Just as Pope John Paul II was instrumental in bringing down Communism in his native land, ardent Catholics are clinging to the Church's teachings to fight the wave of liberalism and anti-Catholic forces. They are more subtle than when Communism ruled, but just as threatening. "Modesty is becoming a challenge here and it is starting to impact young women," Tomeo said. "In addition, I am told that there is a push by radical feminists. Consumerism and outside influences are growing. At the same time there continues to be forces to keep God out of the public square and push back against the Church." Freedom of Speech for the Catholic media in Poland is being threatened as well. Although 87% of country is Catholic, Radio Maria and Catholic TV have been struggling to have the same rights as private stations.
"I think the timing of my trip is not a coincidence given our current challenges here with religious liberty and our sex saturated culture," said Tomeo. "I am praying that I can encourage the Polish people, especially the young people, to stay strong in their faith, and to not take attacks on the Church and her teachings lightly. I believe one of the reasons we are in the current sad situation in the U.S. is because Christians were afraid to exercise their rights and speak out."