Archbishop Jędraszewski warns against "gender and LGBT ideologies"
Life in all its fullness makes us live with others and for the others, it can be achieved through marriage and family life - the Archbishop of Kraków Marek Jędraszewski said in his address to families at the Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. We live and die not for ourselves, despite various ideologies that are being spread nowadays, starting with the ideology of singles which dictates we should live as lonely islands - he stressed. The archbishop added that human beings "don't live and die for themselves", also in contrast to "gender and LGBT ideologies".
The archbishop said that, according trending psychological concepts people should, people should primarily focus on themselves, in the name of slogans promoting "being yourself" and "self-actualisation". In his view, it often happens at the cost of others.
"Saint Paul said that we don't live and die for ourselves. We are open to others. We live thanks to them and with them. (...) Human life in its fullest means opening it to God first (...), despite the ever more aggressive materialistic and atheistic ideologies, trying to force themselves into our hearts and minds" - the archbishop said.
Addressing thousands of pilgrims who had gathered in the sanctuary, Jędraszewski said that "life in all its fullness makes us live with others and for the others, it can be achieved through marriage and family life". "We don not live and die only for ourselves, despite various ideologies that are being spread nowadays, starting with the ideology of singles, which dictates we should live as lonely islands. Relations with others are merely fleeting and short-lived. With no mutual obligations" - he argued.
The archbishop added that human beings "don't live and die for themselves", also in contrast to "gender and LGBT ideologies, which don't treat people as men and women". "They claim that being a woman or a man is a matter depending on a current decision, which can be reversed at any time" - he said.
Poland's Catholic Church has doubled down on the anti-gay rhetoric that has become the nationalist ruling party's dominant theme in recent years.
Last year, Jędraszewski said Poland was no longer affected by the red plague of Marxists or Bolsheviks, but warned the LGBT+ rainbow flag was born of the same spirit.
The Catholic Church has an unusually strong influence in Poland, having been a focus of resistance to Communist rule for decades. One of Jędraszewski's predecessors as archbishop in Kraków, the Polish Cold War-era Pope John Paul II, remains a beloved national hero.
Źródło: TVN24 News in English, PAP, Reuters
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