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Rydzyk and the Pope

I read that Rydzyk had a meeting with the Pope this week - anybody heard anything more about it?

Re: Rydzyk and the Pope

Vatican: Pope's meeting with priest does not affect Jewish relations


Pope Benedict XVI's brief encounter with a Polish priest accused of
anti-Semitism does not indicate any change in the Vatican's position
concerning Catholic-Jewish relations, the Vatican said in a written

Redemptorist Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, who heads Poland's largest
Catholic broadcast agency and has been accused of making anti-
Semitic remarks, met with the pope Aug. 5 at the papal summer
residence at Castel Gandolfo, after the pope's noontime Sunday
Angelus prayer, a Vatican source told Catholic News Service Aug. 8.

The Vatican statement, released Aug. 9, said the fact that the pope
met briefly with Father Rydzyk "does not indicate any change in the
Holy See's well-known position regarding relations between Catholics
and Jews."

The statement was issued after Jewish groups expressed concern over
the meeting after photographs of the pope with Father Rydzyk and two
other priests surfaced in the Polish media Aug. 7.

The Vatican statement, written in Italian, described the Aug. 5
encounter as a "baciamano" or a brief handshake rather than a
private audience.

Both Father Rydzyk and the radio station he heads, Radio Maryja,
have been criticized for inflammatory broadcasts. Complaints have
been levied against Radio Maryja, which ranks fifth in Poland's
national ratings, for producing nationalist, anti-Semitic broadcasts.

Father Rydzyk faced possible jail time recently after describing
Polish President Lech Kaczynski as "a crook subservient to the
Jewish lobby."

The priest denied making the remarks, published in July, and
insisted he was the victim of "another provocation."

Some church leaders in Poland have tried to rein in the radio. In
April, in response to the complaints of anti-Semitism, the Vatican's
representative in Poland urged the nation's bishops to reassert
control "in a united action."

Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw also complained the station had
promoted "only a specific kind of godliness" and "selectively
applied church teaching."

"If Radio Maryja wants to be Catholic, it should help unify the
church, whereas its activities are fomenting divisions," the
cardinal said in a December 2005 interview with the Polish Catholic
news agency KAI.