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Poland Comes to Italy's Defense on the Crucifix

11/13/2009 Comment

There’s more backlash from the European Court of Human Rights’ decision regarding keeping crucifixes in Italy’s public schools. Poland’s president, Lech Kaczynski, has said that Poland will never agree to remove crosses from its schools.

While the court’s decision did not impact Poland, it could force a review of the use of the crucifix in government-run schools across Europe. The nations are rediscovering their sacred center and banding together to defend their sovereignty.

The last time the crucifix was banned from public buildings in Poland was under communism. The crucifixes returned 20 years ago when Poland embraced democracy.

Former President Lech Walesa weighed in on the decision, as well.

“Minorities must know their place,” said Walesa. “We must respect minorities, but also protect the rights of the majority.”

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Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.