Britain society suffers from a lack of trust and neighbourliness, and people are "alienated by a selfish society", said the Church.
The Church says in a pre-general election report, called Choosing The Common Good, that society will rediscover its ability to trust by practising virtue, BBC reports. It outlines the importance of marriage for couples, and says the country has had "an expansion of regulation".
It adds: "Local institutions expressing good citizenship and neighbourliness, which are not beholden to the government, form a vital part of civil society."
The report goes on to say that trust has been "severely eroded".
It added: "Few need reminding of how major institutions have failed to live up to their calling.
"Members of Parliament have been pilloried for their use of expenses and allowances. Bankers have earned astonishing bonuses and brought the world economy close to collapse. The Catholic Church in our countries, too, has had to learn in recent years some harsh lessons in safeguarding trust.
"We understand the damage inflicted when trust is betrayed. The challenge for society is to build up our structures and institutions so that they command the same respect and trust as the individuals who represent them best."
Catholic attack on British society's 'lack of trust' (BBC)
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