Catholic Polish Teen, Christian Cross Held High, Defies LGBT Pride March

Michael W. Chapman | August 13, 2019 | 12:16pm EDT
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Jakub Baryla, removed by police
for trying to block a "gay pride"
parade, Aug. 12, 2019. 

Jakub Baryla, a 15-year-old Catholic boy in Poland, stood with a large crucifix and rosary to block an LGBT Pride march on Saturday, and eventually was forcibly removed by the police. Baryla later said that Jesus “stood against evil and sins” and that “our holy faith commands us to counteract evil deeds.”

Baryla also said he was not opposing the people in the march but was “going against the bad deeds that are promoting homosexuality.” Poland is a strongly Catholic country. Marriage is legally defined as being between one man and one woman and so-called gay marriage is not recognized.

The LGBT Pride march was held in the city of Plock, Poland on Aug. 12. Plock is in the center of Poland, just west of Warsaw.

As reported by Church Militant and other media, Baryla said he was inspired to stand with a cross against the LGBT marchers in the way that Fr. Ignacy Skorupko stood with Polish soldiers against the communist Bolsheviks in August 1920. Baryla added that he was highly motivated to take action after he saw a blasphemous, gay-rainbow depiction of the Virgin Mary being carried by the homosexual activists.

“I asked for a cross from a priest from a Płock parish,” said Baryla. “The priest was afraid of atheists profaning the Holy Cross, but he gave me a crucifix. I wanted as many people as possible to see my gesture. I wanted to make them reflect and discuss. First, I walked with a cross in my hand in front of the police cordon protecting the Equality March.”

“Later I sat on the pavement and prayed in Latin with the words Salve Regina,” he said. “I directed my prayer to the Mother of God, the ideal of purity. Policemen came to me and asked me to get out of the way. I said I couldn't do it because the participants of the march are destroying my Catholic faith and profaning the Polish flag by placing a rainbow on it.”

(Screenshot, Twitter) 

The police, in riot gear, then physically lifted and carried Baryla out of the way of the march.

“I didn't think about fear,” he said.  “I was focused on the cross I was holding. I am Catholic, so I focused on God who gives me strength. I have the impression that God was directing me.”

In the wake of his actions, Baryla has become a hero online for many Catholics and Protestants who know that the LGBT agenda is contrary to the word of God and an enemy of the family and Western civilization.

(Screenshot, Twitter)

In a tweet, English writer and Catholic deacon Nick Donnelly said, “Thank you Jakub Baryła @JakubBary for your courageous witness to Christ before armed police and an LGBT 'pride' march.”

The international Catholic organization, TFP (Tradition, Family and Property) tweeted, “Youth around the world are standing up to the LGBT advance. This 15 year old Polish boy raised a crucifix high to confront the gay pride parade. Imagine hundreds of crucifixes raised to confront every single pride parade. Imagine thousands! What a powerful message that would be for the world.”

Guillaume Von Hazel, a Catholic from Köln wrote, “My hero of the month is this young Polish brother, who goes by the name of Jakub Baryła. Only 15-years-old and already standing bravely for the Holy Faith against the LGBT degeneracy. May the Almighty bless him!”

A participant holds a frame depicting the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo during the first gay pride organised in Plock, central Poland, amidst risks of disruption by far-rights opponents on August 10, 2019. - In May, police detained in Plock a woman suspected of putting up posters "desecrating" an image of the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo. The frame on the picture shows a likeness of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, a revered icon of the Virgin Mary located in the devout Catholic country's Jasna Gora monastery. (Photo by Wojtek RADWANSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

In addition to prohibiting “gay marriage” and gay civil unions, Poland does not allow homosexual couples to adopt children and lesbians apparently are not allowed use IVF.

On Nov. 19, 2016, the Catholic bishops of Poland, President Andrzei Duda, other government leaders, and tens of thousands of lay people publicly consecrated Poland to Jesus Christ. They formally recognized Christ as King of Poland and called on Him to rule over its people and its land.

They prayed, "Immortal King of Ages Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior! In the Jubilee Year 1050 anniversary of the Baptism of Polish [people], in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, here we Poles stand in front of you (together with their authorities, clergy and laity) to acknowledge your reign, surrender to Thy law, entrust and take you to our homeland and the whole nation…We confess before heaven and earth, that your reign we need…Wishing to worship the majesty of Thy power and glory, with great faith and love, we cry out: Rule us Christ!”




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