Friday, February 25, 2005

Blasphemy on Network Television

I didn't see this, but I think Donohue is being a little too forgiving with the priest in question. Even though to the viewer these "real life" episodes can seem natural--there is nothing natural about the lighting and television cameras that follow these people around. Why would a priest allow this at a funeral in the first place? Why wouldn't he take the time to educate himself on the characters and nature of the program? How would he not recognize a "host" from a cracker?

From CATHOLIC LEAGUE for Religious and Civil Rights:

"During the February 22 episode of the NBC-TV sitcom, "Committed," two non-Catholics are mistakenly given Holy Communion at a Catholic funeral Mass. Nate, who is Jewish, and Bowie, a Protestant, don't know what to do with the Eucharist, so they make several failed attempts to get rid of it. For example, they try slipping it into the pocket of a priest, dropping it on a tray of cheese and crackers, etc.

At one point, the priest, who is portrayed as not knowing the difference between the Host and a cracker, goes to grab the "cracker" from a tray of appetizers; he initially balks when he discovers that it is the last one. Then he changes his mind, saying, "Oh, what the hell." By far the most offensive scene occurs when Nate and Bowie accidentally flush what they think is the Host down the toilet. "


  1. Don't you think you're going a little too far by calling the episode "blasphemy?" It is, after all, a comedy tv show.

    I can understand how some people might find it offensive, but are you trying to say that tv shows shouldn't be allowed to poke fun at a specific religion?

    Is it right to start demanding the removal of any and everything that people don't like on tv? Where does it end? There was no violence, no nudity, no foul language, and still people are "outraged?"

    I think some people need to pick their battles a little better. If you are "outraged" at every single thing that you wrinkle your nose at, no one will take you seriously.

  2. How insensitive- why is it that Catholics can be maligned, then told to lighten up? Why doesn't the ACL stick up for the rights of Catholics? As far as we're concerned, Christ Himself was mocked once again in this episode- and of course the priest would be portrayed as a dolt! Lord have mercy on them- they know not what they do.

  3. "Blasphemy: 1. A contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing concerning God or a sacred entity. 2. An irreverent or impious act, attitude, or utterance in regard to something considered inviolable or sacrosanct."

    Uh, yeah, it seems to fit the bill perfectly. The Eucharist is Christ himself. This seems to be the very definition of blasphemy. Forgive me if I don't shudder at the thought of "people" not taking me seriously for "wrinkling my nose" at such things. I'm personally much more interested in what God thinks.


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