Father Tadeusz Rydzyk (Polish pronunciation: [taˈdɛuʂ ˈrɨdzɨk]), born May 3, 1945 in Olkusz, Poland, is a Roman Catholic priest and Redemptorist, founder and director of the ultraconservative Radio Maryja station, and founder of the University of Social and Medial Culture in Toruń.
Life and career
Tadeusz Rydzyk spent his childhood in Olkusz. He studied at the Higher Spiritual Seminary of Redemptorists in Tuchów, and later at the Catholic Theology Academy in Warsaw. He was ordained a priest in 1971 and taught religion in Toruń, Szczecinek and Kraków. In 1986 Fr. Rydzyk left for West Germany where he was involved with a radio station Radio Maria International in Balderschwang (later closed by the Catholic Church authorities).
Following his return to Poland in 1991, Fr. Rydzyk started Radio Maryja, the second world-wide Catholic radio station (the first being Vatican Radio). He established the nationalist newspaper Nasz Dziennik ('Our Daily') and the television station Trwam ('I Persist').
Fr. Rydzyk applied for the funds of the European Union alloted to boost Polish businesses and researchers from 2007-2013 on the grounds that his school is an "incubator for modern technology in the service of civil society."
In February 2011, Fr. Rydzyk was fined 3500 zlotys after the local district court in Toruń found that he broke the law by using Radio Maryja to call for donations to TV Trwam, the University of Social and Media Culture and the geothermal drilling conducted by the Lux Veritatis Foundation.
In June 2011, while meeting members of the European Parliament, he called Poland "an uncivilized country" and "a totalitarian regime", as well saying that it was not ruled by Poles. The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs protested against these statements and sent a diplomatic note to the Holy See, to which Catholic religious orders, including the Redemptorists, are subject.
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