In Poland, there”s been anger on the Catholic Church over its support for a law effectively banning abortion.
Now increasingly more persons are taking the step of making ready formal paperwork so as to go away the church, campaigners declare.
One such particular person is Ola Gosk, who’s making ready to hitch a rising motion of apostasy. She’s going to see a priest for ultimate affirmation that she is not a part of the church.
“I had a powerful feeling that I wish to emphasise one thing symbolically,” she says. “And let the world – even a microworld equivalent to my very own, single parish – know that for me it’s unacceptable what is going on.”
Ola takes the paperwork to the priest and, after a brief assembly, it is all official. She’s out.
Spiritual officers in Poland say lots of these leaving the Church weren’t significantly non secular within the first place, however it is not clear what number of have gone.
“These are in all probability choices from individuals who have probably not been formally within the Catholic Church neighborhood for a very long time,” says Piotr Pierzchała, director of the division of Catholic science within the Warsaw-Praga Diocese. “I personally can say that within the parish the place I work, I had 4 such conditions.”
However campaigners say the numbers have soared. Krzysztof Gwizdała is proprietor of the web site www.apostazja.eu.
He says as many as 3,000 folks have issued statements of apostasy this yr – and that that is six occasions greater than final yr.
He says the church is disguising the true variety of apostates as a result of the numbers aren’t beneficial.
“In 2020, based on the bishop of Krakow, there have been about 450 of those apostasies in his space,” he stated. “In 2020, simply on my web site in the identical interval, 3,000 statements of apostasy had been generated within the diocese of Krakow, and we have to bear in mind there are extra web sites like mine with software types prepared for printing.
“For my part, the church is not going to give the actual variety of people who have dedicated apostasy, as a result of it’s not in its favour.”