Terry Wogan, above, ditched religion in his teens. But a priest who was a close friend of one of Britain’s best loved presenters who died today aged 77, said that Wogan was:
Certainly the most spiritual, faith-filled man in the world.
According to this report, Fr Brian D’Arcy, above, a regular contributor to Wake Up To Wogan for 20 years, was a friend for more than four decades and officiated at the weddings of Sir Terry’s children.
He was filled with love, he was filled with charity, he helped so may people in a quiet way. Honest to God, if there is not room for Terry Wogan in heaven, well then, the God I’ve been preaching is a way off.
Sir Terry spoke in recent years about not believing in God, saying that he had privately railed against faith after the death of his three-week-old firstborn daughter.
But, according to this 2004 report, Wogan, who was born in Limerick, Ireland, claimed to have left the Catholic Church when he was 17.
My parents were shy people and the worst sin in the Catholic church, after sex, was vanity. So how any of us came out of it with any self-regard, I don’t know. But I always had self-esteem. I think it came from being on my own for so long before my brother was born.
He said the Limerick of his childhood was “cursed” with religion and not even the scepticism of his parents – “They knew it was a lot of rubbish” – could entirely protect him from it.
There were hundreds of churches, all these missions breathing fire and brimstone, telling you how easy it was to sin, how you’d be in hell. We were brainwashed into believing.
When he lost his faith, it came as a relief.
My whole life changed. If you haven’t any doubts, you’ve no brain.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn