The centenary of Poland’s restoration of independence again forces us Poles to face the need to define the most important values guiding our nation. The passing century has brought many systemic, technological and philosophical changes. However, the moral values stemming from the Christian tradition which have been the foundation for our national identity since 966 have not changed. From the start of the over ten-century-long Polish statehood, the family as the basic social unit has been the foundation of the nation, the society and the state as well as Christian and non-Christian religious communities of our country. The family is the basic means for passing on information about the world, our traditions and values, as well as of applicable norms and adopted behavioural patterns.
Restoration of Poland’s independence would probably have not be possible without the family’s involvement in preserving Polish culture and identity, our traditions and customs, as well as patriotic, libertarian and religious values and attitudes, and without raising new generations of Poles in this spirit. The duty of the reborn State and Church is to look after the family as one of the foundations of our common good, especially in times of crisis of standards and moral authority.
The family, seen in a broad spectrum of its contemporary Polish forms of organization, is an inspiration to start a debate on the possible ways of developing a modern Polish family, today’s emanation of its common good and quality of life, as well as its place and function in the state and the society.
Card. Kazimierz Nycz – Metropolitan Archbishop of Warsaw
To make a careful diagnosis of the foundation on which we build the Polish State, in order to supplement it, or to improve it as the basis of family, social and state life in the essential functions which currently require it.
To start to treat the family “so that it would become the pupil of the eye through which the Polish State looks into its future”.
To make a cross-party consensus and to build on what our predecessors have done regarding the family. “Among domestic and state matters there should be a several issues that everyone agrees on and which should be continued by all the parties, ones that are timeless, that no one will change or start from scratch. Among these issues, the family is undoubtedly also a continuation. And it is from this perspective of continuation, very creative continuation, that we want to talk about the family. ”
Jarosław Gowin – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education
To conclude a cross-party and cross-political agreement on long-term support policy for Polish families. “I have one basic postulate and a prerequisite. Just as over the years there used to be a cross-party, cross-political consensus in our country regarding issues related to our efforts to join NATO and the EU, today I want to appeal to all responsible political forces, to all social groups for a similar agreement above divisions when it comes to long-term support policy for Polish families.”
To accept a perspective above all divisions concerning Catholic social teaching, “to begin to fill up the divisions, to return to an attitude of dialogue, to seek agreement, compromise”.
To accept the criterion of consensus as a criterion of true morality in the sphere of political activities