The president of the Polish bishops’ conference confirmed the country’s Catholic Church will resist “LGBT ideology” as equality campaigners demanded the dismissal of an archbishop who branded gays and lesbians a “rainbow pestilence”.
“People belonging to so-called sexual minority circles are our brothers and sisters for whom Christ gave his life,” Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan said in a statement on August 8.
“But respect for specific people cannot lead to accepting an ideology which aims at a revolution in social norms and interpersonal relations. This revolution in custom and morals, as Pope Francis stresses, often brandishes a flag of freedom, while in reality inflicting spiritual and material devastation,” he said in response to ongoing disputes between Church leaders and LGBTQ groups.
Supporters of LGBTQ rights are planning a series of “equality parades” across the country in upcoming weeks.
Archbishop Gadecki said the “worsening polemic” was linked to the “offensive by LGBT-plus circles”, as well as to related plans by some local authorities to introduce “a new approach to sex education” beginning in September.