Conflict and Coexistence of Church and State Authorities in (Post)Communist Poland
In April 2010, a few days after the crash of the Polish President’s plane in Smolensk, the Cardinal of Cracow announced that the president and his wife would be buried in the cathedral crypt in the Wawel Castle, which arguably constitutes the most significant part of the national heritage. Various objections were raised against the decision. It provoked strong protests among intellectuals, politicians, and, last but not least, inhabitants of Cracow, who only a few months earlier opposed the idea of bestowing the Honorary Citizenship of Cracow on President Lech Kaczynski. The government did not take any stand, considering that the issue should be dealt with by the cardinal and family members. Eventually, the burial took place as planned by the cardinal.
KeywordsState Authority Religious Practice Religious Life Communist Regime Soviet Bloc
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