Long-lasting friendship with the mentally disabled

Jean Vanier is the French-Canadian former naval officer and academic who founded L'Arche, the worldwide organisation of small, homely communities where men and women with a learning disability live alongside –- he would rather say "in communion with" -- their carers. In an age where everyone is entitled to a sexual relationship and where disabled people, when not aborted before birth, are often vulnerable to the well-meaning abuse of those who care for them, Vanier's is a prophetic voice.