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Weeklies on the decline of religious faith

Monday, October 9th, 2023

A liberal commentator suggests that the number of believers is decreasing in Hungary because the message of the Gospel is less and less credible for modern people. A conservative columnist, on the other hand, invites religious leaders and thinkers to seriously analyse what has gone wrong. READ MORE

Hungarians less religious, census suggests

Saturday, September 30th, 2023

Commentators offer sharply opposing interpretations of the census data released this week. READ MORE

Christmas as a battlefield in the culture war

Monday, December 26th, 2022

Political commentators on Right and Left ponder the political and social implications of Christmas. READ MORE

PM Orbán blocks sanctions on Patriarch Kirill

Saturday, June 4th, 2022

A pro-government columnist lambasts the EU for proposing sanctions against the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. A conservative critic, on the other hand, accuses the government of whitewashing Putin’s regime. READ MORE

Eucharistic Congress opens in Budapest

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Both a pro-government and an opposition-leaning commentator recognize the importance of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress underway in Budapest, and underline that love is Christ’s number one message. The former refrains from referring to political matters, while the latter allows himself a slight hint at modern politics. READ MORE

Dispute over the use of a Christian banner

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Liberal and left-wing columnists criticize the government for displaying a flag depicting a cross on the Parliament building on August 20. Conservative commentators, on the other hand, find the critics of the flag paranoid and their comments absurd. READ MORE

Lessons of the Charlie Hebdo attack

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Commentators across the political spectrum try to assess the long-term consequences of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Among other issues, they dispute whether free speech can or should ever be constrained in order to protect religious sensibilities and avert fundamentalist violence. READ MORE

The Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Left-wing journalists contend that the Charlie Hebdo murders should be interpreted as an act against free speech. A conservative columnist suggests that journalists should show more caution and abstain from provoking radicals through publishing tasteless content that can be interpreted as blasphemy. READ MORE

Police conduct at Budapest Pride criticized

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Conservative and liberal bloggers alike criticize the way the police secured the fringes of Saturday’s Budapest Pride march and their leniency towards radical counter-demonstrators. READ MORE

Easter ruminations about the state of Christianity in Europe

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Right-wing commentators in Hungary this Easter alert their readers to the possible consequences of denying Europe’s Christian roots. They fear that without basic Christian values, naked materialism will prevail, and qualities like solidarity, basic human kindness and morality will suffer throughout the secularized continent. READ MORE