CNA Staff, Mar 4, 2021 / 13:00 pm
Catholic bishops in the Polish Diocese of Płock expressed "pain and sadness" on Wednesday at the verdict in Poland's "rainbow halo" trial.
In a March 3 statement, the three bishops said they did not agree with a court ruling that three activists who distributed images depicting the revered Black Madonna icon with a rainbow halo were not guilty of offending religious feelings.
"It is with pain and sadness that we have accepted the verdict of the District Court in Płock, dated March 2, 2021, in the case concerning the profanation of the image of Our Lady of Częstochowa in our city, in April 2019," they said.
"We note that the actions involved in the court proceedings clearly violated the social order and -- in their essence -- contradict the idea of tolerance claimed by the perpetrators."