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Midland Daily News: "Delta to air 'Catholicism' documentary series"

Midland Daily News: "Delta to air 'Catholicism' documentary series"

10/26/2011
October 26, 2011: The Midland Daily News online journal published the article "Delta to air 'Catholicism' documentary series" in their publication, reviewing both the content of Fr. Barron's CATHOLICISM and reporting on upcoming airing dates and times for regions of Michigan.

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October 26, 2011: The Midland Daily News online journal published the article "Delta to air 'Catholicism' documentary series" in their publication, reviewing both the content of Fr. Barron's CATHOLICISM and reporting on upcoming airing dates and times for regions of Michigan:

It's hardly a leap of faith to say that the Catholic Church has become increasingly media savvy in an effort to showcase the faith's traditions and reach wider audiences with its teachings in a decidedly New Age manner. One of its foremost leaders, Father Robert Barron, recognizing the need to proactively evangelize the Catholic culture to keep it relevant in modern times, has produced a documentary, Catholicism, that is part of his multi-pronged media approach to preaching the story of a religion that has more than 1 billion followers worldwide. Barron is a frequent commentator on faith and culture and, through his production company Word on Fire Ministries and website of the same name, blogs, produces YouTube commentaries, articles, commentaries, podcasts of his sermons and utilizes other new media to promote the Catholic faith and its rich culture. Word on Fire produced the Catholicism series in conjunction with the program's executive producer, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Leonard, a veteran correspondent for NBC's Today show.

Delta Public Broadcasting and Central Michigan University are among 80 PBS stations nationwide that are airing four 60-minute episodes of the 10-part groundbreaking series that saw Barron and Leonard travel to more than 50 locations in 15 countries to film. Delta Q-TV will air the series on four consecutive Thursday evenings during prime time, beginning October 27, at 9 p.m. and concluding with its November 17th 9 p.m. program.

Father Barron, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, holds the Francis Cardinal George Chair of Faith and Culture at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill. His series illustrates the history of Catholicism by using art, architecture, literature, music and all the sacred riches of the religion to explain what Catholics believe, said officials. Highlights include some of the world's architectural and artistic masterpieces, as well as sacred places: The Dome of the Rock, the Hagia Sophia, the tomb of Mother Teresa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as viewers are brought to the streets of Brazil, New York City, the Holy Land, the Philippines, Calcutta, and Italy, among other locales. Traditional Catholics may cringe at the notion of a Roman Catholic priest conducting a public relations blitz but Barron, it seems, understands the changing dynamics that have precipitated a new approach.

"My generation was the last one that came to the (Catholic) institutions and was evangelized there by priests and nuns," he told the National Catholic Register. "People aren't coming to our institutions in the same way. We have to go get them."

Papal biographer George Weigel has been quoted in the National Catholic Register as saying the documentary is "the most important media project in the history of the Catholic Church in America. " Catholicism could well become one of the most significant efforts ever to advance what Pope John Paul II called the New Evangelization."

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is encouraging the faithful and all who are curious about the Catholic faith to watch the new documentary that Seeburger says reflects Q-TV's commitment to airing a diverse lineup of programs to viewers, including faith-based shows.

"Delta College, in the past, has brought TV series to the air about faith and religion," he said. "A couple of years ago we aired a multipart series on the Mormon faith. We are an educational service for the community and that includes topics related to faith and religion."

Dan Osborn, director of the Center for Ministry for the Diocese of Saginaw, had the opportunity to study under Father Barron's tutelage a couple of years ago. It was a memorable experience, he said.

"It was such a gift to attend a course by Father Barron at the Angelicum (Rome) a few years back," Osborn recounted. "He combines a humble spirit with a brilliant theological mind. I remember one of my Dominican professors telling me about Father Barron's upcoming series, Catholicism, and he predicted that his impact in the media may very well approach that of the late Fulton Sheen."

The first episode, Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man, will air on Q-TV Thursday at 9 p.m. Viewers will see the mysterious sites and scared places of Israel. Three additional episodes of Catholicism, That Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought: The Ineffable Mystery of God, Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God, and The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure, will be shown on three consecutive Thursday, November 3, November 10 and November 17. Each program begins at 9 p.m.

Seeburger said the release of Catholicism coincides with a time in the United States that Barron has called the "darkest period in the history of the American Catholic Church."

He said Q-TV is grateful for the support of the Saginaw Catholic Diocese and the Catholic Federal Credit Union that helped the station bring the program to its viewers in the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.

The series began airing on CMU Public Broadcasting earlier this month and will continue over the next two Saturdays, October 29 and November 5 at 8 p.m.

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