The radio station that everyone loves to hate (apart from a million anomic Poles, and the Polish government) is 15 years old this month.
“I'm standing here with the feeling that I'm taking part in something important. I'm taking part in the 15th anniversary of an institution ... that has played a great role in Poland's history," said Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski last week.
The Polish government is in the middle of a ‘moral revolution’, which ‘would not be possible without the Radio Maryja family’, Kaczynski gushed.
But what have others said in the past about Radio Maryja and father of the family, Father Tadeusz Rydzyk?
The papal nuncio in Poland, Archbishop Jozef Kowalczyuk, wrote to the Polish episcopate requesting their aid "to overcome difficulties caused by some transmissions and the views presented by Radio Maryja".
The Vatican has issued a serious warning to 'stay out of politics'.
The Polish Council for Media Ethics referred to the station's "primitive anti-Semitism".
A report in 2000 by Tel Aviv University began: “The popular Catholic nationalist radio station Radio Maryja is still the most influential source of anti-Semitic propaganda in Poland.”
Last surviving member of the Warsaw Ghetto, Marek Edelman, accused Maryja of broadcasting openly anti-Semitic comments.
The recently retired Archbishop Jozef Glemp charged Radio Maryja with promoting a specific type of religiousness, a selective approach to Church teachings and regarding itself as the only true church.
So what kind of ‘moral revolution’ will Radio Maryja be helping the Polish government in, exactly?
Happy 15th birthday Maryja! Sto lat, sto lat...
As a special birthday treat watch a 1 min 30 second video of how the peace loving, moral revolutionaries from Radio Maryja’s listenership react when they find out that the camera filming them is from the much hated TVN 24 round the clock cable news station. See video here