- The crisis of the Catholic Church in Poland is deepening. The situation is not improved by incidents involving priests, such as the famous orgy scandal in Dąbrowa Górnicza.
- Young priests lament that “collective responsibility” for such scandals affects their everyday lives. They often face harassment from random people just because they wear a collar and a cassock
- They believe that all “sins” should be accounted for. The Church may emerge from this much slimmer, but “more real”
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They are reluctant to talk about how they are treated by people on the street because they do not want to feel sorry for themselves. But after the recent scandal with orgy at the rectory in Dąbrowa Górnicza It’s getting worse. Fr. Wojciech recalled the situation from his birthday on Tok FM. He popped into the store to buy a bottle of prosecco for himself and his friends. Behind him he heard: “One bottle won’t be enough, it’s going to be a long night at the rectory.” At the gas station, someone behind him shouted, “The PiS orphan is coming. We will have to part with the money milked from the state.”
Fr. Marcin Stopka, in turn, heard from a driver who was letting pedestrians pass on the crosswalks that “the klesze will not give way.” He moved right in front of him.
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Fr. Marcin published recently an open letter in which he publicly apologized for the scandal in Dąbrowa Górnicza. He wrote in it that he apologized, although he had nothing to do with it and did not accept the Church’s collective responsibility for similar incidents. He feels “cheated” by priests. – It’s as if we were playing in the same football team and suddenly one of ‘our’ ones scored an own goal – he said on Tok FM.
He admits, however, that he did not choose the priesthood to have a pleasant life or to run away from people or to look for easy money. Given what has been happening in the Polish Church lately, he is impressed by people who “are able to leave a mass where politics or journalism is being practiced and look for another church.” Those who practice “churching”, although they are few in number. He believes that the Church should hold all clergy accountable for scandals and scandals in order to clear the atmosphere around it.
Fr says the same thing. Wojciech, but at the same time he believes that it is still too early for significant changes in the Church. — In the parish and diocese I am surrounded by mentally “old” priests. They wouldn’t let me live if I suddenly lifted my visor. So I’m waiting for a change, but let’s not delude ourselves: it’s too early for it – he said on Tok FM.
Both young priests admit in an interview with the radio station that there are fewer and fewer people attending masses and fewer and fewer students attending religion classes. In a sense, older priests are responsible for this because they “concreted the Church and it didn’t help when scandals broke out.” But Fr. The outflow of believers is not a concern. Maybe it would be better for evangelization to take place in smaller groups?
Fr. Wojciech doesn’t miss better statistics either. – I will not cry over this catastrophe, because I think that the Church will emerge from it much slimmer, but more real – he sums up.