Poland's Cardinal Dziwisz wants Radio Maryja put under scrutiny

Created: Tuesday, September 4. 2007

Catholic weekly "Tygodnik Powszechny" has published a speech by Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz - a former assistant to John Paul II - in which he appeals to Polish bishops to take the controversial Catholic media Radio Maryja and Trwam TV under close scrutiny.

In an introduction to the cardinal's speech, Father Adam Boniecki writes he wants people to see that the church is not indifferent to the head of Radio Maryja, Father Tadeusz Rydzyk and his media empire.

Father Boniecki points out that he made the decision to publish his foreword to the cardinal's speech without the author's consent.

The cardinal said in his speech that in the name of responsibility for the faithful, the time had come for the bishops to speak out and express their position on Radio Maryja.

In his speech Dziwisz said:

"Pastoral work is gradually slipping out of bishops' control and is getting into the hands of others".

Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz also called for a change in the management of Radio Maryja and Trwam TV so that they could truly serve the church in Poland.

Father Rydzyk has been a controversial figure for some time in Poland, broadcasting what many see as anti-Semitic remarks and going against the wishes of the Catholic Church Establishment.

Last month, tapes of a speech Rydzyk gave to a media seminar caused uproar when he was heard to call the First Lady of Poland 'a witch' and claimed her husband, President Lech Kaczynski, was overly influenced by the 'Jewish lobby'.