… It seems likely that just about the only CathInfo readers who have even a vague idea of your terse reference would be elderly enough to have received First Communion before Vatican II. That leaves out an awful lot of readers …
I hope you aren't suggesting, dear AD, that this is a bad
thing. Ah, if only!
Whimsicality aside, surely it's well past time that a halt was called here at CathInfo to the making of implicitly friendly or sympathetic or commendatory references to television programs. Since as long ago as the late 1940s—that is, the early days of television as a mass medium of self-proclaimed entertainment—the medium's programming has served as the cutting edge of the Christophobic Establishment's attack on the Faith itself and on the high and popular cultures of the West that were, in their worthwhile aspects at least, by-products of the Faith. It is no mere play on words to note that for the past seventy years, television programming has been central to the enterprise of programming almost everyone's mind.
Can it truly be said that any
television program of the past or present—The Prisoner
, for example—has anything of enduring value, indeed anything but the occasional moment or two of cleverness, to offer a Christian, let alone a serious Catholic, who seeks a little innocent entertainment to relieve or distract from the stresses of the day? To believe that it does is to court a diagnosis of being delusional.
Since one of the testaments to the delusional nature of present-day society is the astonishingly widespread credence given to the Covid hoax, it shouldn't be a big deal to take a stand against feeding the beast.