A meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and a Polish priest accused of anti-Semitic statements has caused a public relations problem for the Vatican.
In an effort to put the matter to rest, the Vatican issued a one-sentence statement saying that the session consisted of only a "kiss on the hand," and that it did not signify a change in the position of the Holy See, The New York Times reported Friday.
Jewish groups in both Europe and the United States have denounced the pope's meeting Sunday with the Rev. Tadeusz Rydzyk, director Radio Maryja, a Polish media group whose broadcasts are considered anti-Semitic.
In a speech last spring, Father Rydzyk accused Jews of being greedy and accused the Polish government of bowing to the "Jewish lobby."
Father Rydzyk issued an apology after a transcript of his speech was published last month.
"We hope to see the Vatican strongly condemn the anti-Semitism that is still spread today by Radio Maryja," said Richard Prasquier, vice president of the European Jewish Congress.
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