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Pope’s comment on the war was unfortunate: Polish FM

Many statements in the history of the Church were rather unfortunate and Pope Francis’ comment certainly belongs in this category, said Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. He was referring to the pope’s remark about the reason behind the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the conduct of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and his Czech counterpart Jan Lipavsky gave a joint press conference on Thursday. Rau was asked for a response to the statement recently made by Pope Francis, who expressed readiness to meet with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. According to the pope, “NATO barking at Russia’s door” may have been one of the factors that motivated the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Putin’s conduct. “I can’t say if (Russia’s) anger was provoked,” he said, “but facilitated, maybe yes.”

“Catholics know that the dogma of papal infallibility was established by the First Vatican Council in 1870. The pope’s infallibility is limited to the matters of theology,” said Rau. He stressed that as the Polish minister of foreign affairs he agreed with this dogma wholeheartedly, but also pointed out that the pope’s comment was one of many unfortunate statements in the history of the Catholic Church.


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