Spirituality in Social Work with Respect to the Helping Person’s Education and Skills
Spiritual Sensitivity in Caritas Services: Why and How to Work with the Spiritual Dimension of the Life Situation of Clients
Martyria as One of the Christian Aspects of the Helping Worker
Caritas as the Third Sector of Society in Poland
Why Does a Social Worker Act in a Fanatic, Cynical, or Composed Manner? On the Relationship Between Spirituality and the Moral Attitude towards What Cannot Be Changed
The Caritas and Diaconia Organisations – Providers of Social Services or Secondary Church Structures?
The study deals with the relationship between church operated helping organisations and the churches operating them. It starts from the general charitable task of Christians, which is at present being realised precisely by churchoperated helping organisations accredited as providers of social services. The study shows how the churches’ charitable task is impeded by such a practice. It identif es the dif erent perception of the organisations and their work in the ecclesial and secular milieu as the cause of the situation. The secular setting does not understand the charitable organisations as a part of the church which realises its charitable task through them, but rather as the church’s filial company. As a result, the organisations’ work is perceived in the ecclesial environment as the work of a common provider of social services, which raises the question of whether they are still Christian. The study therefore proposes a basic direction for solving the relationship of helping organisations and the churches ope- rating them, so that the organisations partially give up on being integrated into the system of social services in order to help those for whom the social services system does not provide. For that they need substantial material and moral support on the part of the churches. If the churches provided it, the responsibility for realising the charitable task would thereby be relocated to their basic structure.
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