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Sanok. The priest appealed during mass to “look carefully” at a specific candidate

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During the Holy Mass, the parish priest of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Sanok told the parishioners who they should vote for in the second round of elections for the mayor of Sanok (Podkarpackie Voivodeship). He appealed to residents to “look carefully at the name” of the current mayor. In an interview with tvn24.pl, the priest said that he “said what he felt.” – Priests should not indicate specific candidates – comments the spokesman of the Archdiocese of Przemyśl.

Sanok in Podkarpacie will face an electoral overtime in which mayor Tomasz Matuszewski (non-partisan, KW Łączy nas Sanok) who is running for re-election will face off, who won 30.31% in the first round of local elections. support and Sławomir Miklicz (member of PO, KWW Democrats of the Sanok Land), who won the first round with a result of 35.99%. support.

The priest supported a specific candidate

The situation that outraged some parishioners took place on Sunday, April 14, a week after the first round of local elections in the parish of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Sanok, Dąbrówka. As residents inform us, during the pastoral announcements, the parish priest referred to the results of the first round of elections, indicated who he voted for and appealed to “take a good look at” Tomasz Matuszewski, who is running for re-election, in the election runoff on April 21.

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“The voters of Dąbrówka failed a bit when it came to appreciating the attitude and commitment of the current mayor, Tomasz Matuszewski, to our district, so I also wondered what it was like when so many good things had been done in our district,” said the parish priest during Sunday's mass.

He further listed several investments carried out in Dąbrówka in the previous term by the team of the mayor running for re-election: “He was very much involved in our parish, in our district and I also thought that most of us here would vote for him. I'll admit it, I voted for him.” at him, because I have seen and see how many good things have been done here,” the priest admitted.

He reminded that next Sunday, April 21, there will be an electoral run-off in Sanok, and – although indirectly – he told the residents who they should vote for.

“There will now be a second vote (…). I think – this is my opinion – this is not a political agitation, just express gratitude to the man who went to Warsaw, asked for this money for our district and everything happened here positively, so when you vote for the second time, please look carefully at the name Tomasz Matuszewski,” said the parish priest.

“I'm sorry for these comments, but I had to say it because I am also part of this parish and I live here,” he added.

During mass, the priest encouraged people to vote for a specific candidate We received the recording from a parishioner

“I said what I felt”

The parish priest of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Sanok, Michał Błaszkiewicz, in an interview with tvn24.pl confirmed that he discussed the topic of local government elections in Sanok during the mass. He also did not hide the fact that he was talking about a specific candidate from the pulpit.

– I said what I had to say without any anger, without anger, without attracting attention. I am the parish priest here and I am also responsible for the situation in the parish – he said in an interview with tvn24.pl.

He also added that this election speech was his private initiative. – I told you what the mayor initiated and what he did. Several streets are tidy and we can function here safely, move around and no one will break a leg because there are holes. Even here on the avenue of St. Mary, which runs behind our church, at the last minute the mayor managed to find some funds and renovated the road. I recalled these facts. We owe this to him and it should be appreciated – explained the parish priest.

He also emphasized that he did not appeal to residents to vote for a specific candidate, but only “said what he felt.” – I didn't lie, I just said what I felt. I didn't say “vote for him”. Let everyone decide for themselves, he concluded.

“Priests should not indicate specific candidates”

Father Bartosz Rajnowski, press spokesman of the Archdiocese of Przemyśl, under which the parish of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Sanok falls, admitted in an interview with tvn24.pl that he had not seen the recording, so he did not want to comment on its content and the parish priest's appeal for support in the electoral runoff in Sanok. specific candidate.

When asked generally whether the church should be a place for political agitation, he replied: – The church has the right to speak also on social issues, but priests should not indicate specific candidates.

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