So PBS won’t accept any new religious programming. This is something of a lament, but perhaps less so than it appears. Where do Catholic shut-ins view televised liturgy? It’s been a discussion at my new parish, as we’ve relied for years not on PBS, but on cable public access. Adding to the discussion is our outdated and failing video equipment. Among some, the thinking is that we could upgrade to digital video on Saturday night, burn a few dvd’s, and send any of them out with Sunday Communion ministers to the sick. One could head off directly to cable access on Monday.
Our pastoral associate doesn’t think that bringing dvd’s to the elderly is such a big deal. We could afford to buy a $25 dvd player and install it for anyone who needed one, she thinks. Our pastor is concerned it might be a problem, and that the current proposal to switch to digital video won’t be completely without road bumps.
I consider the problem of the cable company airing Sunday liturgies a week late. Or sometimes later. This isn’t an ideal situation. For our parish, we’ll also have the easy capability to throw up Sunday Mass on the web site, and people can watch as they wish–even the faraway readers of this web site.
Mass on television: I wonder if it will become mostly obsolete. Not tomorrow, but in twenty or thirty years, likely, don’t you think?