From London Evening Standard
Britain is in a "very parlous state" morally because of a lack of vision about what kind of society we want, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
The Most Rev Justin Welby warned churches and other community groups that there was a "shift of responsibility" and they could not simply be the "recipients" of other people's actions.
He said a vision of society for families and communities, in particular young people, had been "absent" for up to 30 years.
"It is a time for action by us, for our communities, in a way that there is an opportunity to do that has not been there for very, very many years," he told Citizens UK, a coalition of community organisations.
"For that to work, for there to be a building of cohesion, there has to be vision as to what kind of society we want and that is one of the things for families and for communities, particularly for young people, that has been absent in many ways over the last 20 to 30 years and has brought us to the very parlous state that we are in morally in many ways today."
Mr Welby warned his audience, gathered at Queen Mary, University of London, in the East End, against exaggerating the recession by describing it as the toughest ever time for families and young people.
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