It was a surprise to NBC in 1992 when "Saturday Night Live" aired pop star Sinead O'Connor ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II and crying "Fight the real enemy!" But now NBC has aired a planned, scripted episode of a sitcom that attacks not the Pope, but Jesus Christ Himself.
The Feb. 22 episode of the painfully unfunny new sitcom "Committed" made a mockery out of the sacrament of the Eucharist. As William Donohue of the Catholic League explained about the show: "By far the most offensive scene occurs when [male characters] Nate and Bowie accidentally flush what they think is the Host down the toilet ...To say that Catholics are angry about this show would be an understatement -- the outrage is visceral and intense."
NBC has encouraged the producers of "Committed" to "push the limits of comedy," and the producers just pushed comedy off a cliff. Not just Catholics, not just Christians, but anyone who reveres God should be outraged. What's next for this network as it sinks into fourth place? Having its sitcom characters accidentally use the Old Testament as toilet paper? Mocking God isn't funny. It's evil.
If there had been a faithful Catholic anywhere within a mile of the multitude of ignorant producers, directors, actors and writers of this sitcom, this probably never would have happened. The notion that no one connected to this stupid show has ever set foot in a Catholic church looks obvious in every scene.
The NBC show's funeral mass begins with kneeling, which is wrong. The priest is wearing no vestments for the funeral, just a white robe and a stole, which is wrong. When the non-Catholic characters receive communion without knowing better, that's wrong. Not only do most people understand what Catholics believe about communion, but priests routinely instruct non-Catholics not to receive the Eucharist during Communion.
The stupid details continue when the funeral is followed by a bar scene. The priest is standing in the bar in his white robe and stole, although it's opened like a suit jacket to show a white shirt and black tie. Have you ever seen a priest in a bar in a white robe?