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Poles are moving away from the Church. Father Paweł Gużyński indicates the reasons

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Fewer Poles go to church, fewer religious students, there are fewer church weddings and the number of priests is falling. The latest data from the Institute of Catholic Church Statistics show that the Church has not returned to the pre-pandemic situation. The reasons for this situation are indicated by Father Paweł Gużyński.

Poles go to masses, but after the pandemic they did not return to church pews in droves. This is only a minor recovery.

– Reactions, it must be said, of God’s people, of God’s people, to the pandemic. Poles have moved in front of the TV, it’s not like we have recovered from the pandemic – says Prof. Krzysztof Koseła, sociologist from the University of Warsaw. However, Father Paweł Gużyński does not share this opinion. – I completely disagree with this, absolutely. This is a shell, he emphasizes.

According to Father Gużyński, a completely different epidemic is responsible for the fact that less than 30 percent of Catholics attend services every week. Less than 14 percent receive communion. This is slightly more than at the height of the pandemic and much less than before the pandemic.

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One can agree that Poles learned something about the Church from television. – Scandals related to sexual crimes committed by priests, especially the fact that the Church is not good at explaining these matters – says the Dominican.

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Tarnów, Rzeszów, Przemyśl – most of the faithful go to mass there, but the Church is strong in only a few places. – They forgot a bit about those times, the 80s and 90s, when John Paul II still spoke to Poles here – points out Koseła. – This world and the Church are changing, they must cooperate with each other – says Father Leszek Gęsiak, spokesman for the Polish Episcopal Conference.

Fewer priests and fewer people receiving the sacrament

Catechesis at school is also empty. – The percentage of students attending religious classes decreased by 12 percent. Last year it was 54 percent, now 42 percent, which is a really big drop – says Lidia Rogaś, vice-president of Szczecin.

Nationally, only 80 percent of students attend religious education classes. The dioceses of Przemyśl and Warsaw are two poles. Statistics show that the turnout in Przemyśl is almost 100 percent. In schools you can hear that they are less and less comfortable with the church institution. – Very hierarchical and very backward, which should not be called tradition at all, but rather primitivism – says Sławomir Osiński, principal of Primary School No. 47 in Szczecin.

There are also fewer priests and fewer people receiving the sacraments. The Church in Poland is still far from the changing reality. – Poland is not yet a secular country, secularization is progressing, but slowly. What is certain is that the importance of the Church as an institution is declining and that the importance of church teaching is decreasing – says Prof. Waldemar Kuligowski, anthropologist from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań.

Catholic Church in PolandInstitute of Statistics of the Catholic Church SAC

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