Poland to fund private college run by controversial priest

WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s conservative, pro-Catholic government says it plans to help finance a college founded by a controversial priest who also runs Radio Maryja, a station that has been reprimand by the Vatican for fomenting anti-Semitism.

Members of the ruling Law and Justice party say Friday they want to earmark 20 million zlotys ($4.9 million) from this year’s budget for Father Tadeusz Rydzyk’s College of Social and Media Culture in Torun, which offers degrees in journalism and other subjects.

Andrzej Jaworski, head of the parliamentary finance committee, said Friday the school had been “completely neglected and ignored” by the country’s previous leaders.

Law and Justice swept to victory in an October election thanks in part to the positive coverage given to the party by Radio Maryja.