March 31 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

12-SSVP

Scotland should be proud of the work of Catholic charities

This week’s editorial leader

THE statistics revealed by the SCO about the vast extent of the work done by the SSVP are extraordinary but they are not surprising. If you’ve had any contact with them at all, you’ll know that their conferences are full of men and women who go above and beyond, day after day.

That should not diminish the tremendous acts of charity the statistics contain or the real and profound help that tens of thousands of people have received from the Vincentians.

In towns and villages all over this country the local Church is a hub that saves peoples with kindness; people forgotten, abandoned and neglected—except by the Church.

Years of deep and vicious cuts to council services mean that over-stretched social workers cannot do a fraction of the work required to help a society that is ageing.

While this is a rich country, poverty bites harder than ever at the bottom. The networks of family, friendship and community that used to help people through the hard times are fragmented in a society were individual desires are seen as the highest priority.

Yet the Church is still there, holding the line. Helping those who need it. Being with the lonely. Tending the sick. This is God’s work and they are doing it.

The Church should be proud—Scotland should be grateful.

 

 

Leave a Reply

latest opinions

Thank God for the daily Mass-goers

May 24th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Those who attend Mass through the week are an invaluable...


Half-baked reality of two-income families myth

May 24th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Brandon McGinley’s Letter from America finds contradictions in the social...


Politics is in trouble and as Christians this must concern us deeply

May 17th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Dr Robert Doherty says gifted Catholic women and men are...


The statue of Our Lady of Aberdeen that holds a remarkable story of survival and Faith

May 17th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

As the statue of Our Lady of Aberdeen continues its...



Social media

Latest edition

P1-MAY-24-2019

exclusively in the paper

  • New headteachers’ chair looks to build on success
  • Sisters’ work hlping the poor celebrated on 50th
  • 125 years of the sisters of St Peter Claver
  • Tower of Babel still casts a long shadow, by Dr Harry Schnitker
  • Amen for Scotland’s newest deacon

Previous editions

Previous editions of the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper are only available to subscribed Members. To download previous editions of the paper, please subscribe.

note: registered members only.

Read the SCO