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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 25/03/2006

Jacek Prusak on religiousness in Poland

Jacek Prusak, a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist, talks to Marcion Bosacki about the Poles' religiousness. "After the fall of communism there were fears that the advent of the free market economy and EU membership would also bring the West's secularisation to Poland. This wasn't the case. There has been no drop in the number of baptisms and church wedding ceremonies since the 1980s... On the other hand, these very same studies show that Polish religiousness is strongly ritualised and of little intellectual depth. When Poles are asked why they go to mass on Sunday, many reply: 'Because it's part of our tradition'... Therefore, if we see the fact that Poles still go to church as sufficient reason to rejoice, then we may do so, but if we're looking for the answer to the question of why they go, we should be concerned."

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