On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Wikileaks: U.S. Embassy criticized Catholic influences on Poland

U.S. Embassy officials in Warsaw, Poland, under the Obama administration complained that Catholic Church doctrine is a major source of “homophobia” in the heavily Catholic country, according to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks.

The messages from the American embassy in Poland’s capital, marked “sensitive but unclassified,” were part of a dump of over 250,000 official government documents by the anti-secrecy website.

An August 2009  cable from the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw dated criticized the Catholic Church as being central in promoting “homophobia” in the former Soviet-controlled country.

“The Catholic Church plays a significant role in the formation and propagation of anti-gay attitudes in Polish society, especially in rural areas,” states the communiqué entitled “Gay rights in Poland: long road ahead.”


Not explained is why the American embassy is involved in a matter of such sensitivity within a friendly nation.

Officials did note that “the Polish Episcopate has condemned violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians,” but said that message is ignored by local priests teaching that sexual attraction to the same gender is “a deviant condition.”

“Moreover, the Church continues to label homosexual acts as sins and calls on homosexuals to practice abstinence. Most Polish opponents of gay rights cite ‘Catholic values’ and ‘natural law’ to support their views,” the cable continues.

Within the United States, the same position is taken by the Catholic church and most evangelical denominations. Only a small minority of “liberal” mainstream churches have stopped calling homosexual practice sinful, will perform homosexual marriages or ordain homosexual clergy.


The leaked cables noted that some Polish lawmakers are readying defenses against acceptance of homosexuality in schools by drafting legislation similar to a law in Lithuania that bans favorable depictions of homosexuality.

Despite cultural and political hurdles, the American embassy appeared optimistic that the gay rights movement would eventually take hold in Poland.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment HeyYou


    The Jews have returned to Zion. The Middle East will soon be a ‘Republic Confederation’. The Empire of Clay (The US and The West) is becoming a neo-pagan Empire with a huge military. God help us all!

  • http://CatholicsinPoland Inga

    The Polish have the right idea!!Why should anybody from anywhere tell them what to do and what to accept???! Poland sounds good to me! I’ll bet there is no man shortage over there!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mrs. T

    Why are my taxes paying for these gov’t employees to be concerned about anal sexual relations in Poland? Mind your own business you perverts.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ed

    As democratic country polish people have a rights to choose the way they would like to live. Nobody, I mean nobody (USA or European Union) should tell them what to do.
    We all should learn from Muslims. They stand for what they belive and they are not ashamed to say that loudly.
    As a christians we should do exactly the same and not be afraid if this is “politicaly corect” or not.

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