Pack the EU Parliament with obedient Catholics, Poles told
Poland's powerful Roman Catholic Church urged voters in the country to use the European Parliament election this week to elect MEPs who will help the Church impose its teachings on European law.
More than 90 percent of Poles claim to be Catholic and Polish bishops recently called on “all faithful to choose people in the elections who fully represent the point of view of the Church regarding ethical and social questions, in particular the protection of human life, marriage and the family. In this way, each one of us can contribute to the renewal of the Christian face and culture of Europe,” the top clergy said, highlighting their opposition to abortion, in vitro fertilisation, euthanasia and gay marriage.
“Obviously the church thinks it is its obligation to take a position in the debate,” sociologist Jacek Kucharczyk from the independent Institute of Public Affairs (ISP) think tank in Warsaw told AFP. “Nevertheless, many Poles who define themselves as Catholics do not accept the Church’s involvement in politics. They don’t like to have priests indicate candidates that a Catholic should support.