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Perhaps Bishop Zurek could be invited to appear on EWTN to explain the rationale behind Father Pavone’s “suspension”.

In addition to suspending Pavone from ministry outside Amarillo, (bishop) Zurek has prohibited the activist priest from appearing on the Eternal Word Television Network, available to more than 160 million households worldwide. The independent nonprofit Catholic network based in Alabama is one of Pavone’s primary vehicles for spreading his pro-life message.

The bishop, Pavone’s backers say, has effectively muzzled one of the movement’s most recognized voices.

Zurek “has taken one of the most staunch pro-life leaders, one of the most effective ones, out of the battle and shut down his organization,” abortion foe and Pavone ally Mark Crutcher said on a recorded talk show uploaded to YouTube last week. “You can sugar coat it all you want to, but that’s what’s happening, and it’s outrageous.”


Christopher Ferrara: EWTN knew all along that Father Corapi was “damaged goods”.

I feel nothing but contempt, however, for EWTN’s calculated decision to make Corapi a star knowing full well that he was damaged goods. Worse, having created this fallen celebrity, EWTN then proceeded to cover his fall as a news item on its pretend network news show, The World Over, on which Arroyo plays the role of anchorman. Sitting in EWTN’s cheesy imitation of a network news set, Arroyo interviewed a reporter from National Catholic Register about the Corapi affair as if he were covering breaking news of the day like any secular newsman, instead of a massive scandal for which EWTN itself is directly responsible. The people who run EWTN are so wrapped up in playing the game of “We’re a TV network just like the real ones!” that they have lost sight of their own complicity in making this troubled priest an integral part of the spiritual lives of millions of trusting Catholics.

But Corapi is only the latest in a long line of priests EWTN has turned into celebrities only to watch them crash and burn to the disillusionment of the faithful.

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EWTN viewers ticked off about dearth of Father Corapi programming

EWTN pulled Fr. Corapi’s programs following the priest’s announcement on Ash Wednesday that he has been publicly accused of drug abuse and sexual relationships with several women. Fr. Corapi has denied the allegations.

In the weeks since then, EWTN has come under intense criticism for its decision.

In his statement, Warsaw said that much of that criticism has been “shrill and uncharitable.” He said that many people have threatened to withhold donations and have made personal remarks attacking the network’s employees.

“When I see messages and web postings that malign the character and intentions of people who have served this mission for years, often at great personal sacrifice, I cannot allow those assertions to stand unanswered,” he said.

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Editor’s note: The nature and gravity of the unproven accusations against Father Corapi provide little justification for the arbitrarily cancellation of television programing that has served the Catholic faithful so well, for so long, and in so many ways.

Father Corapi (and thousands of faithful Catholics) deserve an expedited investigation.

I don’t know about you, but I miss my daily dose of Father Corapi!

His straight talk and expert preaching about all things Catholic is unique in today’s wishy-washy Catholic world … and his deep, baritone voice always serves as an authentic call to holiness.

Now that they too, have suspended him, I’m betting the ratings for EWTN have already “tanked”.

In any case, the quicker this thing gets investigated and completely resolved, the better!

This ain’t rocket science. Let’s get on with it … and let’s get Father Corapi back in business!

By the way, Immaculate Heart Radio is still running Father Corapi’s programs on the air … and over the internet.

The Fr. Corapi Hour will air Monday through Friday at 9am and encore at 5pm (PST).  A schedule of Father’s show by month will be available through the Immaculate Heart Radio website.

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Mother Angelica vs. the liberal Catholic bishops: A story for our times.

In 1978, her life was forever altered when she was introduced to a TV studio in Chicago. Instantly, she got the bug: she had to have one of her own. Then came the first of many disappointments dealing with the bishops. When she contacted them about a Catholic TV show, none replied. Undeterred, she secured funding from New York philanthropist Peter Grace, and in 1981 got a young lawyer and Catholic deacon, Bill Steltemeier, to craft a civil corporation called the Eternal Word Television Network. Bill would remain a loyal and talented ally throughout the tumultuous times to come.

When word reached Rome that a cloistered abbess was traveling the country in pursuit of her broadcasting dream, she ran into trouble with both American bishops and Vatican officials. But thanks to Cardinal Silvio Oddi, head of the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy, she prevailed.

It was never easy. Every time Mother Angelica thought she was in the clear, another bishop would raise objections to her venture. Indeed, the bishops tried to outdo her by launching their own effort, the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America (CTNA). It was clear from the beginning that Mother Angelica was seen as a threat: EWTN had a traditional orientation and CTNA took a modernist stance. EWTN won. CTNA collapsed.

It was not easy for the bishops to watch their own creation flounder while EWTN won the admiration of Pope John Paul II. Adding to their chagrin was their inability to get Mother Angelica to switch to a new interfaith satellite network. As to her own operations, Mother Angelica did not take kindly to those clerics who questioned her authority to showcase some bishops, but not others. “I happen to own the network,” she instructed. When told that this would not be forever, she let loose: “I’ll blow the damn thing up before you get your hands on it.”

In 1989, a report by the bishops complained that EWTN rejected “one out of every three programs submitted by the bishops conference.” The bishops and Mother Angelica were clearly on a collision course: she had no tolerance for the theological dissidence that was tolerated by many bishops and their staff. The last straw came when the bishops conference sent a show to be aired featuring a cleric promising female ordination under the next pope.

The dissent, whether voiced by the Catholic Theological Society of America, or by feminist nuns who favored gender-neutral language in the Catholic Catechism, distressed Mother badly. She even had to endure being lobbied to push for “inclusive” language in the Catechism by the likes of “conservatives” such as Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston. That he failed should surprise no one.

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10 Bible Verses That Sent Marcus Grodi On His “Journey Home” To the Catholic Church.

Last night I watched a recording that I made of one of Marcus Grodi’s programs years ago, on “Coming Home” on EWTN. It was very good.

He was a Protestant preacher for 9 years, until he heard former Presbyterian minister (now Catholic theologian) Scott Hahn, give a talk.

Marcus said it was 10 verses of the Bible that he had never seen, or never before understood, that caused him to resign from his Protestant ministry and become Catholic.

He did a lot of expanding on each of the verses, about things that he had completely missed, every time he passed through them, before. On some, I add the “gist” of what he said.

Here are those 10 verses:

1. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all ways, think on Him, and He will direct your ways.” Trust in the Lord and not your interpretation.

2. 1Timothy 3:14-15, “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth”. What? The Church is the pillar of truth … and not the Bible?

3. 2Timothy 3:14-17, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. What? Only the Old Testament? (No New Testament scripture had yet been defined by the Church.)

4. 2Thessalonians 2:15 “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. ” Gee … I always thought they were all just man made traditions … but some (many) came from Jesus and the Apostles.

5. Matthew 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” Mat 16:14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Mat 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Mat 16:16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. Mat 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. Mat 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” What? Jesus originally said these words in Aramaic. Not Greek. So, Saint Peter really is “the Rock” …  and not just the Protestant’s favorite “little pebble”.

6. Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” What? Their deeds follow them? I taught (for nine years) that works are of no value.

7. Romans 10:14 But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? Rom 10:15 And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!” Sent? Well I was sent by so and so  … but who sent him???

8. John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 6:56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. These 2 verses go together. OK I will abide in Him. How do I abide in Him? What? Through the Holy Eucharist? You mean it is not (just) a symbol? It’s the real presence of Jesus Christ!

9. Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. What? His Body is the Church and He needs us to complete what is lacking? (God kindly remembers to include the good works and prayers of the faithful, in his ongoing plan for our salvation.)

10. Luke 1:46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, Luke 1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, Luke 1:48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. What? I never gave Mary much of a thought, except at Christmas … and I never called her blessed.

Submitted by Bob Stanley