Clergy Women on TV

Let’s hear it for the writers of Combat Hospital for their portrayal of a believable, credible and like-able female clergy person. This was my first time to see the show and apparently this is the first episode in which the chaplain appears. I hope she will be a recurring character. I am often frustrated by how clergy are portrayed in movies and television. They are often mean-spirited or total buffoons. When there is a female clergy person (outside of the Vicar of Dibley) it seems as though she is always presiding over a lesbian wedding–as if that is the only occasion that truly calls for a female pastor.

Not only does this episode give us a female chaplain we can be proud of, it portrays an honest struggle for faith in the midst of the horror of war. I know many of you don’t have a lot of time for television, but if you have about 45 minutes to spare over the next couple of weeks, I would encourage you to take a look at this episode. I have no idea how realistic the portrayal of the combat hospital environment is, but the story set against it this week is one worth watching.

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