Last week I had a bit of a rant about the bbc tv channel here in the UK and its secular leanings, however last tuesday night it aired a great documentary called Young Nuns, following 2 young girls in their early twenties and their journey on entering the religious life. The bbc website website explains “At the beginning of the 21st century, becoming a nun might seem like an extraordinary thing to do. Yet each year in Britain, a small but growing number of young women are giving up careers, boyfriends and everything they own to devote themselves entirely to God.” A small but growing number - and thats coming from the bbc, secularist veiwers! It also gave insight into the life of the Fransiscan Sisters of the Renewal in Leeds and showed the amaizing work they do. Overall it showed the lives of nuns and the Catholic Church in general in a very positive and up-beat manner. Very refreshing! You can watch it here:
Also there was an episode of Midsomer Murders (detective drama) an ITV about the murder of a nun that takes place inside an ancient convent in modern day rural England. This also showed the lives of nuns in a positive light as the nuns who were left to greive their sister were really cute, quirky and fiesty as opposed to the usual negative portrayal of fictitious nuns. Also as it transpires the mother superior turns out to be the hero and couragously helps the cops to catch the murderer (sorry if I’ve ruined the ending). The head detective Barnaby (the main character of Midsomer Murders) is very sympathetic to the good sisters and their way of life and is dismissive of his junior detective’s misconceptions of the religious life and the church.
Overall its been quite a good week for Catholicism on the old telly box.