Tomasz Krzyżak: Better late than silent Episcopate – Comments

The government is going double and triple to encourage Poles to take vaccines, but the successes are meager. The lottery is not helping and the social campaign does not actually exist. Neither actors nor athletes encouraged Poles to vaccinate. No wonder.

The vast majority of restrictions have been lifted, restaurants, cinemas and theaters operate almost the same as before. Covid wards in hospitals have ceased to function, the incidence statistics have decreased, deaths are practically not recorded. It might seem that the disease has gone a long way from us – we have reached the point where the vaccine is waiting for the patient, not the patient for the vaccine. The problem is that we haven’t achieved herd immunity, and a virus lurking around the corner is waiting to attack again. And there are many indications that he will do it at any moment. And when the number of cases goes up, as mutant Covid-19 is taking its toll again, the outcry will rise.

There is no doubt that Poles should be encouraged to vaccinate. But how? In December 2020, the respondents asked about it by IBRiS at the request of “Rzeczpospolita” replied that the greatest incentive for them would be information about the health of people already vaccinated (55% of respondents), and 8% the scientists would have convinced. The same percentage (8%) counted on encouragement from religious authorities. The problem is, while Pope Francis and other Vatican officials spoke of the need for vaccinations, our hierarchy remained virtually silent. It is true that there were single voices of several bishops (eg Archbishop Stanisław Budzik, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, Bishop Józef Guzdek), but there was no loud, general encouragement from the Episcopate. There was, however, passivity towards behaviors that discouraged people from vaccinating. And this is through the mouths of rural parish priests who have denied and deny the pandemic, and these are priests with professors’ titles, who practically do not leave the studio of a certain broadcasting station, and this is due to the position of a team of experts who dealt with moral doubts about some preparations.

Now, when the letter encouraging vaccination was written by Card. Kazimierz Nycz, and the secretary general of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Artur Miziński met with the Minister of Health, the Episcopate is to appeal to the faithful to vaccinate. Better late than never … It remains to be hoped that it will not be a voice calling in the wilderness.

Source: Rzeczpospolita

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