Saturday, 7 September 2013

Fr Blake on the poor

On the normally very good Pewsitter this morning I came across a headline saying "UK Catholic Priest: 'The poor are lying, drug-abusing illegitimates'; Pope Francis wouldn't approve ..."

The link is to an article mocking blogger Fr Ray Blake for a piece taking to task those who romanticise the poor, and think that solutions to poverty are easy.

Unfortunately Pewsitter failed to include a link to Fr Blake's response to the scurrilous attack on him.

Fr Blake's parish (in Brighton, UK) is surely a model one: liturgically he says both the EF and OF; in terms of practical charity, the parish runs a daily soup kitchen.

Fr Blake regularly discusses the charitable outreach of his parish and the challenges he faces personally: to suggest that he is in any way at odds with Pope Francis' emphasis on practical charity is utter nonsense.

What he has done, however, is pointed out some of the practical issues around both dealing with the poor, and some of the odd signals coming from the Pope.  And in doing so has brought the opprobrium of the secularist media upon himself.

Let's hope the Catholic media at least pick up both the responses from Fr Blake himself, and some of the others around such as those from:

Mulier Fortis;
.Caroline Farrow;
.The bones you have crushed may thrill;
.Bruvver Eccles and here;
.Creative Minority Report;
.Hermeneutic of Continuity;
.Valle Adurni;
.Idle Speculations;
Fr Zulsdorf;
Idle Speculations;
A Country Priest.


Mulier Fortis said...

Thanks for the link, Kate...

terry prest said...

Thank you for the link and more importantly for redressing the wrong done to Father Blake