Okay let's talk about bare
So first thing, I’m from a coed Catholic school. And virtually everything about this show was spot on. The prayers, confession, the way theatre is treated, the ominous bishop, everything.
So when I finished watching it the first time through, I was sobbing, sobbing. Because I had just watched my school come to life before me. I saw myself in all the characters, I saw myself struggling with them.
And I am a theatre kid in my school and needless to say, we are not well liked. One of our theology teachers refuses to come to any of our shows and is generally not fond of us. I have watched fellow actors graduate and come out as soon as they’re gone. I sit in classrooms and watch as teachers and students make being gay this huge, monstrous sin.
And what really saved my faith was a lecture my current morality teacher (and director of our drama club) gave on sexuality.
Because…in a world where you are constantly surround by people telling you Jesus loves you, in a world where you’re praying before every class, in a world where you get to rehearsal and watch someone become someone else, someone happier, because they’re somewhere they don’t have to hide… it’s heartbreaking.And a lot of the time people misunderstand what Catholicism really teaches, even my teachers. When you really look at our beliefs, past all the dogmas and doctrines and rules, our first and foremost rules are “Do unto to others as you would have them do into to you,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The root of our religion is love and a lot of people forget that. And that’s what hit me so hard when I watched bare. Because their message was love and that’s what so many people forget about the Church.