International Jewish groups have called on the Vatican to sanction a prominent Polish priest who they say uses his media empire to foment anti-Semitism, the Associated Press website reports today (June 28, 2011).
The Jewish groups acted after the Rev. Tadeusz Rydzyk -- who runs a Catholic radio station and a TV channel -- caused uproar in Poland by calling his country a totalitarian state that "hasn't been ruled by Poles since 1939."
Although he did not mention Jews by name, his language echoed that of anti-Semites who claim that Jews hold excessive power in Poland, and that Polish Jews are "not real Poles" with Polish interests at heart.
Rydzyk made the comments last week at the European Parliament -- just days before Poland takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union (EU).