The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council  has called on Catholics to be more sensitive to people who are unemployed.
    In his pastoral letter, issued for the feast of St Joseph the Worker, Council Chairman Bishop Kevin Manning said, "too often people who are unemployed feel invisible, or even unwelcome in our parishes.
    "Perhaps some of us judge people too readily for failing to contribute their work to society without judging the structures, processes and priorities of a society that excludes many of its members from paid work," Bishop Manning said.
         "Maybe some of us simply avoid unemployed people because we are awkward, embarrassed, or afraid of touching painful experiences in a clumsy manner.  Maybe some of us are angry or ashamed about being unemployed and find it easier to avoid contact.
         "It takes courage to share one's difficulties and risk being judged or patronised when reaching out for support.  Everyone has a part to play in ensuring that unemployed people in our Church communities are included, acknowledged and treated as sisters and brothers."

1:30pm 29/4/99 / Catholic Weekly


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