The Catholic Church must stand against PM Tusk’s revolutionary agenda for Poland

As Donald Tusk prepares for a cultural upheaval in Poland, the Church emerges as the principal defender of societal values, writes columnist Goran Andrijanić

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Goran Andrijanić
Poland's new Prime Minister Donald Tusk during a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Dec. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Donald Tusk is preparing a revolution for Poland similar to what the leftist Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero once did for Spain. Zapatero liberalized all social norms and drastically transformed a Catholic country into a “progressive” state that turned away from its roots. The left-liberal coalition, led by Donald Tusk, is preparing for a similar and equally profound social change.

For those doubting the scale of this shift, the interview given by Minister of Equality Katarzyna Kotula to the Polish edition of Newsweek is a must-read. Her political agenda is shaped in the spirit of the Women’s Strike, an aggressive group of leftist activists aiming to deeply alter Polish society based on their ideology.

Kotula openly admits to being an activist, disinterested in social consensus but rather in revolutionary societal and consciousness changes. Legalizing abortion, the “morning-after” pill, gay “marriages,” and sanctioning “hate speech” by the standards of gender ideology, are all goals Kotula enumerates.

The alleged resistance of “conservative” forces within the ruling coalition, as mentioned by a lawmaker, is misleading. There’s no significant opposition. The radical left’s program has a clear path for changes, with laws related to these issues likely landing on President Andrzej Duda’s desk — a president who signed the in vitro fertilization public funding bill.

If there’s a force capable of opposing this revolution prepared by Tusk, it is the Catholic Church alone.

The Church has always stood in defense of the truth about humanity, its rights and freedoms, and not just in Polish society. It must make it clear that it does not agree that a small ideological group dictates societal norms and who deserves to live.

This is why Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki’s appeal to Polish political institutions and politicians is so crucial, urging “all people of goodwill to unequivocally support life” against plans to legalize abortion.

“Righteousness is not determined by the number of supporters of a view. Ethical righteousness often stands with the minority, and sometimes, as Socrates reminds us, with the individual of a well-formed conscience,” Gądecki’s appeal reads.

Gądecki’s message to all Polish politicians is clear: Stop relativizing the fundamental ideas of Christian civilization, the civilization where Poland was born and without which it cannot be understood.

His appeal is among the Church’s first decisive stands against what Tusk is preparing for us. More such appeals are necessary. It is vital that all bishops speak with a united voice in defense of the civilization of life. This isn’t about “politicizing” religion, but defending the fundamental principles upon which this society is built. I hope all bishops understand this.

This is not the time for cowardice hidden behind phrases about “avoiding polarization.” This is not the time for a false social peace at the cost of innocent lives. The time has come for a Non possumus (“We cannot”) similar to what bishops once directed at Polish communists.

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