CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 8 December 2018

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Church is prophetic in social outreach

HONG KONG (SE): “The government welcomes the support of the Church, Wan Xinhua, a Chinese government official, told a conference in Shanghai sponsored by the Bible Society on November 12, the Christian Post reported.

“We lack the resources to meet all the needs that we face, so we need religious organisations in order to do so,” he explained.

Xinhua said that the beliefs and love of the Church should be considered to be an advantage to society, although he admitted that the charitable sector in China is facing a crisis of confidence due to corruption scandals.

He said that the Church is considered to be less corrupt than the government.

A leading academic, Choong Chee Pang, told the conference, “Many social problems have their root cause in social injustice, the abuse of power, inequality and the widening gap between the rich and the poor.”

He put this down to due to mismanagement of the resources, corruption and bribery.

However, he praised the Church for what he called its prophetic role in providing care for elderly people and the poor, which he described as being a challenge to both government and society.

“The Church needs to be a prophet and a servant,” he said. “This is not a problem in a free or democratic society, but in other societies it can be a sensitive issue. It is hard for the Chinese Church to play the role of a prophet especially with a critical voice.”

 

China is currently facing a social care crisis, particularly in the area of care for an increasingly ageing population.

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