Poles rally to defend churches against pro-abortion attackers 

After a week of violent attacks on Polish churches, including vandalism of statues of the revered Polish Pope, John Paul II, Poles have come out in cities across the country to defend their places of worship. 

A ruling from Poland’s Constitutional Court which found that aborting unborn children with disabilities was discriminatory provoked fury from abortion campaigners and anti-government protesters. Many of them choose to also attack churches and disrupt Masses. One man who tried to prevent protesters from attacking a statue of Saint John Paul II was reportedly hospitalised after being beaten

Man was hospitalised trying to defend statue of Pope John Paul II in Wolomin, a small town just outside Warsaw.  Photo credit: FB/Żołnierze Chrystusa

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Abortion protesters storm mass

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The aggression angered many Poles, and led the leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, to say  “We must defend Polish churches, we must defend them at every price”.  Comparisons were drawn to the aggression of previous occupying forces against churches in Poland.

Stewards started to appear at church doors telling protesters they would not be permitted to disrupt Mass.

 

Parishoners outside St. Florian’s church in Stalowa Wola defending the Church from protesters

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Parishoners gather outside the Church in old town of Torún. Apparently 1,000 abortion protesters arrived to confront them

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Police and Parishoners protect the Church in Białystok

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Police and Parishoners protect the Church in Białystok the following night

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Lines of Polish police also joined parishioners to hold the line as huge crowds of abortion campaigners continued to target churches.

St. Aleksandra in Warsaw on the 27th October. Police and Parishoners protect the Church from protesters

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Demonstrators protest in front of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Katowice, Poland. Police and parishoners protect the Church

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Police and Parishoners protect the Church of St Alexsandra in Warsaw

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Protecging the Sacred Heart Sanctuary of the Lord Jesus in Szczecin

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Polish Catholic Bishops thanked those defending churches.  Poland’s Czestochowa Archdiocese said windows had been smashed at its archbishop’s residence when protesters blocked surrounding streets.

“We thank pastors and all lay faithful who are bravely standing in defense of their churches. No one can protect the church and sacred sites better than the community of believers.” They called for a “sober social dialogue and expression of views without violence.”

The editor of Polish media platform DoRzeczy, said in an interview that the actions of radical leftist organizations are a threat to democracy.

“We are dealing with yet another expansion of barbarity. These attacks against churches are something absolutely unique to Polish tradition and have only been used by occupying forces until now,” Lisicki warned.

 

 

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