By Richard Wolff
Sister Bertrille, Father Dowling, and Reverend Camden - those 3 characters span the historical past 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 one among 3 tendencies in television's chronicle of the church, from exhibits of the 1960s-70s that concentrate on inner conflicts within the church, to these of the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineties that illustrate the church's fight for relevance within the glossy global, and at last these of the Nineteen Nineties via this present day that painting the church within the kinfolk context. alongside the best way, the booklet discusses the courses' depiction of varied concerns dealing with the church in their instances, together with: the function of girls within the church; clerics reconsidering their name; the sexuality of clerics; the ecumenical flow; 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 centred usually and mostly on church leaders. It takes a historical-critical process, 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 historical past. What tendencies emerged? Why? How exact 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 carry the present learn brand new.
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When negotiating with grape farmers, who expect their money up front, Bertrille matter-of-factly explains, “it’s obvious you’ve never dealt with big business before” and that in “big business” everyone gets paid on the tenth of the month. ” With the sea grape juice bottled but having no one to distribute or purchase it, the sisters are excited when they hear some people have arrived at the convent to discuss their product. They rush out to the courtyard, only to ﬁnd the farmers waiting for their payment, it being the tenth of the month.
The younger priest offers his own wisdom, 11. ” Teleplay by Mark Weingart and Joe Connelly; story by Joe Connelly; directed by Joseph Pevney. October 17, 1962. Reviewed at UCLA. In the Beginning . . Conﬂict in the Church • 21 noting that it is easy to “forget the good and joyful and remember the bad and the bitter,” before the two discuss the difﬁculties of human relationships. At the episode’s end, the couple are together with both priests in the parish ofﬁce. While it has been O’Malley who has done much of the leg-work, visiting the parents at their home and discussing their options, it is nonetheless Fitzgibbon whose wise analysis sizes up their situation as he entreats the parents to realize the effect their disagreements have on their son.
December 19, 1962. Reviewed at UCLA. 22. ” Written by Richard Baer; directed by Fielder Cook. November 21, 1962. Reviewed at UCLA. 23. ” Written by Richard Baer; directed by Joseph Pevney. January 9, 1963. Reviewed at UCLA. 24. Keyser and Keyser, p. 104. In the Beginning . . Conﬂict in the Church • 25 more often it is Father Fitzgibbon who attends to money matters. ” In the same episode, Father Fitzgibbon sends O’Malley to recover debts owed to St. Dominic’s and one of its parishioners by a now wealthy businessman, instructing his younger counterpart to get the money for St.