- 1 Season
Catholicism is a 2011 documentary that traces the history and theology of this oldest Christian religion. The series is based on the 2011 book of the same name, written by Robert Barron. Barron, who is a Catholic priest, also hosts the series. Catholicism is an educational program, but Barron has also stated that he considers both the book and the television series an important part of his ongoing "evangelization" efforts. The first and second episodes consider both the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Barron explains that Catholics consider Jesus the founder of their religion, and the priest then elaborates on the theological implications of a faith that believes God became a man. The third episode is a discussion and analysis of the mystery of an all-knowing, all-powerful God. Barron covers such topics as creation and providence on this program. Episodes four and five look at the roles of the Apostles and the mother of Jesus in the Catholic religion. Barron explains the origins of both the papacy and prayers to Mary. The sixth program breaks from the founding biblical stories of the religion. This episode discusses the role of the Church as the "mystical body" of Christ on Earth. The following program elaborates on the many functions of the Church, including the administration of the seven sacraments. Saints are the next topic, and Barron clarifies that they are role models, not gods, for Catholics. The remaining episodes examine the importance of prayer and belief in life after death. Catholicism was filmed all over the world, and each episode showcases the intrepid priest speaking near important Catholic historical sites. Such places include Israel, Rome, South America, and Africa. The show was designed for a lay audience, but the Roman Catholic Church considers the theology of the series thorough enough that it has authorized the use of the series for the official teaching of the faith in churches and schools.