András Veres, head of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (MKPK), has expressed his solidarity and support for the Polish Catholic Bishops’ Conference after Archbishop of Krakow Marek Jędraszewski came under fire for a speech criticising “LGBTQ ideologies”. “History has taught us that standing up for the teachings of Christian faith often causes anger in others,” Veres wrote in a letter posted on the MKPK website and addressed to Stanisław Gądecki, the head of the Polish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
“Still, we are dumbfounded by the undeserved attacks you suffered, since all you did was explicate the teachings of the Catholic church in connection with a current phenomenon,” he said. Veres said it was shocking that the same people who “demanded that their opinion should be accepted” denied others “even the right to express a differing opinion”. “Considering that the attacks you suffered were peculiar, we would also like to express in a peculiar way … our solidarity with you and our brotherly support,” he added.
Jędraszewski came under fire from the Polish left wing and liberals, including the liberal Catholic weekly Tygodnik Powszechny, after talking about a “rainbow-coloured epidemic” in a sermon commemorating the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw uprising on August 1.