Anyone else read Fr. Frank Poncelet’s books Television: Prelude to Chaos or Airwaves from Hell or hear about “Our Lady’s Apostolate for No TV” that this priest started?
My wife and I read his very hard-hitting books during Lent while giving up TV. In short, Fr. Poncelet, an airline pilot who became a priest later in life, says, “TV is the greatest cause of immorality, abortion mentality, and soul destruction.” EEG data on how your brain’s critical-thinking left hemisphere shuts down after 30 seconds of watching TV was fascinating.
Fr. Poncelet’s books made us do further research. Actually, there is a whole anti-TV movement out there as evidenced by www.turnoffyourtv.com, for example.
While I would disagree that TV in and of itself is totally intrinsically evil, I would agree that 99% of broadcast TV is sinful to watch nowadays based on the statistics of how often immoral scenes occur every few minutes and how we are not to put ourselves in occasions of sin.
In any event, I do agree 100% with Fr. Poncelet that it is absolutely terrible that the “average” Catholic over a lifetime spends 7 years in front of the TV while on 3/4 of a year in Church! Fittingly, Fr. Poncelet sums it all up with “TV’s 23rd Psalm”:
“The TV is my shepherd, I shall not want. It makes me to lie down on the sofa. It leads me away from the Faith. It destroys my soul. It leads me to the path of sex and violence for the advertiser’s sake. Yea, though I walk in the shadow of Christian responsibilities there will be no interruption, for the TV is with me. It’s cable and remote control, they comfort me. It prepares a commercial for me in the prescence of my worldliness. It anoints my head with humanism and consumerism; My coveting runneth over. Surely laziness and ignorance shal follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell in the house watching TV forever.”
In sum, Fr. Poncelet argues that TV is the cause of nearly all our present-day evils. Do you agree? I look forward especially to any comments from others who have read his books and/or researched this topic.
Thanks and God bless,