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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Gordon Brown endorses Catholic social justice campaign
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¬†The Chancellor, Gordon Brown, met representatives of Caritas-social action, the social justice agency of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, in the Houses of Parliament yesterday, to lend his support to their Short Straw campaign. This campaign seeks to remind the Catholic community about those who continually draw the short straw in our society ≠ vulnerable older people, marginalised families and those with mental health problems. Gordon Brown encouraged Caritas to keep up the good work and applauded the Catholic voluntary sector's provision of services to those in need and welcomed Caritas's commitment to work with Government to build a more socially just society. Sarah Lindsell, director of Caritas-social action said: "We are delighted to receive this support. It is important that we work together with the Government to ensure that families do not buckle under the many pressures facing them today; that older people are not devalued and tossed on the scrap heap; and that those with mental ill health are neither stigmatised nor excluded. "Caritas is here to engage actively with social policy, Government structures and systems to achieve positive change. Together with our member charities throughout England and Wales, our advocacy addresses the causes of social injustice, not just its symptoms. "Caritas has a number of policy recommendations, based on the experience and expertise of the Catholic voluntary sector which has worked with excluded groups for hundreds of years, to change the lot drawn by marginalised and vulnerable groups." Philomena Cullen, policy co-ordinator of Caritas-social action, said: "Catholic social teaching makes it clear that the Church's mission is to transform our society by prioritising social justice. Our Catholic faith leaves us no choice. We are called to stand on the side of those who are most excluded. The Short Straw campaign therefore asks the Catholic community to stand up for and with those who continually draw the short straw". For further information visit:
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