Poland: Catholic Youth Accuse “Madonna” of Blasphemy
Edit: first she’s booed in Paris and her audience wants their money back. Now a Polish youth organization is planning a substantial protest against her appearance in Warsaw on August 1st, on the anniversary of the 1944 uprising against the Germans. Madonna is an invader of a different sort.Student organization “Crusade of the Youth” is accusing Madonna of blasphemy. 45,000 Poles joined up Friday to protest against the concert on the Internet.
Warsaw (kath.net/CBA) in Poland, there are protests against a concert planned for next Wednesday by pop star Madonna. As the Polish news agency KAI reports on Friday the Catholic student organization “Crusade of Youth” has asked the Warsaw city council to ban the show. They accuse Madonna among other things, of blasphemy. 45,000 Poles joined Friday’s protest against the student organization of the concert.
Meanwhile, three Catholic priests called on the faithful to pray for a cancellation of the show. The concert was the main aim of Madonna’s, to mock God and Christianity, according to a joint appeal by the Rev. Andrzej Grefkowicz and Pawel Wiecek Robert Pajak and the Jesuits.[Really?] Previously, the Catholic Association of the Journalists of Poland, Madonna had turned against the appearance of the new National Stadium. The spokesman of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Jozef Kloch does not wish to take a position in the dispute.
There is also criticism that the concert on the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising which takes place on 1 August 1944. Every year on this day of some estimated 200,000 Poles are remembered to have been killed by German occupiers during the suppression of the revolt. The organizers of the concert met the critics with the assistance of the City Council. Prior to Madonna’s appearance a two-minute film about the Warsaw uprising will be shown. The Veterans Association of the combatants of the Warsaw uprising, however, will observe a minute’s silence.
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