Clergymen apologise to outgoing president
PR dla Zagranicy
A mass in Warsaw marking the end of Bronisław Komorowski's tenure as president saw apologies made to the outgoing head of state for certain 'unjustified' criticisms against him, including a comparison with Hitler.
Bronisław Komorowski bids farewell to members of the public in Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk
Father Aleksander Seniuk cited the New Testament in his closing oration at the Church of St. Joseph.
“Please, forgive us and all those who know not what they do,” he said in reference to various remarks made by certain clergymen.
Later, Father Kazimierz Sowa, who was also present during the mass, told national broadcaster TVP that “there is no such thing as a united opinion of the Episcopate concerning Bronisław Komorowski.”
He stressed that “President Komorowski is someone who the Church is indebted to, both in regard to the 1980s and in the years of freedom,” alluding to the outgoing head of state's role in the Solidarity movement.
Komorowski had been vehemently criticised by many clergymen, most recently with regard to IVF legislation, which the outgoing president signed in July.
Catholic station Radio Maryja compared Komorowski to Adolf Hitler.
“We had a deep urge to tell him that it is not proper to compare someone to Hitler,” Father Sowa said. (nhrk/)