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Rydzyk's College Loses Out
January 16, 2008   
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The new government headed by the Civic Platform (PO) party has removed a college owned by Fr. Tadeusz Rydzyk, the controversial head of the ultra-Catholic Radio Maryja broadcaster, from a list of projects the Ministry of Science and Higher Education recommends for EU subsidies.

As a result, the Social and Media Culture College in Toruń, northern Poland, will lose out on 15.3 million euros in EU funds for a project called a "modern technologies incubator."

"Instead of being grateful and supportive, the minister of science and higher education is being repressive," Rydzyk said of the ministry's decision. "The actions I have mentioned are reminiscent of totalitarian methods of occupying authorities. Destructive acts are being committed under a veneer of mercy." Rydzyk added that after the previous science and higher education minister had signed a preliminary agreement with the college, the school had spent considerable money on compiling documentation on the planned incubator. "Agreements signed by state institutions should be fulfilled regardless of which party is in government," Rydzyk said.

Deputy parliamentary Speaker Stefan Niesiołowski of the ruling Civic Platform (PO) hit back by calling Rydzyk "a deceitful anti-priest and a cynical oligarch."

"He propagates anti-Semitic slogans and his blasphemously named radio station is really a problem for the Church," Niesiołowski said.
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