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Title: Spirituality and social work in Catalonia


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Spirituality and social work in Catalonia Enric
Benavent __________________________
Religion and Belief in Professional
Practice Wednesday 7 - Thursday 8 September 2011
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1- Framework
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1.1 Two legal referents
  • The Spanish Constitution
  • The Catalan Statute of Autonomy specifies the
    special traits of the Catalan nation, especially
    regarding the social services, which it is
    responsible for providing. The Catalan government
    is able to legislate, for instance, in education,
    social, health and prison services.

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1.2 Directorate-General for Religious Affairs
  • Created in 2006 by de Catalan Government to
    provide governmental control over the growing
    religious plurality in Catalan society.

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1.3 A highly secularised society
  • Religious practice among young people is around
    4,
  • Up to 48 of young people between the ages of 15
    and 24 say they are agnostics, atheists or
    indifferent to religion.

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2. Dealing with religious needs
  • 2.1- Religious attention in public hospitals
  • 2.2- Religious attention in prisons
  • 2.3- Religious education at schools
  • 2.4- Religious attention in social services

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2.1- Religious attention in public hospitals
  • Exclusive financial system for the Catholic
    Church, which allows it to provide religious
    attention in public hospitals.
  • Since 1992 Evangelical, Muslim and Jewish have
    the right to attend to the religious needs of
    their members in public hospitals but the costs
    of these services are paid by the corresponding
    religious community.

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2.2- Religious attention in prisons
  • Most centres in Catalonia provide both individual
    attention and religious meetings for the majority
    religions (Catholics, Evangelics, Muslims,
    Orthodox Christians, and Jehovahs Witnesses),
    and it can be said that 20 or 30 of the inmate
    population regularly benefits from these
    activities in a direct way.

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2.3- Religious education at schools
  • The situation of religious education in schools
    is a controversial subject in Spanish society.
  • In public schools Religion is a subject which
    must be offered to pupils in schools and accepted
    voluntarily by families
  • State-funded Catholic schools some Catholic
    schools have chosen to do Religious Culture
    rather than the Catholic religion in the classroom

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2.4- Religious attention in social services
  • Social work institutions in Catalonia basically
    follow the following management models
  • Public
  • Subsidised private organisations
  • Private

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2.4- Religious attention in social services
  • A large number of Catalan organisations in the
    Third Social Sector have a religious origin or
    identity, mainly related to the Catholic Church
  • The Catholic social institutions have mostly
    chosen to adopt a performance model based on
    attending the persons needs and leaving aside
    everything that can be interpreted as proselytism

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2.4- Religious attention in social services
  • Dealing with spiritual needs is usually a hard
    and complex task for professionals. It is hardly
    ever dealt with and then only if the worker is a
    sensitive person or has prior training on the
    matter.
  • Most professionals are not prepared to work these
    issues.

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3. Future challenges
  • Spirituality is being recognized as an important
    dimension of the human being
  • Some books, documents and manifestos are
    beginning to discuss spirituality in relation to
    the social professions

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  • Thank you!
  • ebenavent_at_peretarres.org
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