Posts Tagged ‘poverty’

Pope Francis says he didn’t have the time because he already had a date eating with the homeless. In fact, he is not only going to be eating with them, but serving them. The meal will take place at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, D.C.

Rather than try to write some great prose about this situation, we will simply quote Eric March from the website Upworthy, because he nailed it:

Unlike some of his predecessors, Francis has reminded journalists and world leaders time and time again that the church is for the poor, blasted the global financial system which causes so much poverty in the first place, and called on Catholics across the globe to take action and start lifting up the most vulnerable among them.

He’s also spoken out forcefully against economic inequality.

Including some of the worst, most exploitative labor practices in the world, which create conditions that allow hardship and desperation to thrive.

Blowing off John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi to serve the homeless is pretty much the kind of badassery we’ve come to expect from this pope when it comes to speaking up for the world’s most hard-up.

“Pope Francis is the ultimate Washington outsider. His priorities are not Washington’s priorities,” said John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University.

“We think we are the centre of the world. We are not the centre of Pope Francis’ world. He is frankly more comfortable in the slums of Argentina than in the corridors of power.”

Frank is also very comfortable trying to get the politicians of this world to understand that Climate change is real, and that it is caused by humanity, and that screwing the planet is not the sort of stewardship God intended us to follow.

We really like this guy. Really like him. He’s our type of Christian, and our type of leader.

We sincerely hope someone doesn’t shoot him, or that he doesn’t have a very convenient heart attack. And no, we’re not kidding.

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Wellthisiswhatithink Politician Meter Reads: PLONKER

Story from Jessica Elgot at Huffington Post UK

Lord Freud, the millionaire Tory minister, has told the House of Lords that there is no evidence that the growth of food banks is linked to growing poverty and hunger – merely that people wish to get food for free.

Freud, a Work and Pensions minister, prompted loud jeers from the Opposition benches when he insisted that the food banks were not considered part of the welfare system.

Former investment banker Freud was responding to a question from Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, about the issuing of food vouchers by Jobcentre Plus branches for use at food banks.

He told the Lords that food banks were “absolutely not part of our welfare system, in which we have other means of supporting people.”

Challenged by Lord McKenzie of Luton and the Bishop of Truro, Rt Rev Tim Thornton, on the link between benefit delays and people being driven to use food banks, Lord Freud said there was “actually no evidence as to whether the use of food banks is supply led or demand led.

“The provision of food-bank support has grown from provision to 70,000 individuals two years ago to 347,000. All that predates the reforms. As I say, there is no evidence of a causal link.”

Freud said it was “difficult to know which came first, the supply or the demand.”

“Food from a food bank—the supply—is a free good, and by definition there is an almost infinite demand for a free good.”

This week, the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest network of food banks, reported that 70% of families suffering from food poverty with children in primary school education rely in some part on food supplied by schools, either through free school meals or food given out by breakfast or after school clubs.

Trussell Trust foodbanks have recently seen the biggest ever increase in numbers – almost 350,000 people received three days emergency food in 2012-13, 170 per cent more than the previous year.

“We’re meeting parents who’ve gone hungry for days in order to feed their children, and school holidays are always especially difficult with many budgets stretched to breaking point,” Chris Mould, chairman of the Trussell Trust said.

“We are concerned that Lord Freud has failed to understand the reality of hunger in the UK,” said Jonny Butterworth, director of JustFair.

“Families do not use food banks because they like free food, they use them because they are desperate.

“Many British people are forced to rely on food aid because prices for heating, food, rent and travel are rising rapidly, while incomes remain static and social security is being delayed, capped, frozen and cut.”

I think this is a meaningful, timely and heartfelt article that we would all do well to read. I urge you to click the link below, right now:

http://valentinelogar.com/2012/06/20/generations-lost/

Grinding poverty, poor social provision, perpetual disadvantage. These are the unseen people, and they are our children. Unseen, not because we can’t see them, but because we don’t look. We choose not to look. We look away.

This is what America’s election in 2012 should be about, not pettyfogging issues of who gets a tax break, who pays for a woman’s contraception, or all the other nonsense.

This is a FACT. Millions of American children are abused, or are injured or die unnecessarily, or remain essentially uneducated, or have basically zero life opportunities, in the world’s wealthiest nation.

The world’s WEALTHIEST nation. Consider this simple NCCP stat: 21% of children in the U.S. live in families that are considered officially poor.

Oh yes, and the average age for the sexual exploitation and trafficking of a runaway child in America is 13.

Well done, Val, keep it up.