Miloslav Cardinal Vlk † Miloslav Cardinal Vlk †
Former Archbishop of Praha, Czechia
Cardinal Priest of S Croce in Gerusalemme
May 17, 1932
Nov 26, 1994
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English Radical religious groups connected with extremists
Oct 05, 2006
Czech Catholic bishops believe that certain radical religious groups in the country, shielding themselves with Christianity and the Catholic Church, are connected with foreign reps of political extremism, both abroad and at home, but police said today they have no such information.

Prague, Sept 22 ( - According to the press centre of the Czech Bishops´ Conference, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk recently spoke about extremism with the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors to the Czech Republic and with Rabbi Karol Sidon.

The church has nothing in common with these streams, Vlk, Primate of the Czech Catholic Church, told them in this connection.

Vlk said he believes that the radicals are connected with representatives of nationalism, anti-Semitism, Islamism and neo-Nazism, as well as with American fundamentalists.

The fundamentalists, he said, introduce at their lectures in the Czech Republic the anti-American spirit and train extremist groups in the country.

He said these groups draw from American sources not only ideological inspiration, but probably also financial support.

Catholic bishops, who dealt with links between radical groups in the church and politics and with sympathies of certain Catholic circles with extremism in the spring already, mention the ultra-right Lipovy kriz (Linden Cross) association, the National Unification party and others.

The bishops link extremist thinking mainly with the international Lefebvrist movement that, according to Vlk, has separated from the church, but presents itself as its voice.

One of those who spread radical ideas is according to the bishops the Te Deum journal that the church does not consider to be Catholic.

Its editorial board protested through CTK today against the accusations of sympathies for "anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism and Islamism."

Michal Semin and Martin Cejka from the journal said that Vlk´s words are based on "the ill will to socially ostracise the Catholics who point to the negative consequences of liberalisation processes in the Catholic Church" that according to them result in the decreasing numbers of believers, clergymen as well as laymen.
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