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Polish churches to list names of drunk drivers?


(RNS) — Hoping to curb alcohol abuse, Polish officials have asked Roman Catholic churches to read the names of convicted drunk drivers from the pulpit during Mass, according to Catholic News Service.

Church leaders will consider the request, a spokesperson for the Polish bishops’ conference told CNS, and at least one diocese has reportedly agreed to read the names at the end of Mass.

Despite tougher penalties, drunken driving incidents increased by about 46,000 between 2001 and 2005.

Still, Piotr Brzakalik, a Catholic sobriety chaplain in Poland who recently launched a campaign against drunken driving, refused to endorse the plan.