The Institute of Statistics of the Catholic Church has published a statistical yearbook which shows how the pandemic strongly influenced the religious life of Poles. Research shows that last year there were significantly fewer weddings and baptisms, and fewer people also received the sacrament of Confirmation. The results were commented on by Archbishop Wojciech Polak, the Primate of Poland, in an interview with the Polish Press Agency.
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– This decline was influenced by many factors, including a powerful blow to the community life of the Church, which were sanitary restrictions caused by the pandemic. However, I think that the CBOS research is more disturbing than the ISKK data, which show that in the youngest group of respondents, the decline in religious practices reaches 30 percent. These are downright devastating numbers. They show that in the young generation there is a very strong re-evaluation – assessed the primate.
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The clergyman also emphasized that he demanded to know the reasons for this process and to find an adequate pastoral response. When asked about the impact on the faith of Catholics in Poland, the reports about the results of the Holy See’s investigations into the bishops’ negligence in cases of sexual abuse in the Church, replied that for some of the faithful, this information was perhaps a bit of bitterness.
– We are aware that we will only restore the credibility of the Church if we stand in the truth and take responsibility for clearing up all these crimes – he added.
The Primate also referred to the situation at the border. He stressed the importance of protecting the border against hybrid war. – As the Polish Bishops’ Conference, we are constantly calling for humanitarian organizations to operate in the border area. At the same time, as a Church, for years we have been demanding the creation of a coherent migration policy of the Polish state and we declare our readiness to cooperate. There are people in refugee centers in Poland who have been waiting for a long time to be granted asylum, and yet we should help them as soon as possible – he added.