'The Polish Catholic Church has become Intertwined with Euroscepticism and the Promotion of Conservative "National Values"'

Dr Simona Guerra, Department of Politics, has posted a contibution on the Democratic Audit website exploring the Polish Catholic Church and its role in fuelling Euroscepticism.

Simona GuerraDr Simona Guerra has posted a contribution on 'The Polish Catholic Church has become Intertwined with Euroscepticism and the Promotion of Conservative "National Values"' on the Democratic Audit website.

In Poland, the Catholic Church has always maintained its vital role across society. During the communist regime, the Catholic Church supported resistance and autonomy and provided legitimacy to any organised form of protest and opposition. Since 1989, it had to re-position itself across the changing social and political life. One of the main aims of the democratization process in the country was Polish membership to the EU. Yet, the Catholic Church never assumed homogenous and coherent positions. After a surge of support in the Presidential and General Elections last year, the right-wing national conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) now dominates Polish politics.

In this post, Simona Guerra explores the government’s relationship with the Polish Church and its role in fuelling religious Euroscepticism and supporting draconian abortion laws. She writes that the close alliance shows there are mutual benefits and the Catholic Church does not easily give up its spiritual, moral and social authority.

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