Posts Tagged ‘Poland’

Poland doubles jail time for paedophiles after clergy abuse doco goes viral Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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:Weeping statue of Read more

Polish priest apologises for Harry Potter book burning Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019

A priest in northern Poland who led a public burning of books that included Harry Potter titles and other “evil” items parishioners wanted destroyed has apologised. Father Rafał Jarosiewicz called the burning of objects thought to be connected to magic and the occult, and deemed by their owners to be an evil force, “unfortunate”. Images Read more

Poland reports 382 priests abused 625 minors Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019

The Catholic Church in Poland says they have recorded cases of 382 clergymen who have abused 625 victims under the age of 18 since 1990. The figure includes 198 priests and friars who abused minors under 15 years old and 184 clergy who abused victims between 15 and 18, according to Wojciech Sadlon, head of Read more

Israel summit scrapped in row over Holocaust Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

This week’s summit between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leaders of four Central and Eastern European nations has been abandoned following a row about the Holocaust. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pulled out of the summit scheduled for Monday and Tuesday after Netanyahu and other members of the Israeli cabinet accused Poland of Read more

Bishops say stay Catholic to keep Poland independent Comments 0

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Polish bishops are telling Catholics to stay Catholic. The bishops advice – delivered in a recent pastoral letter – was made both to mark Poland’s centenary of independence and to warn the nation’s Catholics that freedom could be lost again if Poles abandon their Catholic faith. They explained independence is not just about “armed struggle, Read more

Outrage over movie about corrupt priests Comments 0

Monday, October 1st, 2018

A new movie depicting corrupt priests has outraged some conservative politicians in Poland. “Kler” (“Clergy”) revolves around the lives of three fictional Catholic priests who swill vodka and mock the church. One of them sexually abuses a blind orphan boy. Read more Related Posts:Vatican II effects on Catholic Church – new movieOscar-nominated director praised for Read more

Artwork stolen by Nazis returned to Poland by grandson Comments 0

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

The Nazis stole thousands of artworks from museums and castles in Poland during World War II. Many have been lost forever. But some of the looted pieces are now being repatriated. One of these has been returned by Ulrich Gauer, whose grandfather was with the occupying German army in Poland during the second world war. Read more

First lay nurse to be beatified on Saturday Comments 0

Monday, April 30th, 2018

The first-ever lay nurse to be beatified is a model of how to give of oneself for the good of others. Fr Pawel Galuszka has been involved with Hanna Chrzanowska’s canonisation cause. He said the Polish nurse “teaches us how important it is to make a sincere gift of oneself, even sacrifice, for the good Read more

Jewish leaders and Catholic bishops unite against prejudice Comments 0

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Jewish leaders have joined Catholic bishops in Poland to urge Catholics and Jews to rebuild dialogue and fight prejudice. The Polish Bishops’ Conference describes anti-Jewish rhetoric in Poland as being “contradictory to the principles of Christian love of one’s neighbour.” A group of Polish rabbis responded, saying they “deeply appreciate” their condemnation of anti-Semitism. They Read more