About declining numbers who declare themselves as religious

A Polish priest Daniel Wachowiak lamenting on Twitter about declining numbers of Poles who declare themselves as religious:

1992r. 69 % 2021r. 23 %

Agnieszka R. Turczyńska, a software developer quotes another Polish priest and philosopher, Józef Tischner who was the first chaplain of the trade union, “Solidarity” (Polish Solidarność). In his immortal quote he clearly indicated where the big problem is about people loosing faith:

I have never met anyone who would lose their faith after reading Marx or Engels. I have however met many people who lost their faith after meeting their pastor.

This very much summarises the crisis of religion in Poland and so many other European countries.

It are the regular news messages in the press, of paedophile and other atrocious acts of so-called men of God, that cause people to look upon church institutions and faith groups with disgust.

Again we got such a news, now from France, which reminds us with the sadness of what many of (us) the post-war generation in continental Europe experienced.

“A major French report released Tuesday found that an estimated 330.000 children were victims of sex abuse within France’s Catholic Church over the past 70 years, in France’s first major reckoning with the devastating phenomenon.“

Such news makes some people to say jokingly:

The difference between the Catholic Church and a paedophile ring is that you’re not told to respect paedophile rings and they’re not allowed to run schools.

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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