I watched House last night and there was a sick priest accused of being a pedophile. It starts with him having a hallucination of Christ in all of his suffering.
He’s treated like **** at the hospital b/c they think he’s a pedophile even after the priest says the teenage boy was confused and he was innocent. He tells them that he has lost two positions as pastor b/c of the false allegation and that he ended up working in a soup kitchen by himself. He’s depressed and has lost his faith. He resorts to drinking scotch and smoking cigarettes.
So the doctors think he has AIDS and the priest says it’s not possible b/c he’s never had sex or a blood transfusion. They don’t believe him and treat him with contempt.
In the end, the teenage boy visits the priest at the hospital and says he’s sorry for everything and the priest forgives him right away. Then all the doctors realize that they were all wrong in judging the priest.
They find out that the priest really has an auto-immune disease similar to AIDS, but treatable.
At the end of the story, the priest gets his faith back and realizes that maybe his hallucination of Jesus was real.
I was shocked that this story actually depicted a priest in a positive light. Hollywood and the media usually depicts the Catholic clergy as being immoral.
It was a beautiful story and I"m sure something like this has happened many times to an unfortunate priest. It gave me a better understanding of why priests are so careful with lay people; especially women and youth.