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Rydzyk Misses Out
February 6, 2008   
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The Higher School of Social and Media Culture (WSKSiM) in Toruń has been crossed off the list of key projects eligible for supplementary funding from the EU. Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, who heads the school, has branded the move "yet another repressive measure." The controversial Redemptorist priest, best known as the founder and director of the radical Catholic station Radio Maryja, says the ministerial decision is "consistent with Poland's liberal-leftist decision-making."

"I think this is also a warning for Catholics and for people of the Church. Don't be deceived. Just because they have hit on us today, it doesn't mean they won't hit on you or your nearest and dearest tomorrow. That's why we need to mobilize," Rydzyk said on Radio Maryja.

The government recently reviewed 433 projects worth an estimated zl.166.4 billion with possible supplementary funding estimated at zl.104.8 billion. This resulted in a 49-percent reduction in the number of projects, freeing up almost zl.30 billion for others selected by competition.

The minister of regional development, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, said that the WSKSiM was one of the projects removed from the list. "This is a decision based on merit and Father Rydzyk's school did not fulfill the criteria," Bieńkowska said. Under the previous government, the WSKSiM had been placed on an "indicative" list of projects under the Infrastructure and Environment operational program. The school was to have received 15.3 million euros to set up an advanced technology incubator.
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