Fifteen-year-old Jakub Baryła standing his ground, crucifix in hand, as LGBT advocates march in a gay pride parade in Poland.
The photo from last week in Plock is already becoming iconic of the battle for the heart and soul of Poland, the clash between Catholicism and what Abp. Marek Jędraszewski is calling the Rainbow Plague infecting the country.
LGBT ideology has been making inroads in Poland over the last year, but the past several months has seen an onslaught of ideological attacks, with blasphemous gay pride parades multiplying, often resulting in vandalism of Catholic churches and assaults against priests.
Says Jerzy Kwaśniewski, head of Ordo Iuris, a conservative legal center in Poland, "There is no week in which we do not receive reports of another desecration, destruction of Church property or harassment against someone in the workplace for confessing their faith."
And the attacks are being helped by traitors inside the Catholic Church, known in war time as a so-called fifth column.
Father Gregorz Kramer, a Polish Jesuit, blasted the 15-year-old boy for using "holiness to fight with other people."
And notorious American Jesuit Fr. James Martin falsely characterized Abp. Jędraszewski as attacking gays, tweeting:
LGBTQ people are not Nazis. They are not fascists. They are not Communists. They are not Bolsheviks. And people don't "become" LGBTQ because of an "ideology." Imagine being a young gay Catholic growing up in Poland and hearing this kind of language spoken by a church leader. Polish faithful are mobilizing, countering the lies, a group of 5,000 rallying to the defense of their archbishop over the weekend, defending both him and Poland's Catholic heritage.
This year marks nearly a century since the Battle of Warsaw, a critical victory that beat back the Red Plague of Communism. Today, another crucial battle — against the Rainbow Plague of homosexual ideology. Whether Poland claims victory in this battle rests on the courage and resolve of the Polish people.