POLAND – Bishops in Poland demand a ban on abortion: Government bows down and complies! Polish Women’s Strike respond

On 14 March, the Polish Bishops’ Conference issued a communiqué, requesting the Law and Justice Party (PiS), who are the government party in parliament to immediately start processing the pending draft bill in the Polish parliament, which prohibits abortion on grounds of fetal anomaly, even when the fetus is irreparably damaged. Without even pretending that the Polish state is in any way independent from the church, PiS decided that this bill – which aims to … Continued

Ireland: When the Church Is State

Ailbhe Smyth: Although the large majority of people in Ireland continue to define themselves as Catholic, it is a very different kind of Catholicism from the traditional form that held us enslaved for so long. It is more individualistic, more independent, more rational… Irish people are no longer prepared to follow the diktat of the church in socio-sexual matters. While Ireland may in some respects still be “culturally Catholic,” that culture is increasingly and manifestly tempered by a sophisticated and cosmo­politan perspective.

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