POLAND: Sermons from A Native Son

Sermons from A Native Son

When Pope John Paul II last toured Poland in 1987, he was greeted by cheering throngs eager to demonstrate both the depth of their Roman Catholic faith and their contempt for the communist regime in Warsaw. Last week John Paul paid his first visit to his homeland since the collapse of communist rule. This time the crowds were smaller and more muted, while the Pope's message was aimed not at repression but at the danger of unchecked freedom.

In sermons based on the Ten Commandments, John Paul denounced excessive materialism, divorce, contraception and the separation of church and state, imploring Poles...

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