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)". each one exemplifies considered 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 Nineteen Nineties that illustrate the church's fight for relevance within the glossy international, and at last these of the Nineties via this day that painting the church within the relations context. alongside the best way, the e-book discusses the courses' depiction of assorted matters dealing with the church in their occasions, together with: the function of ladies within the church; clerics reconsidering their name; the sexuality of clerics; the ecumenical circulation; and the church's reaction to abortion, homosexuality, racial injustice and unlawful immigration. "The Church on television" seems to be at American broadcast community courses that targeted usually and largely on church leaders. It takes a historical-critical technique, discussing seventeen courses in-depth and searching not just at how every one depicted the church and its leaders but in addition evaluating this depiction to real church heritage. What traits emerged? Why? How actual was once 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 convey the present study modern.
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When the priests do ﬁnd Robin, he questions his mother about the merits of being the “biggest Colored caterer” in the city, whereupon she scolds him for his attitudes about race. She observes that he feels doubly persecuted for being “Negro” and an artist, but that his problem with ﬁnding work is not his race so much as his mediocre talent as a musician. In the end, Father Fitz speaks with the jeweler, who admits that he is not certain that Robin was one of his attackers and only made the charge because he resented Robin and his family for being the ﬁrst African-Americans to move into the neighborhood.
For example, in one episode both priests face several dilemmas, from ﬁguring out who is stealing from the church’s poor box to helping a family as it struggles to stay together. Both priests have different ideas about how to proceed, each ultimately contributing in his own way. To deal with the stolen money, O’Malley immediately wants to call the police. In offering an alternative perspective, the older Fitzgibbon demonstrates characteristic wisdom and authority as he explains his ideas for dealing with the problem: “To steal from the poor, whoever he is, the poor man’s at his wit’s end .
Finally, O’Malley protects Fitzgibbon’s image by arranging for the boy who stole the car to work off the money he took from the priest by ﬁxing the church’s roof with his dad, a contractor. O’Malley, who brokered the deal, nonetheless congratulates Fitzgibbon for having made such a smart arrangement. Later the two original contractors walk up to the church and see the work being done on the roof. O’Malley tells them that Fitzgibbon got a better deal on the repair work and hired someone else. O’Malley does all this to protect Father Fitz.
Church on TV: Portrayals of Priests, Pastors and Nuns on American Television Series by Richard Wolff