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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 11/02/2015

Polish Church should fight domestic violence

Poland's bishops have condemned the Polish parliament's ratification on Friday of the Council of Europe's "Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence" on the grounds that it represents an attack on the family. Instead of voicing harsh words the Church should do more to fight violence constructively, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza urges: "Opinion polls reveal that a majority of the population wants Poland to ratify the convention. Clearly the Church has not managed to convince the Poles, which is not surprising. People are simply not willing to do everything the bishops want. They don't like it when they're treated like children who can simply be ordered around. ... The Church shouldn't put itself on one side or the other in this conflict. Instead, the bishops would be well advised simply to point out the convention's shortcomings and then start their own targeted campaign against domestic violence."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 30/05/2014

Even Jaruzelski is entitled to church burial

A conflict has broken out in Poland over the burial of former communist head of state Wojciech Jaruzelski that takes place today, Friday. Many Poles are unhappy that the general, who died last Sunday, will receive a church burial. They feel he has no right to such a burial on the grounds that he was responsible for the deaths of many of their compatriots. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza believes the funeral should go ahead as planned: "A religious burial is not about glorifying someone's life. The Christian concept of death is more than just the end of life on earth. While baptism is seen as the moment when someone is designated for eternal life, death represents the completion of this process. ... For that reason the rite is not a celebration for the deceased but a sort of prayer on the part of believers that the deceased be cleansed of his sins. ... Luckily, Jósef Guzdek, Field Bishop of the Polish Army, views the burial in the same light and approved it."

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