- On 2021-04-19
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Poland activists urge people to think before ticking Catholic box in census
Campaigners hope more accurate picture of country’s makeup will challenge government narrative of near-universal Catholicism
Activists in Poland are asking people to consider if they are truly Roman Catholic when filling out a national census, hoping a more accurate picture of the country’s makeup will challenge a government narrative of near-universal Catholicism.
In the previous census, completed a decade ago, 96% of respondents claimed they were Roman Catholic. This has been used by the rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party to justify a series of controversial hardline changes it supports, including stopping public funding of IVF treatments and a near-total ban on abortion.