‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.’

I happened across this horrifying link over the weekend, and am at a complete loss as to what to say about it. It’s mind-boggling:

The Katowice Appeal Court has today upheld the verdict of the Katowice District Court which ruled in September ‘09 that the Polish Catholic newspaper Gosc Niedzielny (Sunday Visitor) and its editor-in-chief Fr. Marek Gancarczyk were guilty of making offensive comments by saying abortion is the killing of an unborn child.

Pointing out that the District Court judge said she deemed offensive Fr. Gancarczyk’s statement that in seeking to get an abortion, the woman sought to ‘kill’ her child, the Appeal Court judge said in her decision that she believed the Catholic press should refrain from using decisive and forceful language.

“Christianity is a religion of love and this is what the language used by Catholic press should be like” the presiding judge stated.

I cannot help but think of Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Ratzinger’s) book Truth and Tolerance, where he discusses the increasingly dangerous tendency in modern “enlightened” society to make tolerance the ultimate virtue. Heaven forbid that we use “decisive and forceful language.” Fr. Jozef Kloch, a “spokesman for the Polish Bishops’ Conference,” summed things up nicely:

Christianity is a religion of love, which loves human beings from the first moments of life. It is also a religion which tells the truth, no matter how painful it is.

What an insane world we live in.

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Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming -- "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks" -- he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

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