Christians discuss social responsibilities
Churches must stand up for those who need help most, forum told
ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
April 13, 2011
“We have to take risks in carrying out social reform and not work in air-conditioned rooms,” Jesuit Father Lasantha de Abrew told a forum of Christian clergy and laymen discussing “Roles and Responsibilities of Christians in Social Reform.
“We must restore the dignity of the person, and that applies to the minorities in our country,” he told the gathering at the Caritas Sri Lanka auditorium organized by the Christian Alliance for Social Action.
Churches must stand beside victims, he said.
“Recognition of minorities means recognizing the other as my brother or sister. This is easy to talk about but difficult in practice,” Fr de Abrew said.
Tens of thousands were killed in almost three-decades of civil war. About 75,000 people have been listed as missing since 2004.
"We need to restore people’s dignity such as unwed mothers. Christians also have to prioritize to help those most in need. War widows should be given priority,” Fr. de Abrew said.
“If we want change, we must become agents of change. Spirituality means bringing about inner transformation,” observed retired Anglican Bishop Kumara Illangesinghe.
“We cannot ignore the plurality of Sri Lankan society and the importance of ecumenism and interfaith involvement to enrich society,” he added.
The bishop summed up by saying that education and awareness building programs are important for the future.
Sri Lankan widows still lag behind
Tamil refugees demand daily Masses
Jaffna diocese unites Sinhalese, Tamil youths
Marites Flor, a Filipino woman, was kidnapped with two Canadians and a Norwegian in September
Vatican spokesman treads lightly in response to events occurring inside China
Villagers in Bago Division destroyed parts of a mosque, a madrassa and some houses following an argument
Francis Atul Sarker vows to boost Caritas services for more people
Reintroduction will see many innocent and poor people executed in the Philippines, they say