Have Faith aired from April until July 1989 on ABC.
A short-lived clerical comedy about 4 offbeat priests in St. Catharine's, an inner-city Chicago Church. Most of the action took place in the cozy, wood-paneled rectory. Mac ( Joel Higgins) was the slightly irreverent, nontraditional leader; Father Tuttle( Frank Hamilton), the older and very reverent traditionalist; Father Paglia ( Ron Carey), the cherubic, penny-pinching parish accountant; and Gabe ( Stephen Furst), the uncertain new priest, a former football player. Sally ( Francesca P. Roberts)was their sardonic, non-Catholic secretary. Stories revolved around nutty parishioners, alarming confessions, nervous Gabe's first big sermon and the like.
Actor John Ritter was the Executive Producer of this series.
A Review From The New York Times
Review/Television; A New Extended Family Calls a Rectory Home
By JOHN J. O'CONNOR
Published: April 18, 1989
LEAD: Television's extended families know no boundaries, reaching from the newsroom gang on ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show'' to the barroom regulars on ''Cheers.'' Now Nat Mauldin, once a staff writer for ''Barney Miller'' and its close-knit brood of New York detectives, has developed with Jerome Lew and Alicia Ulrich a series called ''Have Faith.
The family in this instance consists of four Roman Catholic priests living in a Chicago rectory. They are being given a trial run on ABC beginning tonight at 9:30, right after ''Roseanne.''
You may remember a 1940's movie titled ''Going My Way.'' Bing Crosby played the young priest whose determination to make more meaningful contacts with the community ran into the hostility of the crusty old-fashioned pastor, wrapped in a sly Irish brogue by Barry Fitzgerald. Some of the details may have changed, but the basic scenario lingers in ''Have Faith.''
Now it's the new pastor, Msgr. Joseph MacKenzie (Joel Higgins), who is pushing for stronger ties with the community. Mac, as he likes to be called, is partial to jeans and sneakers. He wastes no time in telling the elderly and fussy Father Tuttle (Frank Hamilton) that his ideas and manner are archaic, that he has to get involved with the people he serves.
Completing Mac's staff are Father Paglia (Ron Carey), the grumbling accountant, and Father Podmaninski (Stephen Furst), just recently a tackle for Notre Dame. Add a new, sassy and agnostic housekeeper named Sally Coleman (Francesca P. Roberts), and the basic situation is in place.
This evening's laughs are generated primarily by a parishioner who insists she is possessed by the devil. ''He puts his arms around me,'' she says, ''and takes me.'' ''Where?'' asks the earnestly innocent Father Podmaninski. Then Father Tuttle raps a misbehaving grammar-school student on the knuckles, and her parents threaten a lawsuit. ''This is not 1958,'' warns the monsignor. ''We don't punish children like that anymore.''
Presumably, ''Have Faith'' intends to sprinkle a few sensitive issues over its fairly predictable wisecracks.
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