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Only an 'eccentric' society lacks respect for elderly: Archbishop of Canterbury

Catholic World News - December 14, 2012

The Archbishop of Canterbury denounced the “eccentric idea” that elderly people cannot contribute to society, in his final address to the House of Lords.

Dr. Rowan Wiliams, who is stepping down as the leader of the Church of England, said that neglect of the elderly is caused by a tendency to see them only as “dependents” rather than full participants in society. He said that modern society has become “frenetically oriented toward youth” and lost sight of the contributions that elderly people can make.

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