The Archbishop of Krakow, in Poland, has fired three women from the archdiocesan communications office for not being married.

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The Krakow Archdiocese confirmed Saturday that it had dismissed press office manager Joanna Adamik and two collaborators “who are unmarried”.

Two other women in the office “who, in their private lives as mothers, form Catholic families with their husbands, still remain employees of the Press Office of the Archdiocese of Krakow”, the Church statement explained.

Adamik later reacted to the statement, saying she “finally knows” why she had been terminated from her employment in the archdiocese.

“They fired me and Kasia Katarzyna for not having husbands, although alone (I would add that by choice and being practicing Catholics) we bring up adopted children and we are foster families for other kids, and [they also fired] Monika Jaracz only because she has no husband and no children”, Adamik denounced on Facebook.


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In the wake of the news of the women’s dismissal, Artur Samek, superintendent of the National Labor Inspectorate (PIP) in Krakow, confirmed his office had opened an investigation into the “possible misdemeanour” of the Archdiocese.

“We are waiting for notification from the Ombudsman regarding the scope of the audit”, Samek said.

“However, on our own initiative, we deal with the matter of the form of employment in the archdiocese”, the public servant continued, adding that the investigation would look into the fired womens’ contracts and working conditions.

“An employer who abuses civil law contracts can face a fine or other punishments from a court”, Samek warned.

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Why it matters

The women fired, Adamik, Katarzyna and Jaracz, each have extensive experience in communications.

In Adamik’s case, for example, that background extends over some twenty years.

Adamik was responsible, with her colleagues, for the design of the website of the Archdiocese of Krakow, as well as for designing the archdiocesan communications strategy and for conducting interviews.

The three women had worked with no problem under the former Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz (2005-2016), and for three years under Dziwisz’s successor, Marek Jedraszewski.

But Jedraszewski has gained a reputation as something of a conservative firebrand, even in the context of the ultra-traditionalist Polish Church.

Jedraszewski came under particularly intense criticism last month, when at a Mass to commemorate 75 years of the anti-Nazi Warsaw Uprising he denounced the LGBT+ rights movement as a “rainbow disease” which threatens Poland.

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