Priest calls for "new partnership" in community services

Saying that not much has changed since Jesus first told the parable of the Good Samaritan, Catholic Social Services chairperson, Fr Joe Caddy, has called for a new government, church and community partnership "to create a genuinely fairer and better world for all".

The Catholic Leader reports that Fr Joe Caddy, who is also Chief Executive Officer of Centacare Melbourne, told the National Colloquium for Catholic Bioethicists' Public Forum on Pregnancy Counselling in Melbourne this week that there was great potential to resolve the many concerns in society through the rediscovery of the notion of partnership.

Fr Caddy said 2000 years after the Good Samaritan story was first told, not much had changed in society with too many people prepared to turn a blind eye to those in need.

He said while it was true that, unlike some providers, Catholic agencies were involved in health, education and welfare services for reasons other than making money, the motivation for Church agencies in undertaking social services was not to manipulate the lives of service users.

Rather, he says, in the spirit of the Good Samaritan, to extend the mission of service to those in need.

In addition, there is the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic hospitals and health care, education and the many unsung initiatives of parishes and religious orders.

Fr Caddy said these services did not exist to provide social services exclusively to Catholics.

Partnerships for a fairer go (Catholic Leader, 4/2/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Social Services Australia

Critics misguided about Centacare: welfare leader (CathNews, 16/1/07)
Catholic Social Services baulks at cooperation with harsh policy (CathNews, 7/6/06)

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