UPDATE: Mark at Rise and Pray posts on the plight of the migrant workers from Eastern Europe in the UK.
This article in The Times of London is important not so much for the fact that the Catholic Church is on the ascendant in England, but for three other important factors that the journalist misses.
First, the huge influx of Catholics from Eastern Europe shows the universality of the Catholic Church. When committed Catholics like the Poles travel they turn up at church. Catholics may be divided by culture, language, economic status and perspective, but there is more, much more that unites them than divides.
Second, all the doomsayers moan about the ‘Islamization’ of Europe. They rightly point out the declining birth rate amongst Europeans and the increase of Muslims. What they haven’t counted on is the influx of Eastern Europeans that is coming with the expansion of the European Community. This article highlights just one aspect of the new immigration. We may not see the re-evangelization of Europe from within, but we may see a new springtime of Catholicism in Western Europe as Catholics from the old Iron Curtain countries surge West.
These Catholics are used to living in a materialistic, atheistic, anti-Christian state. They should feel right at home in Western Europe, and with any luck they will keep the faith and exercise the same subversive influence there that they did in Eastern Europe twenty years ago.
Finally, people continually overlook the greatness of Poland and the Polish people. They were the ones who, from time immemorial have stood bravely against aggressors–even when they failed to overcome their spirits were never overcome. The Poles gave us John Paul the Great. the Poles were the lynch pin in the overthrow of communism. Perhaps it will be the Poles who, by their migration west, help to save Europe from the Islamicization that threatens Europe.
Our Lady of Czestecowa pray for England. Our Lady of Walsingham pray for Poland.