“Would homeless people have to burn themselves out to get help?” A priest wonders about the impulse of generosity for Notre Dame


Father Guy Gilbert, recently made canon of Notre-Dame, welcomes donations for the reconstruction of the cathedral but would like the same to be done for the most destitute.

Since the terrible fire that ravaged Notre-Dame de Paris, donations for the reconstruction of the cathedral have been pouring in and this unprecedented generosity has reached new heights with an incredible sum now exceeding one billion euros.

Donations that are already making teeth gnashing because beyond these generous contributions, which prove how much the French are attached to the edifice, it is the colossal figure that is of concern in these times marked by ever-increasing social injustice.

Thus, without questioning the validity of this outpouring of solidarity, many voices were nevertheless raised, regretting that such sudden generosity is not the same when it comes to helping the most needy.

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“Bravo for the stones, but maybe we should take care of the humans first.”

Among these dissonant voices is that of Father Gilbert, the highly mediatized man of the church who is affectionately known as “the priest of the loubards” because of his past actions for the young people who are idle and excluded from society.

Asked by our Belgian confraternities of Sudinfo, the one who – ironically – was made canon of Notre-Dame de Paris last December, said :

« The cathedral is badly damaged. Donations come in from the wealthiest of the wealthy, from individuals by the thousands. Thank you. Thank you. Would the homeless have to be on fire to get help so quickly? “, he asked.

« My message obviously reached a lot of people. I cry in my heart for Our Lady, but we have more and more hands reaching out to us for help. “, he added.

And to conclude, a bit fatalistic: ” All the presidents have promised us every time that they would do everything to make sure that there are no more homeless people on our streets but nothing is being done. So bravo for the stones, but maybe we should take care of the humans first…».

An opinion shared by several people on social networks and which can be summarized through the tweet posted by writer Olliver Pourriol on Tuesday.

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