Church on TV: Portrayals of Priests, Pastors and Nuns on by Richard Wolff

By Richard Wolff

Sister Bertrille, Father Dowling, and Reverend Camden - those 3 characters span the background of television's depiction of church leaders, from "The Flying Nun (1967-1970)" to "The Father Dowling Mysteries (1989-1990)" and "7th Heaven (1996-2007)". each one exemplifies certainly one of 3 traits in television's chronicle of the church, from indicates of the 1960s-70s that target inner conflicts within the church, to these of the Eighties and early Nineties that illustrate the church's fight for relevance within the smooth international, and at last these of the Nineties via this present day that painting the church within the kin context. alongside the best way, the booklet discusses the courses' depiction of varied matters dealing with the church in their instances, together with: the position of girls within the church; clerics reconsidering their name; the sexuality of clerics; the ecumenical move; and the church's reaction to abortion, homosexuality, racial injustice and unlawful immigration. "The Church on television" appears at American broadcast community courses that targeted on a regular basis and largely on church leaders. It takes a historical-critical method, discussing seventeen courses in-depth and searching not just at how each one depicted the church and its leaders but in addition evaluating this depiction to genuine church historical past. What tendencies emerged? Why? How exact used to be the portrayal? What does the depiction say approximately American pop culture and its view of faith in American society? it really is those probing questions and solutions that deliver the present learn brand new.

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O’Malley says he visited a sick parishioner, but managed to sell the car for $150, noting there were problems with the differential and clutch. ” Of course, when later the older minister meets the young thief to look at the stolen car, it is he who is taken in. Trying to convince the boy that he knows about cars and cannot be duped, he uses words he heard earlier from Father O’Malley, discussing the car’s differential and clutch, inaccurately identifying each part. The priest gets the boy to drop his asking price, at which point Father Fitz becomes suspicious.

Both Tom’s and Dr. Thornton’s presence in the series illustrates O’Malley’s complete acceptance of members of different religions, and others’ (including Fitzgibbon’s) residual uncertainty about the same. This resonates with actual attitudes of the time. Hence, learning that O’Malley and Colwell are driving to pick up an item being donated to the church, Mrs. Featherstone disapprovingly remarks, “When I was a young girl in Ireland, priests didn’t run around in station wagons with Protestants for chauffeurs,” to which Father Fitzgibbon observes that times change and that he is surprised that the housekeeper has not developed more liberated attitudes.

Sister Bertrille: Oh, but sister, times are changing so fast. Sister Jacqueline: I know, and the Reverend Mother tries very hard to understand but for her sometimes it’s difficult. Sister Bertrille: Well, thank you for the advice but you don’t have to worry. I’m sure the Reverend Mother and I will get along just fine. Sister Jacqueline: You think so? Sister Bertrille: Of course! We young sisters may approach things differently but our aims are still the same. As it would turn out, Sister Bertrille may have been too optimistic.

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