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A Polish archbishop has defended his denunciation of gay and **** campaigners as a "rainbow pestilence", despite widespread condemnations, and urged Catholics to resist their attempts to "deprave the nation".
"I didn't call for struggle or hatred against people - the Church never condemns people, only evil", Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Krakow told Poland's Catholic Radio Maryja. "LGBT ideology represents a clearly defined system of thought and anti-values, which is also anti-Christian and rejects the Christian notion that God created humanity in his image and likeness as man and woman".
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The 70-year-old Church leader was speaking amid reactions to his 1 August homily in the southern city's Assumption Basilica, in which he claimed the "red pestilence" of communism had been replaced by "a rainbow one", which also sought "to conquer spirits, hearts and minds" while fostering "violence, humiliation and the ridiculing of sacred symbols".
He said Jesus Christ had "died for all people", including LGBT activists, who could be saved if they confessed their sins. However, he added that the Church would resist calls to have LGBT awareness included on school curricula, and said he expected a retraction and apology from the Krakow-based Catholic Tygodnik Powszechny weekly, which last week accused him of violating the teachings of Christ and Pope Francis by inflaming "a fight not against sin but against people".
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LGBT groups have frequently complained of discrimination in Poland, where the predominant Catholic Church has vigorously rejected same-sex partnerships and backed the exclusion of gay and **** staffers from Catholic schools.
In July, gay rights campaigners accused Archbishop Tadeusz Wojda of Bialystok of inciting violence against an LGBT equality march, during which police used stun grenades and pepper spray to hold back aggressive counter-protesters. At least a dozen further marches are planned across the country until October, and Polish Church leaders have...
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