Dutch Catholics have re-branded the Lent fast as the "Christian Ramadan" in an attempt to appeal to young people who are more likely to know about Islam than Christianity.
The Catholic charity Vastenaktie, which collects for the Third World across the Netherlands during the Lent period, is concerned that the Christian festival has become less important for the Dutch over the last generation.
"The image of the Catholic Lent must be polished. The fact that we use a Muslim term is related to the fact that Ramadan is a better-known concept among young people than Lent," said Vastenaktie Director, Martin Van der Kuil.
Well this only follows since Dutch Bishop Tiny Muskens earlier asked Catholics to use Allah for the name of God. Funny how more than a generation of reaching out and conforming the Gospel to secular culture with such products as the infamous Dutch Catechism results in young people knowing more about the Muslim than the Catholic faith.
Just think of all the Muslim comparisons we can use to teach Catholics the faith. Turning towards Mecca is similar to turning towards liturgical East at Mass. Praying five times a day is similar to the practices of the Litugy of the Hours. Prayer rugs are similar to kneelers. Beheading those who insult Islam is simlar to, I guess, notifying the Catholic League.