The unofficial, working term for the first revamp of the Catholic Church, kicking off Catholicism WOW!, the year-long renewal of faith and style intended to bring Catholicism into the mainstream and combat the view of the Church as a passé, archaic institution.

The Buddy Christ is a statue of Jesus standing, smiling, and giving you the thumbs up. It replaces the crucifix, which is a highly recognizable, yet wholly depressing symbol. The new talisman reminds us that Jesus didn't come to Earth to give us the willies; he was a booster!

This node is not factual :)
This comes from the scene in the Kevin Smith film, Dogma, where Cardinal Glick (played by George Carlin) is introducing Catholicism WOW! at a news conference, and unveils a lifesized Buddy Christ.