Broken for renewal

Broken for renewal   Towards the end of the recent TV drama ‘Broken’, the pressures on Father Michael are so great with the loss of people he cared for and a sense that he has let so many people down. He feels unworthy to be a priest and resolves to ‘pack it in.’ In the [...]

Broken Institutions

BROKEN INSTITUTIONS In the recent TV drama 'Broken', Vernon, a disturbed young man, has been shot by police in a bungled operation. Those involved collude to deflect the blame away from themselves and towards Vernon. Others, including Father Michael, know the truth, and are driven to see justice done, and are prepared to protest and place [...]

Crisis – What Crisis?

“What’s your bank details?” That was the question from a young pupil at an ‘Ask the School Chaplain’ session. I laughed saying that I may not have a bank by the end of the day. By nightfall, that joke had gone flat as it was the start of the financial crisis of 2008. In fact, [...]

Broken Community

Broken community   In the drama 'Broken', within Father Michael’s parish, people face one another in anger. There has been verbal abuse. There has been violence. Distrust of the police is at a high level. An awareness of exploitative gambling has led to widespread destruction of machines. In the midst of it all Michael leads worship, prays [...]

Broken

Broken healer   In the series ‘Broken’, Father Michael returns home, tired after a demanding day. A woman has left a phone message. Her disturbed son Vernon needs to talk to him.  Michael decides to leave it until tomorrow and goes to bed. Later Vernon is killed in an incident with the police. Michael is [...]