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Churches and Religious Communities in Poland with Particular Focus on the Situation of Muslim Communities

This article examines complex relations between the state and churches as well as religious communities as defined in the Constitution of Poland (1997), in the Concordat with the Holy See (1993), in the statute on the guarantees of freedom of conscience and religion (1989) and in the separate statutes on relations between the State and a given denomination. This article also looks at the legal situation of the Muslim Community in Poland mainly comprised of the Tartars, who settled in Poland centuries ago (between 14th and 17th century) who have a separate statute dating back to 1936, and the new Muslim immigration who have formed their associations under the general statute dated 1989.

Churches and Religious Communities in Poland with Particular Focus on
A woman holds up a cross during demonstrations against a play (Golgotha Picnic) which criticizes Jesus of Nazareth and his message. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI
 

Constitutional Law

 

Basic Principles

The relations between the State and Churches and other religious communities in Poland are laid down in the Constitution of the Republic of 1997, in the Concordat of 1993 between Poland and the Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church,1 in the statute on freedom of conscience and religion of 1989,2 and in detailed statutes and regulations of various dates. There have been only a very limited number of respective court judgments, and the existing ones, like those in other European continental states, are binding exclusively in a given case and inter partes.3 A brief look at the relevant portions of these documents, statutes, and judgments should provide a clear foundation for the ensuing discussion. 

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