Poland

  • Christianity is dying before everyone in Poland. The reason for this is not the propaganda of freethinkers or the activities of freemason lodges and international conspiracies. We ourselves are eradicating Christianity, we, clergymen, the most zealous members of the Church, at our own request and with our own hands. Fewer and fewer people identify with the Church. The Statistical Institute of the Catholic Church recently recorded the largest decline in practicing Catholics in years. In 2016, the figure fell by more than 3 percent compared to 2015 to 36.7 percent - the lowest figure in Poland's post-war history.

  • Vor aller Augen stirbt in Polen das Christentum. Grund dafür ist nicht etwa die Propaganda der Freidenker oder die Umtriebe von Freimaurerlogen und internationale Verschwörungen. Wir selbst sind dabei, das Christentum auszumerzen, wir, Geistliche, die eifrigsten Mitglieder der Kirche, auf eigenen Wunsch und mit eigenen Händen. Immer weniger Menschen identifizieren sich mit der Kirche. Das statistische Institut der katholischen Kirche verzeichnete vor kurzem den seit Jahren stärksten Rückgang praktizierender Katholiken. Im Jahr 2016 sank die Zahl im Vergleich zum Jahr 2015 um mehr als 3 Prozent auf 36,7 Prozent - die niedrigste Zahl in der Nachkriegsge­ schichte Polens.

  •  Le populisme se développe dans de nombreux pays en Europe. Le mot est bien choisi ou non, mais il décrit une dérive de la culture démocratique dont il constitue une véritable pathologie. On trouvera ici un premier article sur la Pologne sous la plume de Henryk Wozniakowski, de la revue Znak de Cracovie. Le second article informe sur la Hongrie. Malheureusement, le populisme n'est pas limité à ces deux pays. 

    Ces deux articles se trouvaient sur le site de la COMECE et ils ont été retirés à la demande des conférences des Evêques de Pologne et de Hongrie.

     

    Que se passe-t-il en Pologne?

    Les choses vont mal en Pologne. L'Europe a de véritables raisons de s'inquiéter des événements qui s’y déroulent. Pourquoi le pays qui a résisté à la crise et qui menait une politique de développement durable exemplaire se met-il à affaiblir ses institutions démocratiques et à imposer des mesures qui tendent à restreindre les libertés civiles ?
  • Open letter addressed to international public opinion, at the initiative of the civic NGOs in Poland.

    We are writing to you from Poland. And from many other places in the world, where we live, study and work. We, the Poles, who do not agree with how current policy casts a pall over the Polish-Jewish relations developed over the years. We write to all of you who look at Poland today with disbelief, sadness or anger.

    We write because we want you to know that regardless of how radical and inappropriate the positions of Polish authorities or certain groups are, these are not the positions and views of us all. We ask that you keep current politics in perspective, although we know how difficult this may be.

  • My remarks about the present condition and role of the Catholic Church in Poland are not based on the formal sociological research, for I am not a sociologist. I would like just to share some observations and concerns which I live through as Christian and priest. My report is mostly based on the personal experience, but in spite of the subjective prospective I seek to objectivize my views as much as possible by taking into account a broader context.

    1. Looking Through the Prism of Statistics

    First let us ask what the statistics say about the Catholic Church in Poland. In the context of the Western countries of Europe the Catholic Church in my country manifests to be quite strong institution and living community of believers. Over 30 % of the entire population of Poland are “dominicantes” and this means that they participate in Mass every Sunday. One needs to add that in the South of Poland the percentage of “dominicantes” is higher and in some places it reaches 40%. Though the number of dominicantes and comunicantes keeps being exceptionally high, there is a remarkable tendency of downfall. In the recent year 2017 the fall reached 3, 2 % and it should be already alarming.