Posts Tagged ‘Poland’

Polish court acquits activists who put LGBT rainbow on an icon

Monday, March 8th, 2021

A Polish court has acquitted three activists who put an LGBT rainbow on an icon of the Madonna and Child, made it into a poster and distributed it. The court said it did not see evidence of a crime. The activists had been charged with producing and distributing posters of an altered icon of the Read more

Backlash against a patriarchal culture: Polish protests go beyond abortion rights

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Poland Patriarchy

For 14 nights they have marched, enraged by a near-total ban on abortion that has stirred a generation to stage the largest mass demonstrations that Poland has seen since Solidarność toppled the communist regime in the 1980s. Until soaring coronavirus numbers and a looming national lockdown made it almost impossible, up to a million people Read more

Pope replaces Polish archbishop who tried to cover up abuse

Monday, August 17th, 2020

A Polish archbishop’s attempts to cover up clergy sex abuse have resulted in Pope Francis replacing him on his 75th birthday. While all Catholic bishops must offer to retire when they turn 75, it is “highly unusual” for the pope to accept their resignation on their actual birthday. Doing so to Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz Read more

Pope orders Polish bishop from diocese

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his diocese and let someone else run it. Bishop of Kalisz, Edward Janiak must stay away while he is being investigated for covering up sexual abuse cases. He will retain the title of bishop for the meantime, however. The cases Janiak allegedly covered up featured in Read more

Polish priests defy bishop amid pedophilia scandal

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Priests in the Polish diocese of Kalisz have refused to sign letters of loyalty to their bishop after a child abuse cover-up. More and more Catholics in Poland are calling on the Church to properly investigate crimes. The documentary “Hide and Seek” by Marek and Tomasz Sekielski, which was watched by almost 7 million people Read more

Doco on Polish bishop who shielded paedophiles goes viral

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Bishop Edward Janiak of Kalisz ignored child sex abuse and shielded paedophile priests, a new documentary about paedophilia within the Polish Catholic Church claims. Tomasz and Marek Sekielsk’s documentary “Playing Hide and Seek”, went viral on YouTube after its release on Saturday. The documentary overshadowed centenary of the birth of popular Polish Pope, John Paul Read more

More Masses rather than fewer during pandemic

Monday, March 16th, 2020

If extra Masses were scheduled during the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people would be at each of them and the risk of being exposed to the virus would be reduced. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, who is the head of the Polish bishop’s conference, said ensuring not too many churchgoers gather at once is in line with the Read more

Church criticises anti-gay attacks but says being gay is a ‘deadly sin’

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Poland’s Bishops’ Conference has condemned violent assaults on a weekend gay rights Equality Parade by nationalists who claimed to be defending their Catholic cathedral. At the same time the bishops said the Church will continue speaking out against the “deadly sin” of homosexuality. “Violence and contempt can never be justified or accepted – acts of Read more

Poland doubles jail time for paedophiles after clergy abuse doco goes viral

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Poland is planning to double jail terms for convicted paedophiles after a documentary on priest sex abuse sparked outrage in the country. The documentary includes harrowing testimonies from victims and has been viewed more than 18 million times. Convicted paedophiles could now face up to 30 years or even life in prison. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Read more

Atheist plots to save his Catholic country

Monday, April 29th, 2019

A dozen Virgin Mary figurines decorate Robert Biedron’s office in Warsaw. What draws Biedron to the statuettes of Mary is their diversity, while they all carry the same message of hope for believers. He is a gay atheist who wants to pull his country back into the European mainstream Read more Related Posts:Pope wants to Read more