Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has warned that thousands of families will be affected by reforms to welfare and legal aid now going through Parliament.
In a letter yesterday in The Times, he called for child benefit to be exempt from the proposed cap on household benefits and said new provisions that will leave benefit claimants liable to repay debts accumulated as a result of administrative errors should be removed.
I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men [and women] who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it. I want an intelligent, well-instructed laity - I wish...to enlarge [their] knowledge, to cultivate [their] reason, to get an insight into the relation of truth to truth, to learn to view things as they are, to understand how faith and reason stand to each other, what are the bases and principles of Catholicism...
Blessed John Henry Newman
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