My Christmas present to myself this year was to avoid watching any secular trash presented as “religously oriented” specials during the holidays. I usually force myself to watch so that I can keep my eye on the enemy, but this year I just couldn’t bear it.
I have written to CNN so many times that my name must be on a list somewhere in the corporate office. They absolutely REVEL in division and are seemingly incapable of presenting a favorable or even fair program on Christianity.
The History Channel is worse. And they too have heard from me! I can truly understand why so many “Catholics” have jaded opinions of their own Church. I can understand why there is so much confusion among the faithful about the history of our Church. We don’t hear the truth about it from the pulpit, or from our Bishops. We don’t read about it in our Catholic papers. Unless we have been exposed to some orthodox Catholic media, like EWTN, we would never know what books to buy that might give us honest insight into the roots of our faith. Instead, we get this secular slop which is completely agenda-driven and most people will drink it in and never bother to investigate further.
In the last five years I can name only two channels that have presented our Church in a fair and favorable light. A & E broadcast the mini series “God or the Girl”, a documentary written, produced and directed by two Jewish men with no obvious ax to grind. The result was a beautiful and honest portrayal of young Catholic men discerning the priesthood.
The other was, of all things, TLC, which produced a lovely mini series entitiled “The Monastery”. It was a documentary about the Benedictine Monks and the five troubled men who stay with them for one month. It was beautiful and edifying and simply presented the monks as they are.
But that’s a pretty pathetic track record, IMO, for a country that is (according to the most recent poll) 85% Christian.