Polish bishops object to article post by European bishops' conference
February 10, 2016
The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has removed an article from its web site after receiving a protest from the bishops' conference of Poland.
The article in question, an analysis of the situation in Poland, appeared in both online and print versions of Europe Infos, an official COMECE publication. Bishop Artur Mizinski, the secretary-general of the Polish bishops' conference, wrote to protest that the article presented "a subjective opinion," that the author had not consulted with the Polish bishops, and that the appearance of the article "interferes with the internal affairs of Poland." COMECE complied with the Polish bishop's request that the article should be removed from its web site.
The article in Europe Infos, by Henryk Wozniakowski, had argued that the Polish government is restricting freedom of expression, and lamented that the Polish bishops had not spoken out on the matter. The sharp response from the Bishop Mizinski points to a clear difference of opinion between COMECE-- a group that has been strongly supportive of the leadership of the European Union-- and the Polish bishops' conference.