REMARKS CONSOLERING; 'THE POLISH CONFESSIONALS LAW' BY FATHER JOZEF KRUKOWSKI - CRITICAL ARTICLE
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'Polish Confessional Law' by Father prof. Józef Kurkowski - a celebrated authority on Polish confessional law - is the second edition of this handbook which is the commentary on certain regulations to the law in force. The construction of the book has not been changed, however, a completely new final chapter concerning the confessional law in EU has been added as a supplement The content of the book is well arranged and intelligible. The most important issues are pointed out and then developed. The author has kept the systematical and methodological order. The content of the book is visibly influenced by the author's confessional membership and professional experience. From time to time Father Kurkowski appeals to the Catholic religious doctrine. What is more, he makes a clear gradation of denominations and writes mainly about the Catholic Church. 'Sects' are presented negatively and rather unilaterally. Unfortunately, the picture of the religious relations in Poland in the times of the First and Second Polish Republic is not complete. The thesis presented in the book that the Catholic Church has got public juridical personality is not valid. Besides, Father Kurkowski only mentions the explanatory Declaration to the Concordate from 1993. He does not present the practice of the religious relations in contemporary Poland - in the quasi-confessional country. 'Polish Confessional Law' is the synthesis which is generally essentialy correct in its content and undoubtedly has got a lot of didactic values. Nevertheless, there are some crucial concealments as the book too clearly reflects a specific point of view of the author, a person deeply engaged in the activity of the biggest Church in Poland.
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