A Roman Catholic cardinal in Poland has called on the government to recognise the church and give guarantees to Catholics that they are not second-class citizens.
A Roman Catholic cardinal in Poland has called on the government to recognise the church and give guarantees to Catholics that they are not second-class citizens. Cardinal chorial Wojtyla of Krakow, who is second in Poland's church hierarchy, also expressed regret at the result of last December's meeting between the Pope and the Communist party leader, Edward Gierek. The Cardinal's remarks were made in a sermon on Corpus Christi Day, last Thursday (25 May).
SYNOPSIS: Corpus Christi Day was celebrated throughout Poland. Major religious events like this demonstrate the continuing support of polish Catholics for the Church. In the town of Piekary Grudzadz, most of the population turned out to take part in the ceremony, or just to watch.
Religion in Poland is conducted in a much more relaxed atmosphere than in many Communist countries. Cardinal Chorial Wojtyla, with a reputation of being even more outspoken than the primate, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, has been largely tolerated by the government.
Throughout the national Corpus Christi celebrations, the attention of Polish Catholics was turned toward Archbishop Luigi Poggi, who was in Warsaw to continue talks between the Vatican and the Polish government which have continued for four years.
Catholic leaders have called on the Polish government to define the legal status of the church. The Vatican regards this as the most important issue being faced in the current talks with the Communist leadership. Meanwhile worship in Poland continues, apparently regardless of its status within the legal framework of Communist Poland.