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 heritage 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)". every one exemplifies one among 3 traits in television's chronicle of the church, from indicates of the 1960s-70s that concentrate on inner conflicts within the church, to these of the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties that illustrate the church's fight for relevance within the smooth international, and eventually these of the Nineties via this day that painting the church within the relatives context. alongside the best way, the publication discusses the courses' depiction of varied concerns dealing with the church in their instances, together with: the function of ladies within the church; clerics reconsidering their name; the sexuality of clerics; the ecumenical circulate; and the church's reaction to abortion, homosexuality, racial injustice and unlawful immigration. "The Church on television" appears to be like at American broadcast community courses that concentrated usually and largely on church leaders. It takes a historical-critical procedure, discussing seventeen courses in-depth and looking out not just at how every one depicted the church and its leaders but in addition evaluating this depiction to genuine church background. What tendencies emerged? Why? How actual used to be the portrayal? What does the depiction say approximately American pop culture and its view of faith in American society? it truly is those probing questions and solutions that convey the present study modern.

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Sisters at the time were represented in the media, from films to magazines and newspapers, as privileged representatives of the feminist movement. ”36 The story involves the usual clash between Sister Bertrille and the Reverend Mother, as Bertrille tries to solve problems caused by the convent’s poverty and inadvertently shows up the Reverend Mother. The episode begins as San Juan is suffering through a hot spell. At a meeting of the sisters (from which Bertrille is absent) the sweltering nuns ask the Reverend Mother to purchase air conditioners for the convent; they are particularly concerned about having cool air for the dispensary.

That the program arose during a time of change in the church and the concurrent rise of the feminist movement helps contextualize its depiction of women in general and nuns in particular. Sisters at the time were represented in the media, from films to magazines and newspapers, as privileged representatives of the feminist movement. ”36 The story involves the usual clash between Sister Bertrille and the Reverend Mother, as Bertrille tries to solve problems caused by the convent’s poverty and inadvertently shows up the Reverend Mother.

Dominic’s involvement upon Fitzgibbon’s approval. Fitz refuses to consent until O’Malley emphasizes how likely they are to beat the other teams. He reminds Fitzgibbon of their ace — a talented young athletic parishioner whose involvement should ensure a win for St. Dominic’s. 22 The series also emphasizes the differences among clergy of different denominations, as when Dr. Thornton, who is single, introduces his date to Father Fitzgibbon at a young people’s dance at the community center. Committing a minor faux pas, the older priest tells the Protestant minister’s girlfriend that she looks as charming as she did at the Christmas party, leading O’Malley to whisper in Fitzgibbon’s ear that that was a different girl, whereupon all exchange polite, nervous smiles.

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