to have a thorough look at what we have and what we can lose easily. Let’s have a look at St. John Paul II, at 108 beatified Martyrs of the Second World War, at beatified Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko, or God’s Servant cardinal Stefan Wyszyńki, probably beatified this year – from religious point of view we have enormous motifs and argumentations to get reconciled together. But, first of all, we must return to Christ, to Decalogue, especially to the most important commandment – love to God and our neighbor.

Now, there are preparations for the Second International Congress of the ‘Europa Christi’ movement. It is going to be devoted to St. John Paul II, who should be proclaimed the patron of Europe, and also the patron of our Homeland – Poland. Because nobody knows better than him, who knew our weaknesses and nobody but him could change all this into a great good of Solidarity which brought victory to peoples and nations.

Translated by Aneta Amrozik

Niedziela 4/2018 (28 I 2018)

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