DO YOU THINK THAT THIS COULD EVER HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES? DO YOU THINK THAT THIS SHOULD HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES? NOTE THAT THE POLES GIVE FAMILY LIFE AS THE REASON FOR THE BAN, NOT RELIGION, BUT RELIGION SURELY UNDERLIES THIER REASON

High street shops in Warsaw (Getty)

Poland to phase out Sunday shopping by 2020

The government and trade unions want workers to spend more time with their families

Polish MPs have approved a bill that will phase out Sunday shopping by 2020.

Initially proposed by trade unions, the idea received the support of the ruling conservative Law and Justice Party, who want to allow workers to spend more time with their families.

The Sejm, the lower house of Poland’s parliament, passed the bill by 254 to 156 to restrict Sunday shopping to the first and last Sunday of the month until the end of 2018, only on the last Sunday in the month in 2019, and to ban it totally starting in 2020. It will still be permitted, however, on the Sundays before major holidays such as Christmas. Some bakeries and online shops will also be exempt.

The bill will now pass to the Senate, and then to President Andzrej Duda for approval.

In a statement, the Polish bishops’ conference said the bill did not go far enough, and that everyone should be free from work on Sundays.

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  1. Nice! It is obvious that the Rosary for Poland works. Maybe we should organize Giant Rosary chains around the Country here in the United States. We already have a culture that is 24/7, and it is tired people down, and making families forget God on Sunday. Off to the football game, or some other “required event”, after Mass, if Mass is even on the front of people’s minds. Reducing Shopping and commerciazation is great for Poland, and will be Great for the US. It can be done here too with much prayer and in steps!!!!

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