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updated 02/11/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/11/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

Last season I was watching ABC's Father Dowling with my 3-year-old. The show's female star, Sister Steve (Tracy Nelson), was chatting with a con man in a bank vault when my daughter began shielding her eyes and making those embarrassed groans kids do when they sense yucky romance in the air. I pointed out the woman's Roman collar and explained that she was a nun and couldn't possibly engage in hanky-panky.

Obviously my daughter's antennae were more attuned than mine. In the middle of my sanctimonious speech about chastity—variations of which I imagine I will be inflicting on her for years to come—the couple on the screen went into lip lock. This year there have been episodes in which Father Dowling (Tom Bosley) discovers a son he never knew he had and one in which Sister Steve sheds her habit to go undercover as a hooker. Now I know nothing is sacred on TV, but to base a series on religious figures and then run them through plots left over from Charlie's Angels...it just seems sordid.

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