Latest News by Industry
In Poland, church and state draw nearer, and some Catholic faithful rebel
For many Catholic Poles, their country’s heart beats in Czestochowa
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) — Dominika Gala grew up going to Mass with her grandmother and attending Catholic school in Warsaw. After her grandmother’s death in 2010, she began to drift away from the church.
A decade later, when the Catholic leadership backed a near-total abortion ban in Poland, Gala made her fervent disagreement clear.
She formally left the church in October 2020, just weeks after Poland’s top court closed a major loophole in the country’s abortion laws that were already among the strictest in Europe. She has since helped her mother and several friends leave, and now helps lead a civic initiative to limit religion’s role in public life.
“There’s a strong link between the church and the bad things happening in Polish politics,” Gala, now an atheist, told The Associated Press.