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English bishops reach out to lapsed Catholics

Catholic World News - November 14, 2011

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has launched “Crossing the Threshold,” a campaign to reach out to lapsed Catholics.

“We have something we're trying to market, and we’re just reminding people there’s something that can bring you happiness, satisfaction, and friendship,” said Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton.

“Some congregations can be entirely white, middle-class and wealthy, and if you don’t fit in, you might not feel comfortable,” he added. “I don't think clergy are always friendly, and sometimes Catholics appear quite cold. We had a tradition of not speaking out of respect: you said your prayers and minded your business. We have to be careful about that.”

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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Nov. 14, 2011 12:22 PM ET USA

    Be careful about what? Are we supposed to be jib-jawing in front of the Blessed Sacrament now? Why not station greeters and a welcome station in the vestibule, explaining why we're quiet in church?

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