Saturday, February 15, 2014
I agree with Abp Nichol
I agree with Archbishop Nichols in his statement about the plight of the poor, he is to be commended.
Our parish is facing financial difficulties, there has been a serious drop in income over the last few months, it is all too noticeable people have less to give. For many poor people the choice is often between eating or heating. Many of my parishioners have real fears of debt, rent arrears and homelessness Mothers go without so their children can eat.
There are psychological effects; depression, a sense of hopelessness that comes from poverty. Some people, a very few, are masters of the social security system and know precisely what their rights are and how to get them but others simply give up, having neither the inclination to jump through the hoops set up for them, nor the disposition to cope with the investigation, interrogation, suspicion and possible rejection.
Recently I have been meeting parents who are terrified that there poverty is placing their children in a situation where they fear their children are likely to be taken into care
Posted by Fr Ray Blake