Doubt, A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley
Misconduct. Catholic Church. Doubts. In 1964, 12-year-old Donald Muller is the first boy of color to enter a Catholic school in the Bronx. Under the guise of protecting the boy from potential bullying, Father Flynn offers him friendship and protection. When Donald returns from a private visit with the Father with alcohol on his breath, principal Sister Aloysius becomes suspicious that these visits are not as innocent as they seem. John Patrick Shanley’s 2004 play-turned-movie examines the difficulty of bringing to judgement those in power, and the doubt in which we often find within our faith and ourselves.