Assessing Actions and Outcomes in Contemporary Central-Eastern Europe
Edited By Jacek Kurczewski
Reconciled Diversity – Contribution of the Opole Catholic Church to the Reconciliation of Ethnic Groups, Traditions and Cultures
‘One of the basic human rights is the right to be different. Christianity must allow people to be different. God is the reason for this, as every human being created by him is an original entity. God is unable to repeat himself’ (Nossol 1997, p. 201).
Taking up issues related to the Catholic Church’s activity is difficult and carries the risk of making many oversimplifications or placing a subjective emphasis on secondary aspects. If we add to the whole spectrum Poland’s socio-political (socio-constitutional) context, which has undergone many changes within the last century, as well as modifications of state and administrative borders – including those affecting the Church’s structural functioning (new dioceses, the loss of some dioceses in former eastern Polish territories and the takeover of the current western and northern territories), it becomes evident that an attempt to investigate individual areas of the Catholic Church’s functioning is undoubtedly a formidable challenge.
We encounter a similar problem when we analyse issues related to the Church’s functioning in the Opole part of Upper Silesia. It is very easy to generalise, oversimplify the context and ignore events and achievements of people who have determined it’s difficult, mainly reconciliatory, mission. While analysing the Church’s integrating role in Upper Silesia – especially in its Opole region part – it is easy, on the one hand, to face criticism for tackling specific issues ← 113 | 114 → by drawing on the experiences, research and literature accounted or produced by institutions and persons associated with the Opole...
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