(Christopher Jamison, the Abbot of Worth in West Sussex)
Last week, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, expressed similar concerns about the direction of society when he said that social cohesion has been eradicated due to "rampant consumerism and individualism".Boycott Disney! The abbot's book, Finding Happiness (and Finding Sanctuary).
In 2006, Lord Layard, the Government's "happiness Tsar", urged for a rethink of economic and social policy after concluding that the pursuit of financial success has led to a rise in depression and emotional impoverishment.
However, in Fr Jamison's new book, Finding Happiness, he suggests that many of the answers can be found by people living more simply.
The book, published this week, urges people to reject the superficial temptations offered by contemporary culture.
He criticises the obsession with celebrity, which he blames for creating jealousy and a society in which people are dissatisfied with their life.
Finding Happiness by Abbot Christopher Jamison
BBC 'The Monastery'
Finding Sanctuary - The Monastery BBC TWO
Finding Sanctuary the Book- from BBC TV’s The Monastery
From CNA: Obama administration reveals plans to advance gay agenda
The relevant section of change.gov.
And from Market Watch: Tan Books and Publishers Acquired by Saint Benedict Press
(Tan Books and St. Benedict Press)