Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén, the modern St. Sebastian

It was two weeks ago that I wrote, in connection with Géza Jeszenszky’s controversial textbook:

 I am constantly amazed that quite a few Hungarians have several degrees in entirely different fields. An M.A. in history, another in sociology, and a third in psychology. Sometimes they seem to be studying these subjects simultaneously in different cities, which I find especially intriguing. Then there are all those members of parliament who are concurrently studying full time, usually law.

With growing apprehension I kept asking myself how this is possible. Are Hungarians so much smarter than American undergraduates and graduate students? I doubted it. But perhaps the story of Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén’s degrees in theology and sociology might shed some light on this double and triple degree phenomenon so prevalent in Hungary.

On Sunday HVG came out with a bombshell: the reporters of the publication discovered that Zsolt Semjén’s doctoral dissertation in theology (1991) at the Péter Pázmány Catholic University and his senior paper (szakdolgozat) in sociology at Eötvös Loránd University or ELTE (1992) are not only on the same topic; the latter is merely an abbreviated version of the former with the exception of a handful of pages. But that is not the only problem. A careful study of the original doctoral dissertation disclosed that about 40% of the text is only a slight reworking of other, mostly popular works on Semjén’s chosen topic.

The Hungarian humor machine began:
“Don’t worry my son …
We have been copying the Bible for centuries”

Semjén wrote about the New Age movement that came into being in the second half of the twentieth century. The movement is described as “drawing on both Eastern and Western spiritual and metaphysical traditions and infusing them with influences from self-help and motivational psychology, holistic health, parapsychology, consciousness research and quantum physics.” Semjén’s aim was to find Catholic answers to the challenges of this movement.

Although the dissertation, unlike Pál Schmitt’s thesis, does have some footnotes, about 40% of the text is either a verbatim copy or a slightly rewritten version of earlier published texts. Moreover, the books he used are not serious scientific treatises but books written for the general public. And there is another problem. Semjén uses several German-language sources when he purports to know only English. And his English cannot be that great either since he translated “Lying Spirits” as “prostrate spirits / fekvő lelkek” instead of “hazug lelkek.” (You see, Viktor, English is a difficult language.) Occasionally Semjén can’t even copy properly, or perhaps he has problems understanding some of the concepts he is dealing with. For example, he mixed up “panentheism” and “pantheism.” Panentheism is a belief system which posits that the divine interpenetrates every part of nature and timelessly extends beyond it while pantheism holds that the divine is synonymous with the universe.

According to HVG, Semjén’s main source was Helmuth von Glasenapp’s book on the five world religions, which was translated into Hungarian in 1975. Another work he relied on was one of Stefan Üblacknemek’s articles, “Der Traum vom ‘New Age’,” that appeared in a German Catholic magazine entitled Stadt Gottes published by a Roman Catholic religious congregation, the Divine Word Missionaries. Anyone who would like to compare the original texts with Semjén’s version can look at a very thorough article dealing with the case. Semjén’s plagiarism is certainly more sophisticated than Pál Schmitt’s was at the College of Physical Education. Semjén occasionally changes the word order or tries to find synonyms.

Another source was an English-language work that appeared in 1988: The Encyclopedia of the Occult–A Compendium of Information on the Occult Sciences, Occult Personalities, Psychic Science, Magic, Spiritism and Mysticism by Lewis Spence. The definitions that Semjén borrowed from the encyclopedia are direct translations of the original English text.

Zsolt Semjén passed his doctoral defense summa cum laude although since then it came to light that his adviser and reader were not really satisfied with his performance.

The afterlife of this modest doctoral dissertation is also interesting. Since the introduction of the bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees, this particular degree is no longer being granted in Hungary. However, a degree holder could ask the university that granted the doctoral degree to take a second look at his dissertation; if the readers found it worthy, the degree could be converted into a real Ph.D. Semjén’s dissertation was deemed of such high quality that Semjén today is the proud holder of the highest academic honor. He is a doctor of philosophy.

But this is not the end of the story. While Semjén was studying theology at the Catholic University he was also enrolled as a student of sociology at ELTE. His senior paper (szakdolgozat) not surprisingly was also about the New Age movement. It is 51 pages long, and 32-33 pages were copied straight out of the doctoral dissertation written for another university. The title of this essay was “An attempt at a definition of New Age.” There are about eight pages that are new in this sociological study. They came from Lothar Gassmann who is described as an evangelist who wrote 70 some books, all in German. The book Semjén used was translated into Hungarian (New Age: Jön az egységes világvallás / New Age: Coming of the new universal world religion).

The Prime Minister’s Office immediately released a statement pointing out that “the works used had been cited” in the bibliography. I guess the head of the press department of the Prime Minister’s Office has to say something, but plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as “wrongful appropriation,” “close imitation,”or “purloining and publication of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expression,” and representing them as one’s own original work.

Different academic institutions define the concept of plagiarism in different ways. Stanford, for example, see plagiarism as “the use, without giving reasonable and appropriate credit to or acknowledging the author or source, of another person’s original work, whether such work is made up of code, formulas, ideas, language, research, strategies, writing or other form.” Yale views plagiarism as “the use of another’s work, words, or ideas without attribution” which includes “using a source’s language without quoting, using information from a source without attribution, and paraphrasing a source in a form that stays too close to the original.” By any of these definitions a large portion of  Semjén’s dissertation can be considered to be plagiarized.

Semjén’s Christian Democratic friends in parliament today naturally attacked HVG, describing it as a successor to Nero and Diocletian. István Pálffy (KDNP) claimed that while these two bloodthirsty emperors used lions to kill Christians, HVG is is using the pen to target the new Saint Sebastian, Zsolt Semjén. Undersecretary Bence Rétvári, also member of KDNP, agreed. The persecution of Christians is taking place all over in Europe. Airlines don’t allow their employees to wear crosses on chains around their necks and crosses are removed from schools. The attack on Zsolt Semjén is a kind of persecution of Christians.

The poor persecuted Zsolt Semjén did very well “academically” since his graduation from Pázmány and ELTE. Since 1996 he has been teaching as an “honorary” associate professor at Péter Pázmány Catholic University. This honorary professorship was a new concept for me, but I came to the conclusion that an “honorary” professor is someone who is not really qualified as a full-fledged academic, perhaps along the lines of an adjunct professor. He also became an “honorary” full professor at University of Óbuda. He became a member of the Department of Philosophy and History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research fields include the relationship between church and state, the social teachings of the Catholic Church, and New Age religions. He is a member of the Hungarian Sociological Association, an honorary member of the St. Stephen Academy, and a full member of the Pontificia Accademia Tiberina. Not bad. We will see what happens now. As we know, HVG is persistent. It took months but Pál Schmitt had to go.

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38 comments

  1. I am not sure what is more disgraceful for Hungary to have such people in high positions with such low morals, or to have people blabbing about worry about the against the Christians non-sense (probably the Jews and the liberals are behind of this), and by even suggesting this, they divide Hungary even further. If they would be such good Christian they would be the one to throw this garbage out amongst them. By protecting any of these people, they are clearly sending out a message that every single one of them are the same. I just want to point out, that I do have many good Christian friends who worked very hard on their degrees, and these cheaters are the ones who took away the opportunity from them.

  2. It always saddens me how un-Christian these so-called ‘Christians’ are in their behaviour.

    If Christ was actually in his grave, he would be spinning faster than the Hadron Collider.

  3. “You shall not steal”. Oh, well. He probably missed this part while he was studying theology. But he still got the 90% of the commandaments right. This is good in country where he represents the 66% …

    That garbage he calls dissertation is a fascinating read. It can be downloaded from the governments web site. Each page was scanned into an individual pdf file so the archive will yield 147 files. Just shows how technical the Orban regime is. Geniuses everywhere … Here is the link:

    http://www.kormany.hu/hu/miniszterelnokseg/hirek/nem-plagium-hanem-provokacio

    So you poor English speaking blog readers, you really have to learn Hungarian – because your missing the great fun. Just one example from Semjen’s opus: the Rolling Stones promoting satanism. Let me quote.

    “One sad example [of the satanism in rock music] is the famous-infamous Rolling Stones. Their concerts promise apocalyptic experiences. Their singer, Mick Jagger, tries to incite hysteria as a sex symbol (at least according to their followers). Not without success. The whole phenomenon is very alarming but considering the lyrics of their songs is not surprising. Very typical representation of this is one of their top hits the Sympathy For The Devil.”

    (This is on page 78 which is 078.pdf. Feel free to correct my kitchen sink translation).

    I believe everybody who knows the song and speaks English knows that the song has nothing to do with satanism. In Hungary the mistranslation of the word “sympathy” is very common. The word “szimpatikus” in Hungarian means something you actually like.

    Very typical how this coward Semjen reacted to the news. He tried to drag his teachers, like professor Bolberitz, into it, saying they helped him to research. I know professor Paul Bolberitz personally and I’m pretty sure he does not think that a 40% copy-paste job is research.

    PS: I have to admit it was phenomenal watching the trim Mick Jagger a few years ago, shaking his butt a few yards from me in the Redskins stadium … Oh, my …

  4. Where is the best Hungarian university listed at? 350th? Is it any surprise?
    Poseurs and liars–a national characteristic. Now I understand why, all those many years back, my father’s fellow Hungarian electricians in Ottawa took their lunch in a leather briefcase. Ahem. Magyars!
    It’s to laugh…

  5. Paul :
    It always saddens me how un-Christian these so-called ‘Christians’ are in their behaviour.</p
    If Christ was actually in his grave, he would be spinning faster than the Hadron Collider.

    Paul, this is exactly what I wanted to say. This hypocritical behaviour is extremely pathetic.Now, Semjén and his followers are really desperate to play it down.
    I am surprised at Hiller’s (former socialist education minister) opinion . He said this whole thing is not worth dealing with as this is or was a general practice at Hungarian universities.
    It is shameful to say the least.

  6. As a former teacher in a post-high school institution in Budapest, I can attest that many, many a smirking student engages in plagiarism. If you confront them on it, their attitude is usually “What’s the big deal?” When I lectured my students on how I would not tolerate plagiarism, not one of them understood what the word meant. (In Hungarian!)

    At least two Hungarian graduate students have hired me to help them plagiarize their theses. The original idea was, they wanted help writing in English, but it turned out that they wanted me to help them copy from academic texts and cover their tracks.

    I also know a PhD candidate who accidentally left part of her unfinished doctorate on a public computer at the university where she teaches. A few weeks later, two of her undergraduate students handed in a word-for-word copy of a few pages from her own dissertation! It turned out somebody had found the text and uploaded it to a website that students visit to find plagiarizable materials. She was furious, but ultimately took no action against the offenders.

    What amazes me is, if you ask Hungarians about their characteristics as a nation, “intellect” is usually among the top three on the list. It is no accident that nearly all of Hungary’s much-ballyhooed Nobel Prize winners won their prizes after having emigrated to other countries.

  7. Cherry17 :

    Paul :
    It always saddens me how un-Christian these so-called ‘Christians’ are in their behaviour.</p
    If Christ was actually in his grave, he would be spinning faster than the Hadron Collider.

    Paul, this is exactly what I wanted to say. This hypocritical behaviour is extremely pathetic.Now, Semjén and his followers are really desperate to play it down.
    I am surprised at Hiller’s (former socialist education minister) opinion . He said this whole thing is not worth dealing with as this is or was a general practice at Hungarian universities.
    It is shameful to say the least.

    Cherry 17 – Hiller’s attitude is not surprising in the least. I have discussed this topic with a number of Hungarian academic, and most of them simply shrug and say “ez van.” I’m sure many of Hiller’s cohorts in the MSZP acquired their degrees through similar means.

  8. I shall never forget a class of secondary-school teachers I was once training in Budapest. Just before the end-of-course exam, they all approached me, one-by-one, after class.

    Despite not having done any work during the course, not turning up on time, and having a shockingly immature attitude towards studying anything seriously, each teacher expressed their dearest wish that they wouldn’t fail the exam, and how much they wanted to get their certificate at the end. One suddenly offered to give me a lift home to save me having to take the tram. One even offered me a nice bottle of Becherovka.

  9. Oh, and this school wasn’t in some run-down, lower-class part of the city – it was in Rozsadomb. It was quite an expensive course.

  10. Bowen :
    Oh, and this school wasn’t in some run-down, lower-class part of the city – it was in Rozsadomb. It was quite an expensive course.

    No surprise. The parvenu ruling class of Rozsadomb and especially their children flaunt their ignorance (personal experience at a private high school there).

    There are no longer entrance exams at the universities. If your high school gives you all A’s,
    you will get into a university. So the rich send their children to private high schools, where they surely get good grades without any academic effort in return for the hefty tuition.

  11. tappanch :

    There are no longer entrance exams at the universities. If your high school gives you all A’s,
    you will get into a university. So the rich send their children to private high schools, where they surely get good grades without any academic effort in return for the hefty tuition.

    High school grades matter little at Yale when it comes to admission. High school teachers’ recommendations ditto. The former are unreliable: in some schools A’s mean nothing but at other C’s do. As for those recommendations, they all start with “X.Y. was the best student I have had in twenty-five years of teaching.”

  12. I should have added to my earlier note on Yale admission policy is that besides SAT scores there are many other considerations: male-female ratio, geographic distribution, scientists v. students of the arts and social sciences, musicians for the Yale orchestra, etc. etc. They want a diversified student body.

  13. Eva S. Balogh :

    I should have added to my earlier note on Yale admission policy that besides SAT scores there are many other considerations: male-female ratio, geographic distribution, a fair representation of minorities, scientists v. students of the arts and social sciences, musicians for the Yale orchestra, etc. etc. They want a diversified student body.

  14. I love how they try to defend the stolen good by saying things like (on the government portal from all the places!):
    “In Hungary it was a novel theme at the time. Nobody in Hungary dealt with these questions, hence there was no Hungarian literature available on the subject yet.”
    So, what they are really saying is that if something is not available in Hungary it is OK t steal it. But again, this is something that Fidesz takes at heart for sure. Maybe they will put it in the Constitution. THe Chinese already had a great system for copying great products and make huge profits on it, so maybe that is also I thing Orban learned from his favourite leader.
    Still, I do not find an explanation on how is it possible to earn a few degrees with almost identical texts on various subjects, but I am sure the explanation is coming up.

    @ Mutt, yepp, Mick Jagger live is still an experience. Makes me believe that I am not so old after all. Neil Young is the other one who still blows your mind on a concert. Maybe they made pact with the Devil. I should write a dissertation on that one, and mainly take Semjen’s text. I would provide a reference to him, and then no stopping until I get a phd.

  15. Bowen :
    Oh, and this school wasn’t in some run-down, lower-class part of the city – it was in Rozsadomb. It was quite an expensive course.

    IBS, by any chance?

    Dude, I’m shocked and surprised that all you got offered was a bottle. At least one of my female students had other goodies in mind for me.

  16. AGK :

    Bowen :
    Oh, and this school wasn’t in some run-down, lower-class part of the city – it was in Rozsadomb. It was quite an expensive course.

    IBS, by any chance?
    Dude, I’m shocked and surprised that all you got offered was a bottle. At least one of my female students had other goodies in mind for me.

    Not IBS, no. These were actual teachers, in their 40s and 50s. So, alcohol and free lifts were perhaps all they felt they could offer.

  17. Summarizing it all: The worst part is not that there are crooks in Hungary, as many other countries have them, but that there are no other civilized country on the world that stands up for them, especially not on the official government portal. In other, civilized countries, when something like this happens, the government stays objective, right away distances itself from the individual until the QUALIFIED authorities make their decision. THis serve many purposes, not at last, that the upcoming generation will learn that even accusations are taken seriously, so it is not worth to try to cheat, steal or plagiarize.
    In Hungary, it works this way: If you are in the camp of the government they will back you up does not matter what, from the moment the first accusation is uttered until the minute you resign and even after, but if you are in opposition, well then even before any accusations are uttered, they will come up with their own, they will throw mud all over you, and put tax payers money in the smear campaign that will discredit you,

  18. “The PHD of Mr. Semjén is rightful” says Pázmány University spokesperson.

    Those who don’t live in Hungary, Pázmány Catholic University does not have an international reputation to protect and does not have enrolled foreign students who bring serious money (i.e. it is most assuredly not a Semmelweis University).

    Pázmány U. has a constituency of one, and it is coincidentally Mr. Semjén. The university and the Catholic Church are heavily dependent on continuos government (taxpayer’s) money (they also received several bonus items lately).

    Semjén is their most important conduit. It is inconcieveable that Pázmány, regardless of any plagium or unethical behaviour, would take away the title and humiliate its most important and influential representative ever in any government.

    Pál Schmitt was also behaving like a crazy person, noone took him seriously. Mr. Semjén is not popular, but there is no such all around dislike of him.

    So my take is that Semjén will remain, there is just too much interest in keeping him in his position.

    One more thing, in Hungary the Church has one aim: that is to survive and continue to exist. They will do anything to do so and currently this goal dictates to protect Semjén.

  19. WHat I am very curious about at this point is what Rozsa Hoffman has to say, as Hoffman is a member of the Pazmany Peter University’s Faculty

  20. Some1 :

    WHat I am very curious about at this point is what Rozsa Hoffman has to say, as Hoffman is a member of the Pazmany Peter University’s Faculty

    Sunday night she was the guest of Antónia Mészáros (ATV). She said that the whole thing is unimaginable. Semjén is one of the smartest and most educated person in whole of Hungary. Mészáros rightly pointed out that doesn’t mean that he plagiarized.

  21. Eva S. Balogh :

    Some1 :

    WHat I am very curious about at this point is what Rozsa Hoffman has to say, as Hoffman is a member of the Pazmany Peter University’s Faculty

    Sunday night she was the guest of Antónia Mészáros (ATV). She said that the whole thing is unimaginable. Semjén is one of the smartest and most educated persons in whole of Hungary. Mészáros rightly pointed out that this doesn’t necessarily mean that he didn’t plagiarize.

  22. Hey Eva, right now you’ve plagiarised yourself twice … :;

    It really seems ATV is the “one and only” opposition tv channel – I’m glad that my Hungarian relative watch it. I hope that it stays commercially successful, the other channels I’ve tried to watch are really horrible!

  23. Zengő :
    One more thing, in Hungary the Church has one aim: that is to survive and continue to exist. They will do anything to do so and currently this goal dictates to protect Semjén.

    The Church with capital C is the Catholic one, right?

    If it wants to “survive and continue to exist” then it should distance itself from politics. Mingling with the Semjen types will cause irreparable damages to the Church. Also if it needs Semjen & Co to “survive” that questions the very reasons for it’s existence. The pharisaic crowd of the KDNP will just drag it down into the mud.

  24. Eva S. Balogh :

    Eva S. Balogh :

    Some1 :
    WHat I am very curious about at this point is what Rozsa Hoffman has to say, as Hoffman is a member of the Pazmany Peter University’s Faculty

    Sunday night she was the guest of Antónia Mészáros (ATV). She said that the whole thing is unimaginable. Semjén is one of the smartest and most educated persons in whole of Hungary. Mészáros rightly pointed out that this doesn’t necessarily mean that he didn’t plagiarize.

    What does “smartest and most educated person” mean in this context? Smart because he knew how to play the system? Educated because he got several degrees for almost identical works? Smart because he did not get busted until now?
    So, Eva, my offer still stands, you pass on to me your works, I will copy and past them in a new dissertation, I will even reference your work and your references. When I get my well deserved phd, I will certainly support some causes you are passionate about. I guess this will make me “the smartest and most educated” .

  25. Mutt, did the collaboration with the communist state cause any problems for the catholic church after 1990 (or collaboration with the Nazis for that matter)? They are stronger than ever in Hungary. Nobody gives a damn about any former unethcial behaviour. They collaborate with whatever power they think will help them most. They have been existing for 2000 years and such minor matters will not affect anything when they get literaly tens of billions of HUF from the government for a very diverse set of issues.

    In addition, there will be a new agreement with the Vatican – in order to force the Hungarian state, via an international agreement (which is essentially above the constitution), to finance the church even more lavishly.

    No Socialist government will ever dare to terminate such an agreement because they don’t have the cojones (Gyula Horn was the one who concluded the current Vatican agreement in the hope that it was going to pacify the church – no such luck, the Socialist can be the most generous people on earth, the church will always hate them until eternity and campaign against them in the churches), they will shit in their pants when the church throws a hissy fit.

    More interstingly Fidesz member Zoltán Pokorni and István Hiller (a former Socialist education mininster) also think that the matter is blown up — one obviously wonders whether they also have a questionable PHD (Hiller can indeed have such a low quality document). Although MSZP may only simply display its usual impotence (partly because MSZP also have similar matters to hide and know that Fidesz can throw these in at any time – if you have butter on your head, don’t go out in the sun).

  26. The next time a major Hungarian politician issues a press release denying academic plagiarism, it will turn out to be a word-for-word copy of someone else’s press release….

  27. Zengő :
    Mutt, did the collaboration with the communist state cause any problems for the catholic church after 1990 (or collaboration with the Nazis for that matter)? They are stronger than ever in Hungary. Nobody gives a damn about any former unethcial behaviour. They collaborate with whatever power they think will help them most. They have been existing for 2000 years and such minor matters will not affect anything when they get literaly tens of billions of HUF from the government for a very diverse set of issues.

    Actually that is a very interesting point. Did any of you ever heard of Fidesz or Jobbik lobbying for the resignation of any church members who worked with the government prior 1990? I certainly did not.

  28. Some1 :

    Zengő :
    Mutt, did the collaboration with the communist state cause any problems for the catholic church after 1990 (or collaboration with the Nazis for that matter)? They are stronger than ever in Hungary. Nobody gives a damn about any former unethcial behaviour. They collaborate with whatever power they think will help them most. They have been existing for 2000 years and such minor matters will not affect anything when they get literaly tens of billions of HUF from the government for a very diverse set of issues.

    Actually that is a very interesting point. Did any of you ever heard of Fidesz or Jobbik lobbying for the resignation of any church members who worked with the government prior 1990? I certainly did not.

    Actually, one Jobbik/Fidesz supporter has asked the Lutherans to expel journalist Emilia Krug and MP Laszlo Donath from the church because they support the MSZP. (This is not 100% clear in Krug’s case. But that doesn’t seem to matter.)

    Look in the last paragraph here:

    http://www.evelet.hu/archivum/2009/11/45

  29. Zengő :
    Mutt, did the collaboration with the communist state cause any problems for the catholic church after 1990 (or collaboration with the Nazis for that matter)? They are stronger than ever in Hungary. Nobody gives a damn about any former unethcial behaviour.

    As for any other churches, it depends how do you define the “problem”. If it is the relatively empty places of worship and the fact that the believers don’t see your religion or church as moral compass in their lives, then I believe, they have a big problem at hand and it just keeps growing. On the other hand if we are talking power and money, then they have no problem at all.

    The collaboration with the communists was so widespread in all walks of life that Caths absorbed it pretty well. I mean I don’t believe that it degraded their belief in the Church.

    Collaboration with the nazis is different story. The same goes for today’s situation. They willingly collaborate with the Orban regime. A few years from now the believers will start to realize that the years when they lost their jobs, their savings, their freedom were the best years for the Catholic church. That will not be pretty but I’m not sure if the Church cares …

  30. AGK :
    Actually, one Jobbik/Fidesz supporter has asked the Lutherans to expel journalist Emilia Krug and MP Laszlo Donath from the church because they support the MSZP. (This is not 100% clear in Krug’s case. But that doesn’t seem to matter.)
    Look in the last paragraph here:
    http://www.evelet.hu/archivum/2009/11/45

    The hypocrisy. Incredible.

  31. Some1 :

    Zengő :
    Mutt, did the collaboration with the communist state cause any problems for the catholic church after 1990 (or collaboration with the Nazis for that matter)? They are stronger than ever in Hungary. Nobody gives a damn about any former unethcial behaviour. They collaborate with whatever power they think will help them most. They have been existing for 2000 years and such minor matters will not affect anything when they get literaly tens of billions of HUF from the government for a very diverse set of issues.

    Actually that is a very interesting point. Did any of you ever heard of Fidesz or Jobbik lobbying for the resignation of any church members who worked with the government prior 1990? I certainly did not.

    This brings to mind the Fidesz reticence to reveal past collaborators with the communist regime. I strongly suspect that the reason the secrecy is the culpability of Roman Catholic priests in the past….

  32. Somehow I find quite interesting, that Orban, who started up his life as Calvinist Protestant, later turned to fierce Atheist, now often kissing the ring of the Pope, and recently down on his knees in front of Catholic bishops…
    No, not for ‘that’ reason, – it supposed to show his respect…

    Is there anybody out there, who still believe anything regarding ideology to this man?

    As I hinted yesterday, it seems that once again – as a last resort – he turned to the Church, simply because he is in desperate need of trump-card, something what may move masses in his direction, because he’s ran out of other options, obviously, due to the mindless policies what they pursuing in the last couple of years.

    Conclusively, the Church will get whatever they want, because the “Great Defender of Catholicism” must have their support and the expertise what comes with.

    Hallelujah!

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