CNA Staff, Oct 25, 2020 / 14:30 pm
The president of Poland’s bishops’ conference has urged critics of a landmark abortion ruling to express their opposition “in a socially acceptable way” after protesters disrupted Sunday Masses.
In a highly anticipated ruling, the Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw declared that the law introduced in 1993 was incompatible with Poland’s constitution.
The ruling, which cannot be appealed, could lead to a significant reduction in the number of abortions in the country.
Videos on social media showed protesters interrupting Sunday Masses while holding signs supporting abortion.
“Profanity, violence, abusive inscriptions, and the disturbance of services and profanations that have been committed in recent days -- although they may help some people to defuse their emotions -- are not the right way to act in a democratic state,” the archbishop of Poznań said.
“I express my sadness that in many churches today believers have been prevented from praying and that the right to profess their faith has been forcibly taken away.”
Gądecki’s own cathedral was among the churches targeted by protesters.