until today, religion lessons (lege: catholicism lessons) an ethic were optional- if you wish, you could send your children for one or for both (if the school provide ethic lessons) or for none of them.
starting from 2009, one of them will be mandatory; considering, that there is a great shortages in ethic teachers, the choice will be obvious. not to mention, that even now, catholicism lessons are in 2x 45 minutes system (per week), and ethic /if its in school/ : only 1 45minutes lesson per week. and, of course- headteacher doesn't have to provide ethic lessons in school; he may consider that when there is >7 students wanting that.
eh, just in case- thats another reason why poles are emigrating from Poland into more civilised countries
Are you equating the lessons taught in the Cathecism with the absence of 'civilization' as you call it?...The Church was the force and institution that civilized Europe, and the
Christian faith strengthened Poland in it's time of hardship...While the Church needs to modernize certain aspects, the teachings of Christianity are essential to a moral or ethical society...What would you replace it with?...Christianity has been under attack in America for many years by the worshippers of Mammon, and you see the result we have here...Or, perhaps you don't.