It has drawn generally negative reaction from Catholic bloggers in the UK where it was aired (it hasn’t been seen yet here in Australia, and I rather suspect it won’t be). For example, see:
Exorcizo Te at LACRIMARUM VALLE?
More Trash from the BBC by Fr Ray at SAINT MARY MAGDALEN
Apparitions at IDLE SPECULATIONS
Apparitions and More Apparitions and at FR MILDEW
Yet both I, my Lutheran wife and my very Catholic friend who provided me with the episodes have all been impressed by the positive and reasonably balanced portrayal of the Catholic Church in the series.
I think the negative reaction from UK Catholic bloggers could be put down to the fact that the bloggers in question are not generally fans of this genre. Cathy and I have always been fans of Dr Who and Buffy – that should sort of tell you where we stand on that. Cathy is also an avid watcher of BBC crime shows – she watched “Wire in the Blood”, which was too gruesome for me. “Apparitions” is kind of like “Wire in the Blood” with religion.
While many Catholics will find the nature of the series such that they would think no Catholic could watch it in good conscience, I think that might be an attitude that belongs in the “Christian parents should not allow their children to read Harry Potter” box. The counter argument has always been that Harry Potter is about “good vs evil” in which good finally and inevitably triumphs but only after Harry and his friends have to show great courage and strength in resisting and opposing evil. “Apparitions” is the same, I think. It is Harry Potter for grown ups, but with religion instead of magic.
If you have seen this series, I would be very interested in your reaction.
[P.S. Could the friend who supplied me with the first 5 episodes please put us out of our misery and send us Episode 6?]