Sunday, September 27, 2009

For The Crime Of Being A Catholic Priest...
Father Marek Gancarczyk, of the Archdiocese of Katowice, Poland

Here's most of the article from;

Polish Priest Fined for Comparing Abortion to Holocaust, Saying Abortion is "Killing"

KATOWICE, Poland, September 23, 2009 ( - In a ruling that Church leaders are calling a serious infringement of freedom of speech, a Polish judge has accused the Archdiocese of Katowice and the priest-editor of their Catholic weekly newspaper of comparing a woman who sought an abortion to the Nazis, and has ordered them to publish a court-dictated apology.

Judge Ewa Solecka, further, fined the Gosc Niedzielny (Sunday Visitor) paper $11,000, objecting to comments from editor-in-chief Fr. Marek Gancarczyk that she deemed offensive, such as his statement that in seeking to get an abortion, the woman sought to 'kill' her child.

Ms. Tysiac, who suffers from an eye condition, has become something of a symbol for the Polish abortion rights movement, following her failed attempt to abort her third child after she became pregnant in 2000. Claiming that her condition would be exacerbated by the continuation of her pregnancy, she sought permission for an abortion.

In Tysiac's case, her doctors concluded that, while she was "significantly disabled," her condition was not serious enough to warrant the death of her unborn child. Thus she was not given permission for abortion, and the baby was born.

In 2005, Tysiac took the Polish government to the European Court. The court ruled in March 2007 that Poland's laws resulted in a 'wrongful birth', ordering the government to pay her 25,000 Euros in damages. The government appealed but the decision was upheld in September 2007.

Subsequently, Fr. Gancarczyk published an editorial condemning the court's decision. While he did draw the connection between the horrors committed by the Nazis and the horror of abortion, he nowhere compares Ms. Tysiac to the Nazis, but rather compares the judges who ruled against the Polish government to the Nazis, contrary to Judge Solecka's Wednesday determination.

"[The Nazis] got used to murders committed behind the camp fence," wrote Fr. Gancarczyk. "And what is it like today? Different, but equally scary."

"The European Tribunal of Justice in Strasbourg just rejected the appeal from the Polish government on the well-known by now case of Alicja Tysiac," he continued. "In consequence, Ms. Tysiac will receive 25,000 euro damages, plus the costs of proceedings, for not being able to kill her child."

"In other words, we are living in a world where a mother is granted an award for the fact that she very much wanted to kill her child, but was forbidden to do so," he said.

In the final paragraph, he applies actions to the judges that he had previously attributed to the Nazis. "And what about the judges, who issued this improbable verdict?" he asked. "They surely spend weekends in different picturesque destinations. They are laughing and relaxed. They got used to it."

Based on her reading of the editorial, the judge has ordered the Archdiocese and Fr. Gancarczyk to publish the following apology:

"The Katowice Archdiocese as the publisher, and Marek Gancarczyk as editor in chief of Gosc Niedzielny weekly apologize to Ms. Alicja Tysiac for unlawful comparison of Ms. Alicja Tysiac to Nazi criminals responsible for the Holocaust of Jews in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, as well as for the martyrdom of Jews in the ghettos.

"The Katowice Archdiocese as the publisher, as well as Marek Gancarczyk, as editor in chief of the Gosc Niedzielny weekly express their regret, that through the unlawful violation of personal interests of Ms. Alicja Tysiac and using hate speech, they caused pain and harm to Alicja Tysiac."

Calling Fr. Gancarczyk's comments "particularly contemptuous," she insisted that references to abortion as 'killing' must be made in a general way without applying it to individual persons.

She also determined it was untrue when Fr. Gancarczyk stated that Tysiac had been awarded damages because she had wanted an abortion and was forbidden to obtain it. "This claim is false," she said. "Presenting it in Gosc Niedzielny misled the readers and caused a false impression, which could lead to developing conclusions unfavorable to the plaintiff."

However, rather than making the court-mandated apology, which would require the priest to state a falsehood, the newspaper has asserted its intention to continue publishing the truth about abortion, and has indicated that they will appeal the ruling. In a statement following the verdict, Fr. Gancarczyk said, "We treat [this verdict] as an attempt to censure the public debate, which can be used by leftist circles as an encouragement to use the judiciary for the purpose of imposing their worldview on the rest of society."

Numerous Church leaders and public personalities have spoken out strongly against what they call an infringement of Catholics' freedom of speech. The Polish Conference of Bishops, expressing "solidarity" with the newspaper, called the verdict "an unacceptable limitation of the Church's mission," and "an attempt against freedom of speech and the right of the Church to moral judgement of human behavior."


Blogger Al said...

1st of all, at this point in time, if I was a part of the Polish government I would be telling the European Court where to stick it for trouncing our sovereignty.

2nd. Fr. G is right in what he wrote. * what is happenning to him is a sign of things to come, not only in Europe, but here as well if the Obama administration keeps taking things the way it is.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Agreed . . . in spades!

And to think that Poland is an overwhelmingly Catholic country!

Poland should withdraw from the European Union.

I almost can see the point of the Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians who point to the imminent anti-Christ arising from the 10 nations of Europe which we might potentially associate with the European Union.

And if the EU is so powerful, why the heck do we still keep our stockpiled military equipment in Germany and elsewhere as our contribution to NATO to protect W. Europe from the Russians? I say bring all that 782 gear, etc. home to the U.S.!

1:28 PM  
Blogger chestertonian said...

"If you were ever accused of being a Catholic, would there be enough evidence to convict you?"

By the grace of God, I hope so.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Dirtdartwife said...

Wow... politics aside, just imagine how the kid is going to feel later in life knowing his mother was pissed off for having to give him life instead of murdering him and then to actually be monetarily awarded for "wrongful birth."

10:20 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

I have always wondered how many Ph.D. dissertations in sociology or psychology are out there or are capable of coming out there regarding children of abortion, i.e., children whose mothers have previously aborted one or more times or even more extremely, children who have survived an abortion.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

"Wrongful birth"?

Are you FREAKIN' kidding me!

"wrongful death" : the person was killed due to negligence or malice on the part of the killer.

"wrongful birth" : the child was born due to negligence or malice on the part of the bearer??

Where are these people, Communist China?

8:48 AM  

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