Wednesday, December 15, 2004

'House' Catholics 

I was very interested last night to watch the Fox series "House." Which is about a brilliant diagnostician (Dr. House) who appears to hate people and be angry at most everything in life. His patient last night was a nun who presented with a rash on her hands and every cure made her worse until her immune system totally shut down. What was interesting (as I've stated before) is that this episode contained discussions, grown-up discussions, about religion and even Catholicism. One of Dr. House's interns, it turns out, had studied to be a priest. He shared his favorite bible passage with the sick nun (1 Peter 1:6)
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
I thought, early on in this episode, that the show would do nothing but bash Catholics (and there was some of that). But later, the religious folks seemed to push back and I was glad to see it. Dr. House, when asked if he doesn't have any faith, said he has faith in what he can see, what logic tells him. But later, as Dr. House is notable for his anger at life, someone told him he can't both be an atheist and angry with God. This discussion of the characters' religious beliefs fleshed them out as so few TV characters are these days.

In other words, as George Lopez would say, Ricky was speaking Spanish last night.

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