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i Page 8 September 12, 1998 ARKANSAS CATHOliC "sionseries, ,. ...... t'Pa i ti tollc experlencel By Mark Pattison priest. And that's one of the things!I CATHOL1C NEWS SERVICE hope to get out of this evening ~,! ] BYNa" priests," said Ed Bernero, a CathlI e4tl-lc HOLLYWOOD -- The writing crew on the writing staff. [ on the new NBC drama "Trinity" is Bernero, who left after lOyearsaS,a[ Wfi working to make its Irish-Catholic Chicago policeman to lead a writer),[ U.S.s., life, said he could never be a priest, t| l~nl lingCharacters both accurate and compel- could never be able to be that chaisev[ three Before production began in New or pure and I'm really interested inW I[ l 0pl, York in August, the writers had an someone would What the call is, wM t f~e evening session with priests in Lostheir individual call was." t' t'h, Angeles to learn better what priestly Bernero said he has no qualms ab0U [ atho ~,E life and ministry is,about. ,One of the writing for the Father Kevin main characters in Trinity is a priest, played by Tate Donovan -- althoUg, I eani ,, , OtlV z My concern is over why someone we defimtely do not want to do N [ the [ , .... It} Actor Tate Donovan as Father Kevin counsels his drug-abusing sister, played by would become a priest. What I'm most mg Sacred, he stud. . i ~g I Bonnie Root, in the pilot episode of the NBC dramatic series "Trinity."interested in is why Kevin became a"That dealt with much larger i~;~tl ~eg~ _- _- than we want to deal with our p' 1,. to { Your opportunity to help a very poor child is much too important to miss. And Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA), an international Catholic sponsorship program can show you the affordable way. Through CFCA you sponsor a child for the amount you can afford. Ordinarily it takes $20 a month to pro- vide one poor child with the life-changing benefits of sponsorship. But if this is not possible for you, we invite you to sponsor at a level you can afford (minimum $10). CFCA will see to it from other donations and the tireless efforts of our missionary partners that your child receives the same benefits as other sponsored children. 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I / ......... i Member: U.S. Catholic MK~ion Association, National Catholic : I ~ viease sena me more mtormahon about sponsorship. Development Conference. Catholic Network of Volunteer Service I k_'2_" ishment, e's "We're not looking to use Tat , T e's fl0~ ag~r character asI a sounding board. H ^ going to have a lot of crises of faith,.; much as crises of self," Bernero sa ' "Trinity" executive oroducer Jl l triht Wells, whose lather is an EpisC~;l l}lldi priest, "has been very helpft i01 the( Bernero added. "He's been ableI lfh, give us a lot of insight that we rangv [ i~tk A not have had. S rv Matthew McNair Carnahan, who d ated the series, is both very helpful ao ~t~: "very Catholic,". according to Berne . ueat itTq Tern Kopp, another Cathohc on ..0 writing staff, also has a criminaljUst]~ background; she was a nublic defend,,. ~1~( ira Manhattan. "Trinity'Fis her firstWO~ ,.:Sar~ ing job for television. " t Being Catholic, Koon said she laa. ' '- fleshiO % more personal experience in out the drama's characters. - 4 ~tl: ,, hil( In the end you're writing abe:t. people. It's really no different than fir ing about other ocrrunsv or groUpS .,, people that you're not a part ot, said ,," t So you do your research, you ,,11 - . ~/1~" to people You try to ~dentffY -. ~! - - " - ntlt ~" people who are not like you. ~' :,~ the end you're a writer and you wr~t~ it about people, t ,,er" rt Lisa Melamed has a differen r spective; she's Jewish -1 is "I'd like to believe that spiri hat spiritual across the religions ant*.| we're writing people first," she sam t, "I feel it's my fob to be very reSp f. tiff to a religion'that I'm not a part.e. I want to make sure that I'm reP~0f sentin : it fairly. I will have lotS u " . ire " people read my scrtpts and g 00t feedback before I send something into the world, bOdY "But I think that, lust as soWe de who writes about humanity and Pe; t, being decent to one another, tlae all tom line of the show is that wlael;ilY else fails you turn back to your taoad and they are the people who love take care of you," Melamed said. v is "I think it's great that the sh.O,re . - le" makmg a point that these peop Catholic," she added, body "1 think whatever religion ar~Y be practices in a show, it's better tthao specific It ... makes it richer rathO ;0 a having to skirt around it or once:'; while mention church or once while mention God, sire said. , rt' "Trinity" airs 9-10 p.m. Fridays st - ing Oct. 16. ,' v,