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Movie About Church Sexual Abuse Is a Contentious Hit in Poland
NY Times ^ | Oct 8, 2018 | Alex Marshall

Posted on 10/10/2018 10:04:19 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege

“Clergy”a new movie by the director Wojciech a smash hit in Poland. It opened on Sept. 28, and more than 1.7 million people saw it during its first week. That is a huge figure for a country of 38 million.

A cinema in Zabrze, a city in the south of the country, showed the movie up to 24 times a day to meet demand...On Sept. 21, it was shown at the Gdynia Film Festival, and received an 11-minute ovation.

It starts with three priests drinking vodka until they can barely speak. One then drives drunk to a parishioner’s apartment and mumbles his way through the giving of last rites.

The picture of Poland’s priesthood only goes downhill from there. The priests steal money from their congregations, spy on each other, and exploit their connections with politicians, journalists and the police.

But much of “Clergy” focuses on one issue: Clerical child abuse, which the movie says the church covered up. In one scene, it incorporates accounts from real people who say they were abused.

The film’s popularity is something of a surprise, given that Poland is a predominantly Roman Catholic country, with nearly 40 percent of the population attending a weekly Mass...

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TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholic; film; poland
Some of the most inspiring, devout, and truly faithful Catholic priests I've known in my life were from Poland...If only more films were made about such figures and did their lives justice. Prayers that this current crisis does not extinguish the fire of faith burning strong in the hearts of so many Poles. The Catholic Church needs change, but Europe especially needs faith and for Poland to stay strong and true to it.
1 posted on 10/10/2018 10:04:19 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

“with nearly 40 percent of the population attending a weekly Mass...”

40 percent per the whole population is pretty good.

2 posted on 10/10/2018 7:56:21 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

Few years of liberal democracy more, plus F1 in charge of the church and we will be down to 10%.

3 posted on 10/13/2018 4:15:56 AM PDT by Lukasz
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