I really wouldn't bind the future of a country to a religion, any religion!
Unless, of course, it is the One and Only, True Religion.
The more modernization, the less religiousity...
Saudi Arabia begs to differ ;)
They don't seem to miss their church!
Remember that I was an emigrant too, and all the Poles I knew back then in Dublin attended Polish Masses (even though it would be easier for most of them to go to a nerby Irish parish). Christianity is too deeply ingrained in Polish souls, and connected with the very core of polishness, for it to be uprooted in a generation or two.
What I found interesting though is that a majority of religious Poles isn't happy about PiS....and the closeness between the polish Church and this party!
Of course, most Poles (worthy of that name), find it abhorrent, and I shall repeat it again - ABHORRENT and completely alien to the Polish spirit, to see the Church and PiS in a form of caesaropapist alliance. Such, as you said, closeness of church and state is more typical of orthodox or islamic states, not the Catholic ones. Church in Poland is losing mass-goers at a very rapid pace, because of their alliance with PiS. They are sacrificing their unifying and pan-Polish position for short term financial gains. I am both amazed and appalled by the shortsightedness of Polish hierarchy.
Q: Why do Polish Catholics envy Catholics in other European countries?
A: Becauste they have episcopates, and Poland has an ePiScopate.
...it would be rather funny, if it wasn't so sad.
When I said that I hope Poland would remain a Catholic country (and I deeply believe she will, with the help of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Saint Virgin Mary Queen of Poland), I didn't mean a country happy with National-Socialist government and Folk Church touching each other's dicks - that's NOT
Catholic. I meant that the core values of our nation, expressed in Church's teachings regarding social/economic basis of wealth and well-being of nations (as expressed, for example, in Rerum Novarum
encyclical), love of your neighbour, the strength of Family, protection of unborn life, work ethics (Ora et Labora - benedictine way), frugality, restraint and humility, will always be upheld and defended by Polish people.
Supporting what the earthly institution of Polish Catholic church does on a daily basis, is a completely different matter altogether. Polish ePiScopate does NOT represent majority of Polish Catholics.
It's complicated, I know, but so is Poland. :)