The bishops did not cite any examples in their statement, but it followed a high-profile incident in July in which protesters attached a rainbow flag to a historic statue of Christ in the capital, Warsaw.
Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw described the incident outside of the city's Holy Cross Church as a "desecration" that "caused pain to believers, parishioners of the Holy Cross Church and many residents of the capital."
During their meeting at Jasna Góra last week, the bishops issued a 27-page document urging Catholics to respect people who identify as LGBT+ but not to accept their views uncritically. The text, entitled "Position of the Polish Bishops' Conference on LGBT+," also condemned verbal and physical violence against people associated with the LGBT+ movement.
At their Aug. 27-29 gathering, the bishops also marked the 30th anniversary of the return of religion lessons to Polish schools following the collapse of communism. They discussed the present state of religious education, as well as the proper preparation and formation of catechists.
The bishops also addressed the clerical abuse scandals that have rocked the Church in recent years. They received an update on the work of the St. Joseph Foundation, which they established in 2019 to support abuse survivors.
In March 2019, the bishops announced that nearly 400 Polish priests were accused of sexual abuse of minors between 1990 and 2018.