Poland’s religious right digs in heels over divisive cross | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 12.08.2010
Supporters of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s Law and Justice Party have remained defiant in their vigil at the site of a cross erected in memory of their late hero - despite calls from church leaders to allow its removal.
Those loyal to the former president see him as defender of Polish Roman Catholic values and say that the cross should remain outside the presidential palace in a Warsaw square until a more permanent structure is found for the site.
Church officials have said that it is time for supporters to give up the fight - warning that they are being manipulated for political, not religious, reasons.
Secularists say the palace is not the place for a cross”To all those who pray at the cross we must say that - despite their good intentions - they are being exploited for political purposes. We urge everyone to make the transfer of the cross possible,” press secretary for the Polish Episcopate, Bishop Stanislaw Budzik, told reporters in Warsaw on Thursday.
The palace, now occupied by President Bronislaw Komorowski, unveiled a plaque on Thursday commemorating the tragedy on the facade of a side-wing to the building.