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White Eagle, Black MadonnaOne Thousand Years of the Polish Catholic Tradition$
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Robert E. Alvis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271702

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271702.001.0001

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From Triumph to Turmoil (after 1989)

From Triumph to Turmoil (after 1989)

(p.251) 10 From Triumph to Turmoil (after 1989)
White Eagle, Black Madonna

Robert E. Alvis

Fordham University Press

When the communist regime collapsed in 1989, Poland’s Catholic Church had good reason to take pride and partial credit for these revolutionary events. What it could not foresee were the profound challenges in store for the institution in the new era of enhanced freedom that followed. Since 1989 the church has faced unprecedented levels of criticism as it has sought to exert its influence over public life. Conservative Polish Catholics have grown increasingly preoccupied with concerns about moral decline. While Polish Catholics continue practicing the faith at relatively high levels, they have shown less deference toward and understanding of church teaching. There are also signs of vibrancy, including participation in lay ecclesial movements.

Keywords:   European Union, Józef Cardinal Glemp, Lay Ecclesial Movements, postcommunist, Radio Maryja, secularization, Lech Wałęsa

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