Does anyone have any ideas on why this TV show had to include Catholicism? They showed a space ship hovering below that one Jesus statue in Brazil, and they had a man, who constantly went to church, healed by the aliens.
Did anyone see this? Is it anti-religion???
Relax, there’s no need to write off the show just yet. That they’re willing to show Catholic priests as good guys already sets it apart from most shows on TV these days.
As for why they’re including Catholicism: as mentioned a couple of times in the pilot, there’s a big emphasis on devotion/worship, and how if used wrongly this can become dangerous. This is mainly aimed toward the reverence given the aliens; faith in God appears to be opposite to that. The show has already pointed out the deep spiritual void people feel when their worlds turn upside down… I’m sure crowds of people will turn to the aliens in a mistaken form of worship. Which is of course the bad way to go. As for the miracle of the man standing up- well that wasn’t really a miracle now, was it? While it is true that the younger priest was initially baffled by how aliens could fit in God’s plan, the older priest was there to counter his claims with a steady reliance on God’s will.
I don’t believe the show will end up dissing faith or religion in general (a la 2012), given how well the priests have been presented- so far anyway.
Will this show become anti-Catholic in future episodes? It’s possible… but based on the pilot I can’t say there is anything in particular to worry about so far.
Also, take note: We’ve got aliens promising “Hope” and “Change” and universal peace- even universal health care! Ahem… I don’t think it’s too much to assume that this show tilts to the right somewhat. And while being politically conservative should not necessarily be regarded as synonymous to being religious, or being kind to religion, I’d say that there’s a better chance that Catholicism will get a better representation than if this were a typical liberal show.
I don’t know but I thought it was laughable how the man comes to die in Church and the priest doesn’t even give him last rites! The priest just walks out and let the man die in Church.
Oh lol, I completely forgot about last rites when it came to that scene. I think the writers just overlooked that, so the priest could leave to get medical help… which is how your typical messenger-death scenes usually go.