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Tue Oct 10, 2023, 11:00 AM Oct 2023

In Poland, church and state draw nearer, and some Catholic faithful rebel

Source: Associated Press

In Poland, church and state draw nearer, and some Catholic faithful rebel

Updated 1:41 AM EDT, October 10, 2023


As Law and Justice seeks an unprecedented third-straight term in the Oct. 15 parliamentary election, the conservative, nationalist ruling party is trying to bolster its image as a defender of Christian values and traditional morality. Yet many Poles are questioning their relationship with the Catholic Church, and some cite its closeness to the government as a key reason.

For Gala, the breaking point was the abortion ruling but she is also put off by Law and Justice’s harsh anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric. She feels the alliance between the church and party has led to increased religious encroachment into Poles’ daily activities.

“The church should stay within the church, where it should gather its faithful and build community. It shouldn’t be in schools, at the openings of swimming pools, roads and shopping malls,” she said.

Poles, following a path taken by some other traditionally Catholic nations, are becoming increasingly secular, accelerated by disgust over clerical abuse scandals that have rocked the Polish Catholic Church in recent years.


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/poland-election-catholicism-catholic-church-religion-ba0f1167d3b75de9c52f4f2d827462b6

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In Poland, church and state draw nearer, and some Catholic faithful rebel (Original Post) Eugene Oct 2023 OP
It is a shame LGBTQ don't take over the church. LiberalFighter Oct 2023 #1
separation of... keithbvadu2 Oct 2023 #2
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