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NOVEMBER 14 2014 THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Cafod cuts jobs as it seeks to save £3m BY MADELEINE TEAHAN
THE Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Cafod) is to make 50 staff members redundant in a fresh drive to cut costs.
In a letter sent to Cafod’s supporters, the clergy and bishops, Cafod’s director Chris Bain said: “We are making the difficult decision to reduce our core organisational costs by £3 million.”
Mr Bain said that the organisation had been reflecting in the past few months on its mission aimed at bringing about a just and fair world.
He said: “Guided by principles of stewardship and the challenge of how best to support long-term change, we are making the difficult decision to reduce our core organisational costs by £3m to enable us to focus more resources directly towards our emergency response and our long-term development programmes and the partnerships needed to deliver them.
“This will help build a more sustainable, long-term way of working which can respond better to an increasingly changing and unpredictable environment in the knowledge that real change for the poorest is our long-term vision and commitment.”
He added: “We have been reflecting in recent months on how Cafod plays its part in bringing about the Church’s mission to achieve a just and fair world. This has meant listening carefully to our international partners, supporters and staff, Church networks globally and the wider development sector.
“Pope Francis’s call to ‘recover the original freshness of the Gospel’, finding ‘new avenues’ and ‘new paths of creativity’ ... has also encouraged such reflection throughout the Church.”
In his letter Mr Bain said the charity would prioritise stewardship, partnership, humility and sustainability in future.
He said: “This means working wherever possible to enable the Catholic community
Cafod must reflect on how it can ‘achieve a just and fair world’, Mr Bain said in a letter to supporters in England and Wales to play a greater role in participating in its agency.
“Recognising that the common good cannot be achieved without the contribution of every person and the particular gifts they bring, we will put a stronger focus on opportunities to volunteer.”
Mr Bain also said that this would mean “not assuming that we have the right answers to problems and ensuring that we do more to strengthen the expertise and capabilities of our international partners and the communities they serve. We believe that we should be even more focused on how the poorest in our world are more able to access and influence the resources and decisions which affect their lives, and therefore we should give greater emphasis to this in our allocation of funds.
“We have been listening to our partners, the majority of whom are part of the Church. They have asked that we trust and respect their expertise, and work alongside them to shape their own future within a local context where they are the experts in their own development.”
The number of jobs at Cafod rose from 405 to 440 in 2013. A spokeswoman for Cafod said this “was largely due to temporary staffing posts in response to emergencies such as the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan and opportunities resulting from the generosity of our supporters during the UK Government Match Funding of our Lent Appeal in 2012”.
Cafod was founded in 1962 and is an agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales.
Vatican bishop says 2015 will be a ‘decisive year’
BY ED WEST
A LEADING Vatican expert has said that 2015 will be a “a decisive year in history” in combating climate change.
Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, who is the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Social Sciences at the Vatican, gave the Paul VI lecture last Friday at the invitation of the bishops’ overseas charity Cafod. Speaking about the damage done by man-made climate change, he said: “We still have time to act. The challenge of climate change has become not only economic, political or social. It is also an issue of morals, religion, values such as justice and social inclusion, the obligation of solidarity with future generations and the moral obligation to care for the earth, namely creation, which is our habitat. And this is the point of concern for the Pope.”
The bishop, an Argentina and close friend of Pope Francis, gave the talk at Greenwood Theatre in Southwark, central London. It followed the launch of Cafod’s new campaign on global warming, called “One Climate, One World”. The bishop’s lecture drew inspiration from Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which addressed the rapid technological advances that have led to a “globalisation of indifference” and vast levels of inequality.
“Economic activity is measured only in terms of gross domestic product (GDP)”, he said, “and does not take into account the degradation of the
Earth that goes with it, nor of the unjust inequalities between countries and within each country.”
Bishop Sánchez said that 2015 would be “a decisive year in history”, with the next set of international development goals to be agreed in September 2015 and hopes that a UN summit in Paris in December will see a new deal on climate change.
When we change, something crucial will stay the same
Countdown to the magazine Luke Coppen
“THESE are days of change within the Church and in order that we may reflect these changes, this paper must change also.” Those words caught my eye as I rummaged through our archives last week. On a yellowing page dated November 19 1965, the paper explained why it was introducing a host of innova- tions, including the first touches of colour. “The Church is now looking outside herself, opening herself to the world, listening to man’s needs and learning from man’s insights,” it said. “This is why the Catholic Herald is changing, adapting the latest printing techniques, improving its presentation, pioneering new journalistic methods.”
The article was written at the end of the Second Vatican Council under the editorship of Desmond Fisher (who at 94 remains a formidable analyst of Church affairs). I found the editorial both disconcerting and reassuring. I was disconcerted, because the arguments for change were essentially the same as those in my article last month explaining why we are becoming a magazine (still available online). I was reassured, because I realised that throughout our 126-year history we have adapted constantly to changing conditions. At the risk of sounding pretentious, the Catholic Herald has embodied the maxim found in the great novel The Leopard: “If you want the thing to stay the same you have to change everything.”
That Catholic Herald editorial, written 49 years ago, also expressed the deep respect we, too, feel for our readers as we prepare to move to a new format. “These changes,” it said, “however drastic, are, in a sense, only superficial. For basically the Catholic Herald will remain what it always has been – a paper which treats its readers as intelligent persons, recognises that they are entitled to know what is going on, brings them significant news and comment.” Amen to that.
I leave you with some good news. We have decided that the Catholic Herald magazine will be available at an introductory price of £1.50. The magazine will cost more to produce than the newspaper, so our cover price has to be set at £2. But our introductory offer will run at least until Lent 2015.
Church closed five years ago to become a nursery BY ED WEST
AN EMPTY Catholic church is to become a nursery after Bradford Council granted planning permission for a change of use.
St Anthony’s church in Shipley was closed by the Diocese of Leeds in 2009, among several smaller parishes that were shut down during a reorganisation. The building was sold in March this year.
Sophia Noreen had applied for permission to open a nursery at the building in Owlet Road, although the application to turn part of the site into an indoor play area is still awaiting a decision.
The church was on the site of a former dance hall, the Palais de Dance, with a nearby house purchased as a presbytery. The church was dedicated to St Anthony of Padua and reopened in 1967.
Another nearby Catholic church, called St Anthony at Rose, was closed in 1997.
St Anthony’s was one of six churches closed down by the then Bishop Arthur Roche in 2009.
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Muslim peace prize given to Mary’s Meals founder
BY STAFF REPORTER
MAGNUS MacFarlane-Barrow, the Catholic founder of hunger charity Mary’s Meals, has been awarded the 2014 Prize for the Advancement of Peace by Britain’s Ahmadiyya Muslims.
The Ahmadis, who number several million worldwide and around 60,000 in Britain, give an annual award to honour an individual who has helped the cause of peace. The Islamic group rejects violence and goes by the motto “Love for all, hatred for none”, but suffers from extreme persecution in its Pakistani homeland.
Mary’s Meals was founded by MacFarlaneBarrow in 2002, and provides food for over 900,000 children every year, feeding them in schools in order to further their education. It can feed a child for a whole year for just £12.20. The charity is currently providing help in Liberia, which has been devastated by the Ebola outbreak. The National Peace Symposium prize-giving ceremony took place on Saturday at the Baitul Futuh mosque in Morden, south London, western Europe’s largest mosque.
BY STAFF REPORTER Bishop recalls service of railway staff
BISHOP Richard Moth of the Forces last week remembered railway workers who served in the First World War.
The bishop attended a ceremony at King’s Cross during rush hour along with 100 serving or retired Army personnel.
The ceremony involved the unveiling of a train, the Locomotive 91 111, that bore livery paying tribute to ex-servicemen and with a plaque that reads “For the Fallen”.
Two days later on Remembrance Sunday Canon Christopher Tuckwell celebrated a Requiem Mass at
Westminster Cathedral attended by representatives of the Armed Forces, including Martin Smith, Commandant General of the Royal Marines. He said: “We come to remember all who have died in war: those who have gave their lives for their country as well as those who were victims of war.”
Archbishop criticises remarks about synod
BY MICHAEL KELLY
ARCHBISHOP Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has lamented comments from clerics and others who said Pope Francis caused confusion.
Some priests have said the pope’s calls for an open discussion on how the Church should reach out to those who are marginalised, hurt and wounded in their lives during the synod of bishops on the family. Archbishop Martin said he was “quite surprised at the remarks of some commentators within church circles about the recent synod of bishops, often making accusations of confusion where such confusion did not exist and so actually fomenting confusion”.
He did not identify specific comments during a Mass marking the refurbishment of a church at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
American Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, was among those who described some discussions during the synod as causing confusion. The cardinal also said that it “could even induce the faithful into error with regard to the teaching about marriage”.
Archbishop Martin said he believed that “a longing for certainties may spring from personal uncertainty rather than strong faith”, adding: “A strong – and indeed orthodox faith – is never afraid of discussion.”
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