Ten years ago Polish politicians shelved a silly suggestion that Jesus should be crowned king of this overwhelmingly Catholic country. But this week his enthonement went ahead in Krakow at the Church of Divine Mercy.
According to this report, the coronation took place in the presence of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and many pilgrims.
The idea of the coronation of Jesus surfaced in the first half of the twentieth century. Polish nurse Rosalia Zelkova allegedly heard voices that told her that Jesus had listed a set of demands, one of which was to made king of Poland. It was a necessary condition for the salvation of the country in the upcoming war.
A decade ago, the BBC reported that a bill to make Jesus king was kicked into the long grass, despite the face that 46 – 10 percent of the lower house – signed the bill.
If it had become law, Jesus would have followed the path of the Virgin Mary, who was declared honorary queen of Poland by King John Casimir 350 years ago.
The motion had been been backed by MPs from the far right League of Polish families (LPR), the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party and the Peasants’ Party (PSL).
They argued Jesus should be made King on both theological and historical grounds.
PiS deputy Artur Gorski said colleagues were:
Praying in the parliamentary chapel for Jesus’ coronation.
But Monsignor Tadeusz Pieronek, a member of Poland’s Episcopate and rector at Krakow’s Papal Academy of Theology, dismissed the move.
Christ doesn’t need a parliamentary resolution to be the king of our hearts.
These lawmakers would do better to look after their constitutional prerogatives and let religious institutions and the Church do our work.
Since then, the politicians and the Episcopate appear to have had a change of heart.
A wee spat has now erupted on Reddit Catholicism, where one commenter, “Turbolamer”, pointed out that the report of Jesus being made King of Poland originated from Gazeta.pl, and is a lie:
Gazeta.pl is a left-wing, anti-church news source. I’m not 100% sure but I think the statement ‘King of Poland’ is false and misleading. The event seems to be about accepting him ‘as a King’, not ‘as a King of Poland.
“Turbolamer” provided a more reliable link to the Episcopate’s own statement regarding the matter.
Zenon Czosnek hit back, saying that the Episcopate statement reads :
We profess in face of God and Earth, that we need your rule. We profess, that you and only you have holy rights to us that never expired. Therefore with humility we bend our heads to you, The Lord of the Universe, and we recognize your rule over Poland and our whole nation, that lives in the motherland and away in the wide world.
Hereby Poland in 1050 anniversary of it’s baptism, solemnly recognized the rule of Jesus Christ.
So your claim that Gazeta.pl is lying about Jesus being officially recognized as King of Poland is quite hard to defend … in this case, there is nothing wrong with that news item. Jesus was officially recognized as King of Poland, and Episcopate has changed opinion about that in recent years, probably due to the fact that the idea became quite popular amongst part of Polish Catholics, and nobody in Poland cares about people who are non-Catholics.
As for example, I happen to be a non-Catholic, and while I consider the whole affair to be little ridiculous, this is my private opinion and I don’t try to impose it on others. But I am not happy that someone thinks it’s appropriate to act on my behalf and recognizing a rule of anyone over me or my country.
I do believe that Catholic Church has too much influence in Poland as it is, and I am not happy about it.
The only comfort is the fact that … the plan will only work if the recognition of Jesus as King of Poland will be supported by ‘complete rejection of sin and turning towards God’, and I am not planning on any of such things. So sorry for spoiling your cunning plan, but, let me quote a classic on that, ‘I didn’t vote for him’.