Spoken as only a man who doesn't know the UK would say.
More than you could possibly fathom boyo.
If I recall correctly, only 8% of Poles in the UK go to church regularly, and it is highly unlikely that many would convert for anything other than school related reasons.
Anyone who knows anything about Britain and Polish migration wouldn't need to make such qualified statements about it. Anyway, people find their gods in all sorts of places. For some it is at the bottom of a bottle of booze they just emptied. For others it's at a school's admissions office. And for many more its the seeds of discontent I've mentioned already which have been sown at every level of British society. Tony Blair's conversion and the presence of Poles practicing their Catholicism openly would indeed have an influence on those UK persons who desired to become or return to Catholicism but lacked the role models in society to help them commit to going through with it.
Before his conversion his wife's Catholicism was criticized by Protestant and secular people in Britain as the reason she had so many children. It is quite odd that on one hand Britain will boast of its openness, tolerance and diversity and yet on the other it is still unthinkable that in the 21st century an elected Prime Minister could be a Catholic and so has to wait to leave office before practicing a private matter of faith other than Protestantism. Odder still the very head of the CoE and members of her family have no problems following protocol and dawning black lace to show deference when they are granted an audience with a pope.
Camilla happily following protocol to show respect towards a pope.
Considering your postings one would have thought you were firmly rosy red in your politics. Are you tellings us you never voted New Labour? Shocking! Well, not really. There are plenty of people in Britain who never run out of breath proclaiming their liberal convictions and credentials in public but then at the polling stations once the curtains are drawn shut they vote with their wallets and heavily tick the box for Conservative Party each and every time. I don't see why you mention Scotland since it is a marginalized part of the UK. It never carries the nation in any election and if it actually declared independence tomorrow no one south of the border would ever notice.
As for Scotland, that's a remarkably stupid and naive statement to make. No-one is going to build a Scottish identity around Catholicism.
Many of Scotland former monarchs were Roman Catholics; Mary Queen of Scots being one of the most well known.
Back in earlier centuries, much like today's immigration patterns, there were many different migrant groups to Scotland, which included Poles, who helped Catholicism to re-emerge there:
The aftermath of the failed Jacobite risings in 1715 and 1745 further damaged the Roman Catholic cause in Scotland, and it was not until Catholic Emancipation in 1793 that Roman Catholicism began to regain civil respectability.
During the 19th century, Irish immigration substantially increased the number of Roman Catholics in the country, especially in the West of Scotland. Later Italian, Polish, and Lithuanian immigrants reinforced those numbers.
You may think it is far fetched that anyone in Scotland would use religion as a source for identity. But if more and more votes are needed to make independence viable then appeals will be made to show that Scotland historical has always been different from England and the rest of the United Kingdom. And religion is an obvious way to do this. And if it so happens that the Vatican were to endorse or go further and recognize an independent Scotland you can bet it would be used as political capital by separatists.
There's a lot of significant differences, particularly in relation to the Marian cult.
If you actually attended a regular mass at either a CoE or RC church you would find there is very little difference to the services they carry out. And this shows a lack of imagination on the CoE's part even though they broke away from Rome centuries ago and so have had plenty of time to come up with their own script and costumes to wear. Pass a CoE or RC church today, ancient or modern, and you usually still have to stop and look at the sign out front to tell you which one it belongs to.
For those Catholics who pray to the figure called Mary that's their business and it isn't wide spread within or without of the RCC. I see it for what it is: market segmentation. Besides, for Protestant or agnostic feminists who want some spirituality in their lives but would rather throw themselves off a cliff before worshiping a male figure then Mary of Nazareth makes an excellent idol for them to project their thoughts, words and feelings at.
Dare to think.
I'll refer you to the Posting Guidelines below about insulting others here on PF. Apart from that your rant hasn't contributed to this thread.