Skip to comments.Movie About Church Sexual Abuse Is a Contentious Hit in Poland
Posted on 10/10/2018 10:04:19 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
Clergya new movie by the director Wojciech Smarzowski...is 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 parishioners apartment and mumbles his way through the giving of last rites.
The picture of Polands 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 films 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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“with nearly 40 percent of the population attending a weekly Mass...”
40 percent per the whole population is pretty good.
Few years of liberal democracy more, plus F1 in charge of the church and we will be down to 10%.
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