Gay atheist Polish Mayor is out to diminish power of Catholic Church

Gay atheist Polish Mayor is out to diminish power of Catholic Church February 7, 2019

GIVEN that Poland is overwhelmingly Catholic, and thus fanatically homophobic, it must have come as a shock to many when, in 2011, atheist Robert Biedroń , was elected to the country’s Parliament, becoming the first openly gay official.

The staunchly pro-EU politician made history again in 2014, after becoming the mayor of Slupsk, a town in Poland.

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Now Biedroń, an LGBT activist, above, has the Catholic Church in his sights, having just announced plans on Sunday to establish a new political party – Wiosna – to diminish the Church’s influence in his country by placing tighter restrictions on it.

In launching Wiosna, Biedroń intends opposing the conservative Law and Justice party which supports the Catholic Church.

During a press conference, he made it clear that he wants to bring an end to the practice of pitching the Polish people against one another. He wants the atmosphere of the country to change, by introducing the concept of dialogue and mutual respect among the residents.

With Wiosna, Biedroń wants to put pressure on the Catholic Church, by eliminating the tax breaks they receive. He wants to bring an end to religious lessons schools are compelled to teach. At the same time, he plans on allowing abortion to take place prior to 12 weeks gestation.

Not surprisingly his announcement gave rise to considerable dismay.

Critics believe that by starting the new party, he will draw liberal supporters away from Law and Justice. Although current polls show that Biedroń doesn’t have the same popularity as other candidates, his focus on being a part of the European Union, along with addressing social issues in the country, may be enough to get the older voters to his side.

And by showcasing the progressive agenda of his party, he could find support among the younger voters who want significant changes in Poland.

Ninety-six percent pf Poles identify themselves as Roman Catholics.

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  • kaydenpat

    Good luck to him but I had no idea that Poland was so Catholic. Wow!! 96% must place Poland in the top tier of countries which are predominantly Catholic.

  • Broga

    Once the first log breaks in the dam the rest begin to follow. Good man. My only quibble is that he should want not to “reduce” but to “remove” and then prosecute the scoundrels who have been robbing, stealing and generally out Mafian the Mafia.

  • epeeist

    As ever there is a difference between what people report and what they do, while a high percentage of people in Poland report themselves to be Catholic only 36% attend mass each week and the proportion drops to 26% for those under 30.

  • kaydenpat

    Thanks for the info.

  • Micha

    He’s got my vote.

    As for the 96% figure, from what I understand how our statistics are made, it’s the number reported by the Church (based on surveys they make), so I’d be cautious, considering how difficult apostasy is here. I’ve been an atheist for a decade yet officially I sill am a member of the Church, because they make it so difficult (and often they ignore that anyway). The number of people who attend mass is much lower and more accurate, in my opinion.

  • Broga

    Thanks. This is like the UK where few people attend church and of those who do attend even fewer, vanishing few, believe the nonsense that is unloaded on to them. I know atheists, friends, who love church music and enjoy singing in choirs. I know others fascinated by church architecture. One regularly visits France, Brittany last year, to study churches there.

    Meanwhile, the BBC continues to deluge us with the platitudes of priestdom – much of Sunday is devoted to preaching – and a little religious homily stuck in wherever they can get it without attracting too much resentment the rest of the week. Early morning, from 5am for a couple of hours, you can be sure that the vicars, priests, rabbis, will be on the air on radio. I suppose the audience is mostly their close relatives. As soon as they start I switch to the World Service.

  • Cali Ron

    And predominantly homophobic. The RCC has a tight grip and the propaganda is relentless.

  • Cali Ron

    The church is deeply intertwined with politics there similar to the UK only more so. Perhaps this is a sign the Polish are ready to take back their country from the church like Ireland.

  • kaydenpat

    That’s sad to hear. I wonder if the child molestation scandal has hit Poland the way it has hit so many other countries.

  • kerryberger

    Good to see this happening in Poland. Maybe some common sense will transfer over to the United States from Poland.

  • Meena 2016

    The statistics used by the Catholic Church in Poland include people who were baptised Catholic, even if they later abandoned the Church.
    The Church does the same in the UK and USA.

    In Poland only about 30% of all “Catholics” go to the obligatory Mass on Sundays, Of young poles under 30 years of age, only 10% go to Sunday Mass. The latter figure for the young Poles indicates the future of the Catholic Church in Poland.

    I am elderly and was baptised Catholic, I attended Mass on Sunday for some earlier years of my 80 years of life so far, but never over the last 30 years plus.

    But I’m still on the Baptism list – as are many millions of others around the world.
    (I think they take people off the lists only after 100 years)

  • David Cromie

    I expect that the Polish division of the Roman church has a much tighter grip on keeping secret the paedophilia of its clergy, especially when the church is part of the state apparatus.

  • David Cromie

    I, too, enjoy good music/singing in good architecture, such as Mediaeval cathedrals, without being a ‘believer’ in any supposed ‘god’.

    It is interesting that while church attendance is waning, cathedral congregations are waxing. Perhaps this is partly due to better music, and professional organists/choir masters (not forgetting top class instruments) being employed, while the ‘music’ in ordinary churches has been dumbed down, especially with brain-numbing ‘happy-crappy’ mush to go with modern hymns by talentless composers accompanied by brainless guitar-strumming nonentities (such as are to be found on the BBC’s ‘Songs of praise’ programme every Sunday.

    I totally agree with you on the BBC’s Radio 4 ‘Thought for the day’ segment (although I used to enjoy Rabbi Blue’s contributions!).

  • Broga

    I enjoyed Rabbi-Blue’s contributions. I still remember his TFTD contribution when he said he had an epileptic fit and fell out of the pulpit. He then said, “You have to laugh.” So much different from the sombre, faux profound, homilies with the last sentence referring to Jesus.

    I think ancient churches lend character to a village or small town. The one near me is very ancient and a friend, atheist as it happens, has just completed a detailed description and research into its history and especially his analysis of the old headstones and tombs with scarcely legible writing. While he was photographing some old graves a woman, who knew his secular views, said, “I thought you wanted all our wonderful churches razed to the ground. You use them when it suits you.” I wondered what contribution she had mad to preserving and understanding their history.

    The appeal to the “brain numbing, happy crappy” tastes may suit some but for other Christians they are being lost through their embarrassment. A few years ago I attended the wedding, somewhat under duress, the son of an acquaintance of my wife’s, and that was a revelation. The vicar had some kind of roses painted all over his car. His name and his wife’s were plastered across the top of the windscreen. And they music was indeed happy clappy.