In Krakow, Poland on Aug. 1, the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, the Archsbishop of Krakow delivered a sermon during Mass in which he said Poland is no longer tormented by the "red plague" of Soviet communism, but is infected by a "rainbow" plague, homosexuality, which denies human dignity and seeks to control "our souls, hearts, and minds."
"A red plague is not gripping our land anymore, which does not mean that there is not a new one that wants to control our souls, hearts and minds,” said Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski, as reported by Reuters.
"Not Marxist, Bolshevik, but born of the same spirit, neo-Marxist," he said. "Not red, but rainbow."
In his sermon, Archbishop Jedraszewski "recalled the heroism of Poland’s Home Army against Nazi occupation, and the country’s struggles under fascism and then decades of 'Bolshevism' rule as a Soviet satellite state," reported Reuters.
The archbishop further said that “promoting LGBTI ideology denies human dignity” because the “rainbow disease” was “neo-Marxist” in its absolutist ambition, said the news service.
In Czestochowa, Poland, on July 31, the archbishop urged faithful Catholics to “defend the truth about the creation of a woman and a man to live together and to have children."
So-called gay marriage and the adoption of children by gay couples in Poland is illegal. The Catholic Church teaches, "Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved."
Archbishop Jedraszewski, 70, was appointed bishop in 1997 by then-Pope St. John Paul II; the two clerics were close friends. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Jedraszewski the Archbishop of Lodz in 2012, and in 2017 he was made Archbishop of Krakow by Pope Francis.
In 2013, Archbishop Jedraszewski said gender ideology attacks the true and natural sexual identity of man and woman and contributes to the destruction of marriage and the family. "It is an extremely dangerous ideology that leads directly to the death of our civilization," he declared, an "ideology of self-destruction."
God "created man as man and woman as woman," said the archbishop. "He created them for a life together, not that each go his way, and not for homosexuality, but for the second unit, for marriage, so that they beget children, continue to give life and rule the world. Then perhaps the deluge might come after us."
Poland was invaded by the Nazis on Sept. 1, 1939 and, 16 days later, by the Soviets on Sept. 17, 1939; the two totalitarian regimes had agreed, that summer, to divide the country in half. Both invaders committed numerous atrocities against the Polish people during World War II. Six of the Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz, operated in Poland.
At the end of World War II, the Soviets completely occupied Poland and did not depart until 1993.