Eddy around the Catholic Church in Poland: First, the role of John Paul II in the abuse scandals is questioned. Then, just in time for the election campaign, politicians collude with the clergy: the government wants to cramme through a “law for the defense of Christians”. Sounds like a joke. But none is.
Poland’s parliament wants to pass a “law for the defense of Christians” before the summer holidays in June. That’s no joke: In a country with a 90 percent Catholic population and a church that exerts massive influence on politics, the governing right-wing national coalition around the chairman of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), Jaroslaw Kaczynski, is trying to fool the citizens that Christians in Poland are threatened. Anyone who “insults” the church or “ridicules” its doctrinal principles in the media, or maliciously interrupts a mass, will be punished under the new law with a prison sentence of up to three years.
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