I thank the Lord I've been blessed
With more than my share of Happiness!"
Ah, the old Ken Dodd song, so sugary sweet and so divorced from reality - but now according to Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel & Brighton Diocese, that's what the Bishops of England and Wales are bringing to the programme aimed at getting lapsed Catholics to return to the faith.
H/T to Fr Z here who has a full report here
The plan is to tour the country with this born again Catholic Roadshow and give the troops a taste of life back in the fold. They will be told how frabjously tickled we are to be Catholic Diddymen; nothing about salvation, nothing about a deep and reverent approach to the worship of Almighty God, nothing about the Son of God, Supreme Sacrifice, suffering and humiliation, death on a cross of the common rapist, murderer and thief, zero about three days in the tomb and the resurrection, and nothing about the inestimable power of God's forgiveness......just a little share of happiness 'cos that's what we Catholics are...happy, happy, happy!
They might be more successful if they hired KD for the job!
In America, they have a different approach and it's one that does not patronise.
Just over a year ago Bishop Tobin of Providence Diocese, USA, made an impassioned plea for 'inactive' Catholics to come home; it struck a chord with me, it showed love and understanding and it was about the faith, here it is:
Just click here to read it in full.