So maybe debunk all those myth the poor guy Grzesiek believes. Just in case he comes here in future, lives for a while and feels dissapointed.
1. Religious nation myth.
I heard that those statistics that 90-something % of Polish society are religious are in fact based on Church statistics of how many people are baptised in RCC. And that's true that most of people were baptised and have been brought up in Catholic tradition. By a Catholic tradition I mean they were celebrating Christmas, Easter etc in Polish traditional way.
However, funnily enough, most of my friends (young people) are agnostic or atheist... so how's it possible if 90-something % of Poles are Catholics?
Also many people are lapsed Catholics.
I would say that truly believing people are elders, they are frequent church-goers not only in Sundays but also in a minor celebrations.
People in middle age (40-65) can be either atheist or Catholics but they are mostly opportunists. I know many people in that age who say that they are avid Catholics but in fact, in everyday life, they don't bother too much about Christian values. So Catholisism in this case is very superficial.
Some young people very deeply believe in God, some are not intrested in spiritual issues at all, some are atheists, some are even against religion. It's all veriety of attidutes.
As for the other creeds and religions, there is some Protestant diaspora in Poland, maybe some Eastern Orthodox, the rest is rare.
I have an impression that Catholisism in Poland is more about traditions which blended with Polish customs (if you ask a Pole about Polish tradition most likely he would tell you about way of celebrating Christmas), than a truly spiritual experience. That's why some poeple mixes those issues: being patriotic with being Catholic (fortunately it's only a loud miniority, not a mainstream attitude, which is more mellow and balanced).
I don't have to say that most people don't really give a toss about contraception or premariage sex being evil or what Church says about other "sensitive issues". I never met a person who wouldn't use contraceptions because of religious reasons. I say that because many foreigners here seem to have really naive and ridiculous beliefs that probably most Poles being Catholic don't use contarceptions, marry early and wait with sex untill marraige. Lol, even the generation of my parents would laugh hearing that...
2. Poles feel bond.
Even in Poland there is autostereotype of Poles being very envious and mean to each other. Poland is described by sociologists as a country of very weak bonds within the society. It is said that many people are very indifferent to other people's suffering unless it's their own family (family bonds are rather strong indeed). Many people are very mistrustful to strangers. They won't invite you to their house if they don't know you.
During the times of recent emigartion (to the UK), do you know what was the most prevalent street smart advice? To keep away from other Poles abroad, because those other Poles are likely to deceive or use you.
I don't want to leave here an impression that Poles shouldn't be trust in general, it's just that every nation has its own self stereotypes which are not necessarly true in wider perspective. I think it's healthy to say that like in every society around the planet some people are bad, some people are good...
Being Polish is much more important to Poles then being American is to Americans
Believe me, Americans are way more patriotic.
therefore Poles realize that thier country is only a fraction of what it used to be
These are your original beliefs. No one in Poland shares it.
Note that Poland was partitioned, and shared among 3 countries: Prussia, Russia and Austria. Following your logic a German could say that today Germany is just a fraction and in fact German boarder should ends far beyond Odra river. A Russian could say that a Poland should never been in the UE and Nato because it should be in Russian influence zone just like she was during the times of Iron Curtain.
Poles never forget their history and appreciate more the gifts of freedom that American society gives them
You would be shocked to see Solidarity protests of todays with slogans: "Nie o taką Polskę walczyliśmy".