Because of the regime's underlying hostile attitude towards religion, the approach to the Second Vatican Council in Poland, and in the entire Eastern Bloc, was completely different to that in western countries. This article analyses the «dual» reception of this momentous event in Poland. This reception included, on the one hand, the official state response, which was deliberately a non-response to the Catholic reform movement, yet at the same time effectively becoming the opposite - a form of marginalisation. On the other hand, the Roman Catholic Church in Poland and sections of the Polish Catholic community most certainly did respond to the impulses from the Vatican. This response was, however, not so much oriented towards the church, but reflected more the social environment among the well-educated and intellectuals - represented politically in the Znak-association, which was clearly critical of the regime.
|Tidsskrift||Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte/Contemporary Church History|
|Status||Udgivet - 2016|