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And the Winner Is ...

"Father Eddie"

Catholics in Media -- which boasts three religious in "good standing" on its Board -- has announced its annual television award. The honor goes to: ABC's "Modern Family."
From its announcement:

"Today's American families come in all shapes and sizes. The cookie cutter mold of man + wife + 2.5 kids is a thing of the past, as it becomes quickly apparent in the bird's eye view of ABC's new half-hour comedy, MODERN FAMILY, which takes an honest and often hilarious look at the composition and complexity of modern family life.

"The 19th Annual Catholics In Media Associates Mass & Awards Brunch will be held on April 29 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Mass begins at 10 a.m. Awards and Brunch to follow."


  1. "which boasts two religious in "good standing" on its Board"

    and all APPROVED!

  2. Anonymous8:40 PM

    Notice there's a Jesuit priest vested in suit and shirt, not even a tie.

  3. First, we had L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO declaring Homer Simpson a Catholic and now we have this award; and all of this causes me to blush and apologise for so frequently writing that there is no longer continuity.

    I have been proven wrong.

  4. "2.5 kids?" That many?

  5. Right, because TV should pretend like social reality is something other than what it is...

  6. Anonymous11:10 PM

    That doesn't mean a "Catholic" group should applaud it.

  7. thomas tucker2:57 AM

    An award from a "Catholic" group for the mainstreaming of perversity.
    The archbishop of LA should publicly repudiate that group.
    I'm sick of this stuff.

  8. To "I am not Spartacus"

    In my opinion, Homer Simpson is a very good Catholic. His sins are "natural" and negligible in comparison to all those "New Spring" protagonists.

  9. Anonymous11:58 AM

    "Eddie, S.J." this:

    Suppress them subito.

  10. Dear BP. I am just grateful that L'osservatore Romano is so unimaginative that they have yet to identify Yosemite Sam as the prototypical Traditionalist.

  11. Bill P.12:04 PM

    Thank you for this article, New Catholic. It helps to explain why the SSPX and I will never completely rejoin the church(sic).

  12. Anonymous2:20 PM

    Bill P, while I understand where you're coming from, let's not forget that it's these religious that have left the Church, and it's the Church that the SSPX is searching to be regularized into. While the men who run it may be in many cases rotten, it's still Holy Mother Church.

  13. Anti-Boob Tube3:02 PM

    Television? What's that?

  14. Anonymous4:36 PM

    Anti, let us not demonize the TV, any more than the radio, bad books or even perverse cave drawings. None of them are intrinsically evil.

  15. Bill P. said...

    "Thank you for this article, New Catholic. It helps to explain why the SSPX and I will never completely rejoin the church"

    I assist at the daily Masses confected by SSPX priests and we are all in the Roman Catholic Church praying that God's will be done for Him and the good of the whole Church. Remember, the SSPX Order prayed for years that the Tridentine Mass be made free not just for their Order but for ALL Catholic priests.

  16. Well, I would not advise anything, since this is a matter for one's confessor or spiritual director. But I do think television is worse than, for instance, a library or this very medium because, unless it is turned off, occasions of sin "come after" the individual, while in the other two, one usually has to search or look for, out of one's own volition, occasions of sin. Naturally, the abundance of television channels has greatly enhanced the possibility of being in contact with what are, in theory, harmless networks (a cooking channel, e.g.), but also enhanced the possibility of contact with extremely harmful channels.

  17. Anonymous6:15 PM

    I think all can be and, sadly, are abused. But, unlike the TV, you can search for virtually any word on the internet and porn comes up. You can be on Facebook or something seemingly innocent and see pop-up porn. It's all in the way you use it.

    My children get an hour of TV a day, in which they watch secular stuff like Thomas the Tank Engine, but they also learn of the saints and the Church. Also, shocking as it is, EWTN has wonderful children's programming like the Friar and Little Angels where the theology is rock solid. Sadly, it's not the same for adults.


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