Viewing the Vatican Through Fiction
Two days ago a new Bishop of Rome was announced at the culmination of a papal conclave. On that day the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio delivered a mass in the Sistine Chapel and was formally recognized as Pope Francis. In the days leading up to the scrutiny (casting of ballots), post-scrutiny (ballot counting), acceptance, and proclamation, all eyes were cast on the Vatican. After the proclamation, the global community received Pope Francis with overwhelming joy and some criticism. Whether or not one agrees with the Catholic Church, for the past week it has captured the attention of the world.
In fiction literature and media the Catholic Church is often the center of attention, but much of the time, for far more ominous reasons. Fiction literature often depicts the Church as a secretive society filled with the power hungry, nefarious minded, and at times evil priests and parishioners. The Catholic Church is not perfect, but is it as sinister as The Monk, The Italian, and The Da Vinci Code portray it to be? Which brings us to todays question, is fiction and media waging a war against the Catholic Church? Do you know of any fiction or media works that show the positive elements of the Church? What are your thoughts on the presentation of the Catholic Church in fiction and media? I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts (in a mature and civil debate of ideas of course)!