The Long Good-bye to the Catholic Country or How Powerful is Poland’s Roman Catholic Church?

JVF Conference Papers

The good news for the Polish Roman Catholic Church in 1989 was that communism had lost, but it soon became obvious that there was also bad news: capitalism had won! While the Roman Catholic Church’s current pontifex maximus’s share in bringing about the historic fall of the Communist regimes in the countries of the so-called "East Bloc” is undisputed and gratefully acknowledged in his native country, he may - paradoxically enough - not have done the Polish Roman Catholic Church such a good service after all...

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