Parliament should learn from the Church’s hands-on approach to tackling poverty, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a Westminster reception for the Caritas Social Action Network, he said facing reality was a crucial part of serving society, whether through the calling of politics or through the Church.
“For us this is what being a Church of the poor and for the poor really means. Our self-awareness is sharp; our sense of purpose is clear. Perhaps governments could take a lead from this too.”
Some 170 parliamentarians were due to attend the reception at the House of Commons today, as well as representatives from Catholic charities and faith agencies.
Cardinal Nichols contrasted a secular and uncertain vision for society with the Catholic vision.
“Many are fearful. We are not. We know. We are committed to our task,” he added.