“The show is filled with the seven deadly sins every moment”

St. Dominic Parish in San Francisco hosts panel discussion on Catholic approach to watching the hit television show 'Game of Thrones'

Game of Thrones (image from tvguide.com)

With the final season of “Game of Thrones” premiering April 14, St. Dominic Parish in San Francisco hosted a panel to discuss a Catholic approach to watching the hit television show. 

Dominican Father Isaiah Mary Molano, St. Dominic’s parochial vicar, along with the parish’s adult faith formation director Michael Smith and parishioner Anne Marie Fowler, spoke about the moral and ethical aspects of the show, its redemptive value and some themes Catholics can keep in mind while viewing it. 

Michael Smith and Anne Marie Fowler spoke on a “Game of Thrones” discussion panel at St. Dominic Church in San Francisco April 7, along with Dominican Father Isaiah Mary Molano (not pictured.) The panel discussed moral and ethical aspects of the show along with how Catholics should respond to pop culture. (image from Catholic SF)

Now in its eighth season, “Game of Thrones” has been praised for its intricate storytelling and compelling characters while criticized for its pervasive brutality and sexual objectification. Anne Marie Fowler said that while concern over “Game of Thrones’” immoral content and how it affects viewers is legitimate – “the show is filled with the seven deadly sins every moment” – it was important to address “whether persons of faith can welcome conversations about characters looking for redemption.” 

Drawing on the writing of the mid-century Reformed theologian and intellectual Reinhold Niebuhr, Smith laid out for the audience different models for how Christians approach culture. According to Niebuhr, Christians historically have either set themselves against their culture, subsumed their faith to it, separated the two realms entirely or argued that faith and culture agree on only some points and cannot be completely reconciled. Niebuhr found the most dominant approach one in which Christians evangelize their culture and transform it to bring it closer to Christ.

Smith said a show like “Game of Thrones” offers Catholics the opportunity to take “a sacred look” at pop culture and use it as an opening for evangelization. 

“Our mission is not just to come into the world on a solo walk,” he said. “We are called to baptize all nations and seek the good and proclaim the Gospel to others.”

At the same time, Smith cautioned the audience about the effect a show like “Game of Thrones” can have on a person’s moral imagination.

“We’re not impervious where things just glide off us,” he said.  

While Smith said he would not personally recommend the show, he encouraged people to discern for themselves whether to watch it and consider how the show could be a bridge to evangelizing conversations. 

Full story at Catholic San Francisco.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    The Bible tells us, that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Our temples must be clean and beautiful, so that Christ may dwell therein. And we must see Christ in all people– as well as in ourselves, too. Divine Grace perfects our fallen human nature, preparing us for Heaven. Christ died for our sins, and opened the doors to Heaven for us all. I want to follow Christ! Virtue is His joy and delight. And ugly Sin is what nailed Him to that horrible Cross. Turn off the stupid TV– and celebrate the miracle of Christ’s Resurrection at Easter!

  2. Sooner or later, to be an authentic disciple of Jesus consistently, one just needs to miss out on stuff that he would rather not miss out on. It’s just the way it is. Too rigid and simplistic, I know…But as great people say, you can’t grow in virtue if you don’t exercise it.

  3. We stopped watching regular TV in 2008. But we’ve continued with streaming and have had multiple run ins with awful shows. My H watched a little bit of this show when he was out of town because he heard everyone raving about it. He said it was a filthy disgusting terrible program. We are called to be in the world and not of it. There is no good reason to watch this garbage even with the excuse to evangelize. We evangelize by our lives, by being different for His sake.

  4. helen wheels says

    “kill your TV”
    is always good advice

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