Jesus not king of Poles, bishops say

Polish bishops have attacked a proposal by conservative political parties in Poland to declare Jesus honorary king of the central European republic.

Parliamentarians from the ruling Law and Justice party and League of Polish Families as well as the opposition Peasants Party had drawn up a resolution naming Jesus Christ as the honorary king of Poland, the Gospel Herald reports.

But the proposal currently has the support of only 46 members in the 460-seat parliament, well short of the necessary 231 votes to pass.

Bloomberg adds that the Polish Catholic Church has accused the lawmakers of mixing religion too much with politics, according to a TVN24 news channel report.

The proposal "marks an overuse of religion for political goals", Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek, said in an interview with the station. Archbishop Slawomir Glodz, also a member, told TVN24 "legislators should steer clear of things they have no idea about".

"Let parliament deal with passing better laws that we need," Gdansk Archbishop Tadeusz Goclowski added, while Bishop Tadeusz Pieronk said that such an action "although it may stem from goodwill, sounds like a bit of propaganda".

But the authors of the declaration justify their action saying that "Poland's deep spirituality may be able to rescue Europe from drowning in a lack of faith and morality".

Polish Church Opposes Naming Jesus as Country's King, TVN Says (Bloomberg, 21/12/06)
Poland Proposal Would Name Jesus King (Gospel Herald, 21/12/06)

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22 Dec 2006