In today's New York Times, there is a piece detailing how Polish Catholics are upset that the uber-Catholic nation is seeing a large rise in secularism.
Poland is still an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation, still conservative and still religious, especially when compared with its European neighbors. But supporters and critics of the Roman Catholic Church all acknowledge that the society is changing. They agree that church representatives in Poland have lost authority and credibility, and that much of the population is moving toward a more secular view of life, one with a greater separation between church and state, and a rejection of church mandates on individual morality.
“We are considered the European museum of Catholicism, but let me tell you we are no longer,” said Szymon Holownia, program director for Religia TV, a relatively new station that aims to convince Poles that faith can and should be relevant in modern life with programs like a cooking show led by a nun. “The relationship between faith and state is changing; it is changing dramatically in Poland,” Mr. Holownia said. “It is really huge.”
The church is desperate to reverse this trend, and put dogma back in its all-dominant position. How do they plan to do this, you ask?
Build a gigantic statue of Jesus, of course. Remember this from a few weeks ago?
That's the 108-foot tall statue of the savior erected in the Polish countryside by Catholic benefactors.
And, apparently, this is the silver bullet that'll bring the faithful back.
The stark, white, 108-foot-high figure was erected last month in part to serve as sentry against a force already churning through Poland. “I hope this statue will become a remedy for this secularization,” said the Rev. Sylwester Zawadzki, the priest who inspired the construction of the figure, which rivals the height of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
So, the church, facing an entirely reasonable tide of anticlericalism borne out of decades of abuse and exploitation, decides that the best way to fight rationalism is to build a giant statue of a Jewish zombie who might have lived 2,000 years ago.
Says it all, really.