Lovely young Roman-Catholic Polish 44 year old woman with the pink dress and glasses. It is amazing and somehwat sad that she is single at her age. She isn't ugly, but maybe to critical. At least she tried. But you find these kind of women all over Europe. The samen with guys. I saw a sad documentary about lonely young people in the Netherlands. Really sad, and the same thing exists in Poland. This was 2014. I hope see found her love in the last 5 years. I don't agree with the Polish priest however. There are some people who are single for various reasons and there is nothing wrong with them. Some are ascetics, some people live celibatery for some reason, some people due to their profession or duty/mission are single. Some very spiritual people, some people who are priests, monks, nuns or have a dangerous profession and therefor don't want to confront or force a partner to live with him or her.
The older I become the more I see that people are different and that I can't judge about other people. I do believe that for most people it is good to have a partner and family, but for some -a minority- that is not the way, because for various reasons they are different or have professions which make a relationship difficult. For some people their job, duty, service or sacrifice is their life in staid of a relationship with another human being. I think about mediums, Yogi's, some kind of healers, people who dedicate all of their life to others -Mother Teresa-, some high risk intelligence operation officers, some special forces tasks -for some missions they want someone without a wife and children- and etc.
Don't judge about others you don't know, because you don't know the circumstances with which they have to live, you don't know their heritages, histories, private lives and the reason why they are single.
Here we see that there is no separation between Church and state in Poland
Jesus Christ was officially enthroned the King of Poland and therefor stands spiritually, mentally and physically above the president of Poland. Poland is a monarchy today with Jesus Christ as King and the Polish president as his servant in the Polish Republic. The Divine spiritual Polish Monarchy stands above the material and earthly Polish Republic. I don't know how else to say it. The Roman Catholic church is the largest political party in Poland, with it's bishops, priests, deacons, abbots, monks and nuns as it's politicians, political activists, diplomats and lobbyists and spin doctors.
Roman Catholics in Poland and the Roman Catholic Church in Poland
Polish Roman Catholics believe that there is one eternal God, who exists as a perichoresis ("mutual indwelling") of three hypostases, or "persons": God the Father; God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit, which together are called the "Holy Trinity".
Polish Roman Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is the "Second Person" of the Trinity, God the Son. In an event known as the Incarnation, through the power of the Holy Spirit, God became united with human nature through the conception of Christ in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Christ, therefore, is understood as being both fully divine and fully human, including possessing a human soul. It is taught that Christ's mission on earth included giving people his teachings and providing his example for them to follow as recorded in the four Gospels. Jesus is believed to have remained sinless while on earth, and to have allowed himself to be unjustly executed by crucifixion, as sacrifice of himself to reconcile humanity to God; this reconciliation is known as the Paschal Mystery. The Greek term "Christ" and the Hebrew "Messiah" both mean "anointed one", referring to the Christian belief that Jesus' death and resurrection are the fulfilment of the Old Testament's messianic prophecies.
The Catholic Church teaches dogmatically that "the Holy Spirit proceeds eternally from the Father and the Son, not as from two principles but as from one single principle". It holds that the Father, as the "principle without principle", is the first origin of the Spirit, but also that he, as Father of the only Son, is with the Son the single principle from which the Spirit proceeds. This belief is expressed in the Filioque clause which was added to the Latin version of the Nicene Creed of 381 but not included in the Greek versions of the creed used in Eastern Christianity.
There are 41 Catholic dioceses of the Latin Church and two eparchies of the Eastern Churches in Poland. These comprise about 10,000 parishes and religious orders. There are 33 million Catholics (the data includes the number of infants baptized). The primate of the Church is Wojciech Polak, Archbishop of Gniezno. According to 2014 statistical yearbook, 85.8% of Poland's population is Catholic.
A sculpture in Częstochowa
Ever since Poland officially adopted Latin Christianity in 966, the Catholic Church has played an important religious, cultural and political role in the country. Identifying oneself as Catholic distinguished Polish culture and nationality from neighboring Germany, especially eastern and northern Germany, which is mostly Lutheran, and the countries to the east which are Orthodox. During times of foreign oppression the Catholic Church was a cultural guard in the fight for independence and national survival. For instance, the Polish abbey in Częstochowa, which successfully resisted a siege in the Swedish invasion of Poland in the 17th century, became a symbol of national resistance to occupation. The establishment of a communist regime controlled by the Soviet Union following World War II allowed the Church to continue fulfilling this role, although recent allegations suggest there was some minor collaboration between Polish clergy and the regime.
The Black Madonna of Częstochowa (Polish: Czarna Madonna or Matka Boska Częstochowska, Latin: Imago thaumaturga Beatae Virginis Mariae Immaculatae Conceptae, in Claro Monte), also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa, is a venerated icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary housed at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland. Several Pontiffs have recognised the venerated icon, beginning with Pope Clement XI who issued a Canonical Coronation to the image on 8 September 1717 via the Vatican Chapter.
The 1978 election of Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyła as Pope John Paul II strengthened the ties of identification. John Paul's visits to Poland became rallying points for both the faithful and galvanized opposition to the Soviet regime. His beatification in 2011 and canonization three years later further instilled pride and joy in the Polish people. In 2013, Pope Francis, John Paul II's 2nd successor (and who was made a cardinal by the Polish pope), announced that World Youth Day, the world's largest religious gathering of young people, held in Kraków, Poland in 2016.
Pope John Paul II in Poland in 1978
Tarnów, a city in southeastern Poland, is the most religious city in Poland, and Łódź, the third-largest city in Poland and a former industrial hub, located in the central part of the country, is the least religious city in Poland. The southern and eastern parts of Poland are more active in their religious practices than those of the West and North. The majority of Poles continue to declare themselves Catholic. This is in stark contrast to the otherwise similar neighboring Czech Republic, which is one of the least religious practicing areas on Earth, with only 19% declaring "they believe there is a God" of any kind.
thanks for posting this really interesting tread. I did not know about this unusual sculpture in Czestochova. Polish Catholic media is a different story. The image of Catholicism is changing rapidly in Poland and even catholics become very polarized with many young people abandoning the church.