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Caritas calls for allowance for every child in Europe, strengthening of welfare state

January 28, 2010

Caritas Europa, the consortium of Catholic relief and development agencices in 44 European nations, has launched a Zero Poverty campaign so that “no one is forced to live on the streets or dies prematurely because [he] cannot afford healthcare.”

Asserting that the “three traditional sources of social welfare” are the labor market, the family, and the welfare state, Caritas Europa pledged to lobby governments to “end child poverty by guaranteeing allowances for every child in Europe, regardless of the status of their parents; secure a minimum standard of social security for all; guarantee universal healthcare and strengthen the welfare state; [and] take active steps to ensure decent jobs with decent wages.”


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  • Posted by: FredC - Jan. 29, 2010 10:56 AM ET USA

    Does Caritas want extraordinary means so that nobody dies prematurely? A definition of "basic health care" (ordinary means?) is obviously needed.

  • Posted by: Ken - Jan. 29, 2010 8:35 AM ET USA

    kmbold - I agree Caritas Europa should change its name, but is should be changed to Socialist Europa.

  • Posted by: James Matthew Wilson - Jan. 28, 2010 11:16 PM ET USA

    Here's what I say:

  • Posted by: kmbold - Jan. 28, 2010 9:42 PM ET USA

    Good grief, what appalling judgment. The first thing they can do is change their name. This isn't caritas, it is furtum.

  • Posted by: lfjardine9175 - Jan. 28, 2010 12:38 PM ET USA

    These Catholic agencies should read your commentary on subsidiarity and go back and review the concept of the common good. Where is the traditional role of the Church in this mix? Tradition is a short thing today, for I am sure the welfare state is a modern conception. I would suggest that many of the problems that need addressing are the result of too much state and not enough family.