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  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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Powerful Stories Impact the Faith


While I read the book SILENCE by Makoto Fujimura many years ago, I have not yet seen the movie. As with Graham Green’s book THE POWER AND THE GLORY there is often as much to learn from bad or weak priests as from strong ones. Both works are extremely unsettling. While outwardly devout, his own compassion and maybe a lack of true faith works against the main priest character in SILENCE. Greene’s whiskey priest comes across as externally weak, undisciplined and cowardly; however, in the end what remains of his faith is shown to be selfless and even courageous. No matter how much he runs away, the “Hound of Heaven” catches him in the end.

Doctor Who Has Become Preachy & Boring


The trouble started a while back, especially in episodes that aggressively promoted homosexuality and atheism. Subtlety disappeared and it stopped being a children’s show. The trouble escalated with Peter Capaldi. His version of Doctor Who was too dark. In one episode a child dies in the ice and he seems not to care. Now we have a Doctor Who with a feminine side, and she seems to care too much. Why can’t the BBC get it right? Episodes that stereotype Americans or which offer backseat criticism of past British imperialism are not going to win viewers. We get too much of politics already. A recent episode even mentions President Trump. Please, is there no sanctuary from this crazy messed up world?

Bradley John Walsh is the only thing working out for the new incarnation of Doctor Who. One has to be careful in saying this because he is the singular middle-aged white male in the cast. Jodie Whittaker is a bust, although she is a good actress. The problem is that the program is no longer really Doctor Who. Indeed, the episodes are so PC and preachy that it has become utterly annoying to those who detest either direct or subliminal manipulation. The writing is terrible. One episode is often worse than the one before it. Viewers want science fiction action and escapism; what they are getting instead is a liberal take on moral issues— like same gender marriages and men having babies. One critic has joked, how many minorities or ethnicities can we squeeze into the Tardis? The one episode that was impressive (Rosa Parks) harked back to the historical shows of the first Doctor, David Hartnell. However, it was also notable for the Doctor Who character stepping back as the hero. Rather than within the context of a fantasy show, might the story about American racism had better been told on its own without the science fiction elements?

Offer criticism and instead of listening to fans, the fans are being attacked. When all is said and done, the episodes are boring and hard to watch. As a fan of Doctor Who from the 1960s I did something the other day that I had never done before when watching Doctor Who— I changed the channel.