The president of the Democratic Coalition believes that it is taboo to talk about churches in Hungary.
Photo: Ferenc Gyurcsány, the faction leader of the DK, speaks before the agenda(s) at the plenary session of the Parliament on May 16, 2022. MTI/Tibor Illyés
Can churches be criticized?
– asked the question on his social media page.
He believes that the current government strongly rejects so-called political taboos and politically correct speech.
According to him, these taboos embody the liberal dictatorship of opinion, and at the same time, they represent an ideological limitation of the confession of national, conservative thought.
he added in his post.
It seems to many that in our country, the most taboos surround the churches, the social situation of the churches, their role, their tasks or even their privileges, as well as the new evangelization process supported by state aid and countless public funds
– he said. As he writes, “even the mere mention of the above is considered hostile, ungodly behavior, for which political cursing, stigmatization, and the dehumanization of the accused are the least punishments.”
The church is a union of two worlds. On the one hand, the church means the “invisible church”, the church of the soul, the heavenly church, which is the community of saints. But the church is also the visible church, the human community sharing the faith, the secular institution which, as we have known since St. Augustine, consists of saints and sinners. If the human community is also a part of the church, then by definition imperfection, error, sin and evil belong to the church. Man can often fulfill the divine mission only partially and imperfectly
He believes that “it is precisely because of the above that the life of the church (all churches) was accompanied by countless disputes and serious conflicts, and this is why church divisions and schisms occurred, and this is why new and new churches and denominations were born, which were also in continuous disputes with each other, and the common tradition, the revealed word of God, was interpreted differently”.
Ferenc Gyurcsány believes that it is not possible to express an opinion regarding the churches.
Does the abolition of taboos apply to the free assessment of the functioning of churches? Why can’t lay society express an opinion even about these secular, ancient institutions that are managed and led by people? (..) Is it OK that some church institutions receive different discounts that are not due to other institutions? (..) Can it be disputed that, in the eyes of many, the largest Christian churches seem to be institutions of state power, the ideological resources of this worldly power, rather than merciful guardians of man created by God?
As he writes, the above are only questions, not statements.
But may I ask? Is it allowed to argue, is it allowed to formulate critical comments against the secular way of life of institutions that are hundreds or even two thousand years old? Or does the mere raising of questions make one anti-church?
Because if so, then how can we understand Orbán’s frequently repeated position that if the discussion of certain things is not allowed, i.e. taboo, then it is because of the liberal dictatorship of opinion? So would there also be a conservative, Christian, Orbán opinion dictatorship?
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Source: Propeller – Saját anyagok by propeller.hu.
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