The work of our great charities gets Government off the hook
The intensification of the commercial significance of Easter and its potential for bringing salvation in the form of chocolate is steadily gathering pace. Meanwhile, many in our towns and cities long for the more basic salvation of relief from the struggle to keep warm and fed.
The levels of deprivation do not exist because of a lack of food and shelter but from an assumed lack of entitlement to these basic needs and weakness of the political will to address them.
Questions about belief in God ought to be replaced by questions about belief in humanity, allied to puzzlement as to how we can allow the suffering of the innocent. Calling on God to sort it out is a crass attempt to evade our responsibility for our fellow human beings, so inspiringly addressed in the lives and work of Sister Stanislaus Kennedy and Brother Kevin Crowley.