third visit of pope John Paul II to Slovakia
happening has stirred the still waters of press in Slovakia, but what was most
remarkable, a host of critical voices emerged, which has been not a common
phenomenon in Slovakia since long.
of discussions to informative press releases in newspapers, and numbers of
reactions were unbelievably large. One part of them was a critique backed by
qualified evidence, but opinions tinged with emotions were not missing. Neither
were indignant voices of criticised religious fanatics missing.
Therefore we want to express the position taken by PROMETHEUS SOCIETY,
sent in a letter to the pope himself and to a host of other constitutional
officers of Slovakia
John Paul II.
September of this year you are about to make your third visit to Slovakia. The
mission of your preceding two
visits was to strengthen the religious self-respect of believers, belief in
freedom and human dignity. YOU often and repeatedly expressed words like
love, righteousness, human solidarity, fraternity, humility, and reconciliation.
Those are the words from YOUR encyclicals, and the book The Gods plan- the Ten
Commandments for the Third Century, as well.
We want to point out, that your previous visits did not bring anything
what YOU and the believers expected from them. They did not enhance the civic
consciousness of believers, did not improve their social situation, did not
bring them any improved social care and freedom, did not cause a spiritual and
moral revival of Slovakia.
of Slovakia after 1989 based on privatising meant re-establishing capitalism.
That has released all egotistic instincts; greed for ownership and a new branch
of men rolling in riches took the fate of people in their hands. YOU were coming
in Slovakia with the message of human solidarity and justice, but a very strange
justice was accomplished at the restitutions of properties, privatising, in
distributing, selling out, and larceny of all the wealth the owner of which was
in reality the nation.
words did not promote the faith in human values and human dignity, did not bring
humility and reconciliation . The invisible hand of free market, the rush for
richness, insatiable greediness deprives people of their
judgement and morals and throws them into inhumane actions. We witness
a merciless struggle for wealth (as not a fruit of one’s own labour, but of
hard work of others.) Sibling stands against his own sibling, father against his
own son, neighbours against each other, entrepreneur against entrepreneur,
knifes and pistols are ever more in use. No social justice, no equality, but
inequality are considered a natural status, or social rule. Unemployment,
restrictions in the basic social services, decline in quality of life are no
more considered social ailments, but a normal phenomenon by the structures
wielding power in Slovakia. In the framework of philosophy, that
human beings should take care of themselves, social justice has been rejected as
an obsolete myth, That is why social injustice ever more keeps down people as
the result of not even-handed distribution of the wealth and of the inherent
inequality of private ownership.
YOU came in Slovakia as the harbinger of
freedom. But even at this point YOUR message did not materialise.
human value were degraded to freedom of ownership only. We
are deeply confident, that there is no freedom without social justice. That is
the decisive matter for Slovakia and its future in the integrated Europe.
In Slovakia comparatively rapidly a rank of rich people was created, but
the majority of the society was thrown in poverty ( pensioners , unemployed, the
youth) One third of the whole community live at the margin of social life. The
economic situation ever more impairs, social problems are getting a big burden ,
the quality of life declines, including fulfilment of basic cultural needs, the
spiritual and moral crisis of the society deepens. The human interrelations are
the worst the majority of our people complain about. The plaque of greed,
mammon, money, and parasitic consume holds a strong grip of the whole society
and dissolve also the institution of family.
YOUR visits to Slovakia did not bring about
its spiritual and moral renewal. It seem to be evident that the inner world of
values both of the individual and of the society as a whole,
are shaped by much more complicated factors.
We want to address YOU having in mind the benefit of Slovakia and its
future to ponder whom YOU will bless during YOUR third visit to Slovakia. We
want to solicit for YOUR blessings to those who remained honest, who did not
burdened their lives by vast real estate properties, banks, huge warehouses,
banking accounts abroad, to bless those paupers, who were robbed of their
properties, those whom richness did not confuse their brains.
Presidium of Prometheus Society.