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Skarzysko Kamienna. Lotto banner in the church. “Maybe they’ll turn one confessional into a collection box?”

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Lotto advertising banner was placed in the church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Skarżysko-Kamienna. The photo circulated on social media. “I understand everything, but the banner in front of the altar, in the church, is disrespectful,” commented one of the Internet users. The pastor apologizes.

The concert of carols and pastorals in the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Skarżysko-Kamienna took place on January 8. The event was organized by the Association for Parish Development and sponsored – at the request of the association – by the Kielce branch of Totalizator Sportowy Lotto. During the concert, the sponsor’s banner stood in the church, near the confessional.

Banner in the church

A photo from the inside of the church, which shows the Lotto banner placed near the altar, was published on social media by the Spotted: Skarżysko-Kamienna portal.

Reaction of Internet users

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The photo sparked an avalanche of comments. Among the opinions prevail those critical of the existing situation. “Exaggeration”, “shame”, “scandal”, “embarrassment”, “drama”, “failure” or “tragedy” – these are just some of them.

“I said a long time ago that God does not live in the church,” wrote one of the Internet users.

“Maybe they’ll turn one confessional into a collection box?” another asked.

“The concert was sponsored … not the Holy Mass …” – one of the Internet users pointed out.

“Whether it was a sponsored concert or a mass, it doesn’t matter, this is not the place for such an advertising banner,” another commenter believes.

“I understand everything, but a banner in front of the altar, in a church, whoever they sponsor, is disrespectful,” commented another.

“The company never planned to appear during liturgical activities”

As the press office of Totalizator Sportowy informed us, the agreement to support the concert of carols and pastorals was signed by the Kielce branch. “He also gave the parish a banner for possible use during performances” – we read in the message sent to the tvn24.pl portal. As representatives of the press office emphasize, the banner was to be displayed only during the concert, and not during liturgical activities.

“Totalizator Sportowy has been supporting events related to Christmas traditions for years, as well as concerts of early, organ, choral music, etc. The company never planned to appear during liturgical activities, and the possible use of image materials applies only to cultural events, including referring to Polish traditions.

The parish publishes a statement and apologizes

On the profile of the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Skarżysko-Kamienna, a statement was published regarding the situation related to the Lotto banner, in which the parish priest apologizes that “not all church standards regarding sacred space and liturgical activities have been maintained.”

“On the initiative of the Association for the Development of the Parish, in the parish church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Skarżysko Kamienna, a concert of carols and pastorals was performed by the Arco band and the parish choir. The sponsor of this event, on the initiative of the Association, was Totalizator LOTTO based in Kielce. The funds raised will be donated to the activities of the performers of the concert. I am sorry that all church norms regarding sacred space and liturgical activities have not been observed “- we read in the statement of the parish priest, Father Jan Kularski, the parish priest of the NSJ parish in Skarżysko Kamienna.

In an interview with the tvn24.pl portal, the parish priest assured that the banner was displayed in the temple only during the concert, which – as he emphasizes – was organized by the association, and the whole situation was a “mistake”, “which will not happen again”.





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