Women in Need
Inside the Family
Making Ends Meet
Church had always seemed to provide a haven for the underprivileged.
The struggle between the extreme class spheres has been an on going
issue. The church has tried to be the understanding link between
the two very differnt worlds of the wealthy (bourgeoisie)
and the poverty stricken class. Before Public
Assistance was intergrated into French society and welfare was
even a program, the poor only knew of charity, although the wealthy
often did not. The poor often lived a life of prostitution,
criminals, and pure poverty.
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Catholic perspectives often varied with in the church walls.
Count Alban de Villeneuve-Bargemont's work emphasized on the ever
growing dimentions of poverty in France's most wealthy industrial
departments. He saw how poverty sharply diverged from previous
years. He discovered "that the more entrepreneurs of wealthy
industries an area conatins, the more poor workers it has"
(Lynch). His remedies for the social
problems for the poor were systematic and economic. He proposed
to return the poor worker back to a working environment where
their way of life would be more manageable (more agricultural)
and the relations between the employer and employee would be based
more on a human to human relationship rather than human to servant
Although Villenuive-Bargemont's idea to equalize the relationship
between employer and employee he still puts the poor into a "poor
stereotype". He basically states that they would be better
off working for people with the same status almost, perhaps a
bit higher. However this idea still keeps the social classes apart
and hostile feelings are still present.
||Another perspective about the two spheres of social
classes lie in the founder of the Societe de Saint Vincent-de-Paul,
Frederic Ozanam. (pictured left).