US ambassador summoned by Polish foreign ministry after media attack on John Paul II

U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski. (Source: Twitter@USAmbPoland)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the U.S. Ambassador to Warsaw Mark Brzezinski on Thursday to discuss the activities of the U.S.-funded television station TVN after it broadcast a hostile documentary about former Polish Pope Saint John Paul II.

The broadcast on TVN24, a channel which is owned by Discovery, accused Pope John Paul II of having covered up cases of sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church during his time as a bishop in Kraków, and of being lenient with regard to the activities of pedophile priests. 

TVN is also a station renowned for its backing of the liberal opposition and hostility towards the ruling conservatives.

A statement by Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the invitation to the U.S. Ambassador in Warsaw Mark Brzezinski also remarked that “the ministry believes the effects of such activities are in line with the objectives of hybrid warfare aimed at creating divisions and tensions in Polish society.” 

The statement goes on to say that the ambassador was invited to the ministry to brief him on the situation that has occurred “and its consequent weakening of Poland’s ability to deter a potential adversary and its resilience to threats.”

Ministry spokesperson, Łukasz Jasina, also told the media that the meeting was requested not just to discuss the case of the documentary attacking John Paul II but to talk “generally about the activities of the TV station.”

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