How Catholic is Poland?
How Catholic is Poland? – VERY CATHOLIC. It is more Catholic than Ireland and Ireland is considered very Catholic. Do you want some examples? Here you go!
Map of Catholic Churches in Poland
This is a map of churches in Poland. As you can see even the small villages have their own separate church and you can bet that people actually visit it on Sunday. This might come as a surprise to most of the people but Poland has the highest Sunday church attendance in Europe. Not only that. The church is very well organized into an administrative entity. This entity can act with the force of all the members of the church when called upon. This might be some charity, mutual help groups etc. That level of organization is a force to be reckoned with.
Shrines are everywhere
It is estimated that wherever you are in Poland, even in the most desolate area you are within a distance of less than 10 km from a shrine. And I would not be surprised by that. Shrines with Saint Mary, Jesus or baby Jesus are omnipresent. They are everywhere and they come in all sizes, colors, and styles. If you are on a road trip get used to looking at them. They are absolutely everywhere. If you are a fan of art and architecture some of them might be very interesting for you.
Giant Jesus like in Rio De Janeiro
Yep. This thing happened and it is out there. Poland has a Jesus statue that is as big as the one that is in Brazil. The status of Christ the King in Świebodzin Poland is actually 3 meters taller than the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. Deal with it! You can double check it on Wikipedia.
Crosses on the roads
Every single road has a Cross on the side. I mean they are literally everywhere. Some of them are shrines put buy people that lost their loved ones in a car accident and some of them are leftovers from a festive celebration. Like it or not the number of these crosses is getting bigger and bigger every year since no one thinks about taking them away. One reason is that until you don’t need to expand the road no one would dare to take out a cross put by car accident victim family. Another reason is that many people celebrate “The Way of the Cross” which means they treat them as a stop that describes part of Jesus crucifixion.
Catholicism in POP-Culture
Yes. You have read it right. Polish Catholicism has entered Polish pop culture and it is here to stay. There are many examples of Catholic pop-culter that poles enjoy. Even the ones that aren’t really Catholic or practice their religion, or simply mock Catholicism are actually influenced with Catholicism wrapped and “coat shugared” pop culture. Here are some examples:
Churches that look like chickens – FB channel that collects images of Polish churches that resemble Chickens. This group has more than 43 k fans! 😀
Arka Noego – This is a band that absolutely dominated Polish tv, radio and all media with their music. A band where children sing Christian songs. This was such a smashing hit that they actually have made platinum. Two of their albums were ranked second in sales respectively in 2000 and 2001.
The clash between Catholic and non-catholic media. This comes in all forms. From Radio Maryja and TV Trwam which are involved in political dispute supporting PIS, Tygodnik Powszechny which represents the more liberal side of a Catholic church and everyone else. Even rock bands make songs about a cultural phenomenon called the “Moherowe Berety” which is a stereotype for a catholic PIS supporter. This cultural melting pot comes in all forms and mediums. TV Shows, newspaper articles, music video, comic books or short comic strips in newspapers. YOU NAME IT!