ROME (Hollywood Reporter) – Days after Pope Benedict XVI criticized the media for its "destructive" influence, the Vatican on Monday announced plans to launch its first television network by the end of the year.
H2O will broadcast news and original entertainment programming worldwide in seven languages, according to a statement. Additional details were sketchy.
Over the years, the Vatican has been quick to adopt new technologies in its efforts to communicate with the world’s more than 1 billion Catholics. In 1996, the Vatican introduced its Web portal nearly three years before the Italian state unveiled its own Web site. And it has embraced digital and satellite technology.
In a speech to the Vatican’s communications department last Friday, the Pope called on the media to promote family values, human dignity and the common good.[Via Jay Anderson]
I am sure my readers can come up with a list of series they would like to see produced. I will start off with some of my own suggestions.
- Sixtus and the City – Set in Vatican City the show focuses on the lives of Pope Sixtus IV and his artist friends as they effectively start the Early Renaissance in Rome with the Sistine Chapel.
- Three’s Company – This new sitcom based on Fulton J. Sheen’s Three to Get Married explores the life and joys and tribulations of a couple as they effectively invite Jesus into their marriage.
- Vatican 5 – In this new Science Fiction story the Vatican has moved to outer space after a highly secularized Italy forcibly takes back the land formerly belonging to Vatican City. The story takes places in the Vatican 5 space station and the plot involves the mystery of the destruction of the previous 3 stations (Vatican I considered to be Vatican City itself.) The Vatican station is the center of political and theological intrigue and the coming battle between the Radtradians upset after the Vatican issued meditations for a space stations of the cross and the Cafeterians who are just generally opposed to the 3,000 years of consistent Church teaching and the Vatican’s resistance to solving the priest shortage by the use of androids.
- Rome Improvement – The antics of a klutzy preservationist as he tries to restore frescoes and other priceless art using supercharged machinery not appropriate to the task.
- Doogie Howser, S.T.D. – A brilliant teenage theologian who graduated from the Gregorian and received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the age of ten has difficulties adapting and getting fellow theologians to take him seriously.
- The Frying Nun – A cooking show specializing in Southern cooking as hosted by Sister Fields.
- I Love Lucy – The trials of Lucy of Syracuse trying to remain a consecrated virgin while being pursued by a Pagan admirer who keeps repeating I Love Lucy.
- Monk – A priest in a monastery afflicted with obsessive-compulsive disorder goes around trying to solve mysteries. They first mystery he tackles is the Eucharist and each week he keeps tackling this mystery since he can never quite totally solve it.
- CSI: Vatican City – This crack team of Vatican medical consultants and other scientists review the records of alleged miraculous healing’s in response to the intercession for the process of beautification and sainthood.
- The Father Brown Mysteries – G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown once again hits the airwaves as a freelance private investigator with his unique way of viewing the world and getting to the bottom of crimes.
- The Pius X Files – The series covers the work of a archivist in the Vatican’s Secret Archives and his specialty in the life of Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto who became the 257th Pope. His motto is "The truth is in here, somewhere If I can only remember where I laid it last."
- Walker, Texas Bishop – This larger than life crime-fighting apostolic successor with his Martial Arts abilities can kick your ass and then hear your confession and give you last rites.