2014 | 3(352) | 115-129
Article title

Przełomowe lata 1988-1989 w polityce pamięci Kościoła katolickiego w Polsce

Title variants
The Critical Years 1988-1989 in the Politics of Memory of the Polish Catholic Church
Languages of publication
In the Church’s narration on the transformations of the end of the 1980s there is a noticeable disproportion between the actual role of representatives of the Church during the crisis of 1988-1989 and later accounts of their activity. The Church emphasizes its involvement in the process of contesting the communist system but rather does not give prominence to its activity during the proceedings of the Round Table and the contractual elections. This stance follows from the new situation in which the Church found itself after 1989 and ensuing adaptation problems. For various reasons which are discussed in the text, its representatives developed a specific “politics of memory” that includes a formula of the Church – full of goodwill but betrayed and cheated – as a witness of the decisive events of the end of the 1980s. This is done at the cost of distorting the image of those events and is connected first and foremost with goals of an immediate nature.
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Publication order reference
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