Re-Evaluating Television: Questions of Morality

Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Fr. Edward L. Looney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Green Bay on June 6, 2015. Fr. Looney has a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother, is a member of the Mariological Society of America, and has researched and written extensively on the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, recognized as the first and only approved Marian apparition in the United States. His most recent work is A Rosary Litany. To learn more visit: Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author are his alone, and do not reflect those of his diocese. He seeks to always remain faithful to the Magisterium.

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  1. “Over the past several months I have questioned whether or not I should be watching television shows that glorify sin, death, and sexual perversity. ”

    Let me answer that for you: NO – no one should be watching that stuff! Seems obvious to me. Other than sports, EWTN, and a few well-chosen old movies on TCM, our family rarely watches TV. The only other thing I personally watch is the news but not everyday because even that is full junk and I don’t let my kids watch the news. And commercials are often worse than the shows so we turn off the TV off when the commercials come on. But it’s not just about the fact we have kids. My husband and I know it is wrong to watch filth and we just refuse.

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  4. I gave up on most TV over 10 years ago . . . first the news, then almost everything else . . . except for the occasional sports programming, although I have cut back on that too. Even sports has become tainted.

    Spend more time with family and friends, read, listen to music, work around the house . . . but spend less time with TV, ESPECIALLY if you have children . . . give them the gift of your time and having to be creative absent the passive “entertainment” that passes for TV today. It is easier to just sit kids in front of the TV, but don’t develop that habit . . . they will thank you for it later.

  5. I know people who are shocked that I don’t own a TV. *chuckle*

    Interesting that you mention Hulu…I do have that. I really only watch a few shows, and while I may watch several episodes back-to-back, I find it easier not to get sucked into the plot of another show.

  6. I’m with you. I canceled my cable almost three years ago and do not miss it at all. I rarely, if ever, attend a movie. I did keep my TV, because I have a device that allows me to stream YouTube to the TV and I greatly enjoy programs by Archbishop Sheen and also by Michael Voris. Yes, I could watch them on my laptop, but ideally I would like others to watch as well, as I have a better chance of that if we can crowd around a TV as opposed to a laptop.

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