“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
It is not “spiritual warfare” (at least, not the way you mean it) to oppose and hold accountable this nut. It is making a massive lying kook face consequences for backing a criminal insurrection and trying to destroy our democracy with the lie that Trump won. And that doesn’t even address her insane calls for the murder of her colleagues and her looney toons claim that California wildfires were started by Jewish space lasers, among her multiple other outrages.
Your puff piece on her is shameful and disgusting. God’s Name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.
Don’t misunderstand. I believe in spiritual warfare and think your apologetics for this despicable woman and her lies are diabolical–like your vile lies in defense of Trump. I pray for the deliverance of the Church from the grip of the MAGA cult which I regard as a work of Satan and the gravest threat the Church in America has faced in my lifetime. I pray the St. Michael prayer against this work of Satan frequently and beg God for a new Pentecost by which the Holy Spirit can cleanse the Church of the lies and filth the MAGA cult and propaganda organs like EWTN now purvey instead of the Faith.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
And in our hearts take up thy rest;
Come with thy grace and heav’nly aid
To fill the hearts which thou hast made,
To fill the hearts which thou hast made.
This whiner was ”attacked more than perhaps any other congress member in history”. Hah.
Edward Dickinson Baker (February 24, 1811 – October 21, 1861) : struck by a volley of confederate bullets through his heart and brain, during the battle of Ball’s Bluff. Now *that’s* what I call being attacked.
What has become of you?
I never liked the sets or the soundtracks (Life on the Rock) (Women of Grace). Oh good God they were terrible. Even the Mormons on the next channel had better art, music, hair, and well dressed women. It’s like they had switched places. I would cringe with teeth on edge, but KNEW (mea culpa) that I’m a snob about aesthetics. Mea culpa mea culpa Mea Maxima Culpa. American Catholics seemed to be making bad taste our own form of self humiliation. Fine. It is the heart that matters. It will be good for us! We deserve humiliation. Jesus did that too.
My husband and I would tune into the morning mass. At least there was no bad hair and good singing. It was sacred. A couple of the priests were refined and offered words of grace and encouragement. We rolled our eyes at the one that liked to scold everyone, but it was the mass, and that’s all that mattered. We also needed scolding.
Mother Angelica could be funny. She was intelligent. But as the years went by…what was it? She was mad a lot. (Mad as hell, and not going to take it!) It stopped being as funny and lighthearted. My husband refused to watch, and said “she’s got a big mean streak”. Sometimes he’d come home from work and catch me watching. It was embarrassing. When I listened to Corapi, he’d say, “there’s something wrong with that guy.”
I don’t know. I thought it was mostly me and my yoga pants that needed to repent. There was a part of me that just learned how to live with being not as good as the good Catholic ones. The pure ones. The bad-outfit holy ones (mea culpa).
Relief! Oh relief. A big namaste-exhale for years of trapped, toxic air.
When my husband and I witnessed them, and all of team conservative fawning over Donald Trump, we knew without a doubt that it had been THEM messing with our heads all along–not a chance that we were wrong anymore. We didn’t need to punish ourselves for one more minute.
I still can’t believe it.
Thank God they did it.
And thank God they are defending this team member of theirs from Georgia. It’s perfect.
Yes! Some of us have escaped from EWTN’s influence. Thanks be to God!
Sadly, there are millions who still eat it up. I’ve lost friends and family members over it. Good people, innocently following what they believe must be true. They can’t see the problems, for some reason. They’ve been deceived. God will forgive them, of course, but there’s so much damage being done. It is so sad.
And it is a terrible counter-witness to the Faith. It is of the devil. May it end soon! Lord, have mercy!
I only watched EWTN during my visits to the USA. Perhaps I only witnessed the latter days of Mother Angelica, but I thought it was awful. I still watch Bishop Barron though. Solid Catholic video stuff that, in my opinion. Perhaps a bit too much to the right economically, but that’s a minor point.
I wish I could post a picture of my son with Bishop Barron at his confirmation last month. They are both laughing in the picture. Such a joyful day.
The way he preaches really clicks with my kids. He won over my 24-year-old who had a lot of animosity over some Church issues. If you knew him you’d know it was a pretty big deal. He went to confession and came to mass with us last Sunday! My 21-y-o also tunes into his sermons on his own without my prompting. That says it all for me. Both boys were raised in public school, in o(ne of the most agnostic cities in this country..)
I will be happy to lend my support to EWTN if and when it decides to espouse the Catholic faith whole and entire, instead of trying to squeeze the Church’s social doctrine into the right-wing virtue signaling platform it has always promoted.
Gone are the days when you get to call yourself “pro-life” merely because of your anti-abortion stance. Gone are the days when your true colors are able to fly under the radar of the man-made religion you have always promoted because you had not the integrity to accept the parts of Catholic teaching you don’t like. Taking a ride on the Trump train has exposed you for who you really are – a duplicitous, right-wing echo chamber for Republicans masquerading as a Catholic apostolate.
Buh-bye, EWTN. It’s only a matter of time now.
The attacks on EWTN are FAKE NEWS. Who knows if the writers are even real people. EWTN has done more to spread the Cathic message than any other type of evangelism that I’m aware. Knock Trump all you want but the 2020 election was stolen and the Deep State criminal anti-christ media moguls covered it up as did the corrosive corrupt criminal Democratics who were on the ground stealing the election. Trump was persecuted all 4 years by an evil Deep State. I will admit Trump was controlled but not like these anti-christ president and VP we have today.
There is zero evidence for your lies. Meanwhile, your violent cult of weirdos attacked Congress, tried to blame it on your fantasy bogeymen Antifa, and now block investigation of the riot they claim their enemies staged to stop the election they won. And you believe it all because, like the rest of your Cult you are one of the People of the Lie.
Jeffrey Palmer, I would really like to know why you believe these things. What convinced you?
I recently moved, and I went to a Mass where, during the homily, the priest said members of Congress would consult a former Satanist warlock to cast spells in their political interest. This was followed by a mention of the current president and his talk at some prayer event, where he didn’t mention God.
This situation has gotten completely out of hand, and we need help from Rome. A letter to be signed by thousands of us needs to be drawn up.
Magic. Spells. Warlocks. Devils. Castings.
I can only imagine which members of congress.
Come for the paranoia, enjoy the slander, but stay for the enchantments.
Surely the same people I have in mind. What I wonder though, Ben, is what has changed. Where do these people come from? Have they always existed? Were their needs met politically in some other way before? Is it all due to social media?
I think that they have always been there. There have always been The witch burners, who see witches everywhere.
But I also think the Internet is greatly to blame. They have always been there, but it’s only been in the last 20 years that they’ve been able to find each other, talk to each other, share their perspectives, and create an echo chamber to reverberate all of it. Confirmation bias becomes an ever widening net.
But what the Internet has also added to the mix is monetization. There have always been those who wish to exploit the gullibility and the greed of others. But now they can do it on a grand scale. What is easier: extracting $1 million from one person, or one dollar from 1 million people?
A third problem is the gradual failure of our educational systems. Critical thinking is difficult.
There’s a fourth thing, for which I can cite no evidence, but I believe to be true nevertheless. We are reaching a critical mass of people. I suspect that the proportion of stupid and crazy people in the general population is not much greater than it has ever been. But in terms of absolute numbers, their effects our way out of proportion to the numbers, simply because there are so many of them. 1 million crazy people in a population of 1 billion is I think a vastly different situation than 1000 crazy people in a population of 1 million. but the proportions are the same: one in 1000
However, there is a measure of hope. It seems that a lot of the crazies are among the anti-mask, anti-vaccine, Covid is a hoax groups. They just might fall off the herd eventually! (Sorry for being so nasty…)
I understand your feelings. They are tiring, to put it mildly. Everyone’s lives are made more difficult, more dangerous, more unpleasant and expensive because some people have decided they owe nothing to their fellow human beings or their societies— or even themselves. A young police officer in Denver just died; his last media posting was “will face mask start an uppercut?” He’ll never find out noe.
I have said this many times over the last year. I don’t want anybody to get sick and die. But everyone who treats this plague like a gratuitous, personal, and inconvenient hoax, plot, or insult Is making a choice, and choices have consequences. If anyone asked me, I would tell them, “get your vaccine shots. Social distance. Limit your group gatherings. Limit whatever you can do to limit your exposure.” But they are not asking me.
I’ve had my shots for nearly 3 months now, but my behavior hasn’t changed very much. We are slowly, gradually opening our lives again. But i’m still not going to get on an airplane.
Since becoming Catholic, I have been an active member of two parishes. One of the West Coast. One on the East Coast. My brother also converted and is an active member in the Southwest. None of us know anyone under the age of 65 that watches EWTN.
Maybe my experience is unique. But I don’t think EWTN is having all that big of an impact on anyone. They aren’t just preaching to the choir. They are preaching to to the Senior Center Breakroom, of which only a few are even paying attention. The rest are playing cards or sharing pictures of their grandkids and puppies.
There are only two programs I will ever watch on ETWN: Dale Ahlquist’s Apostle of Common Sense. Yes, it does have a PBS flavor about it. I still enjoy it. And I must confess I love watching Raymond Arroyo in the same way I love watching Jack Van Impe: For the laughs. But my wife won’t let me do it very often. She says I’m being mean. I probably am. My wife is much smarter than I am.
I don’t watch EWTN. The few times I ever have, big red flags have gone up. Very, very sad that a broadcasting network purportedly dedicated to Catholicism in America is clearly promoting Donald Trump under the pretense that they are supporting a “pro-life” politician. Thanks, Mark, for this post.
I like real catholics like Nancy Pelosi
The irony is that Donald Trump, owing to his profligate lifestyle, has probably paid for more abortions than anyone ever to sit in the Oval Office.
We’ve always had this virulent right wing strain in American catholicism. What we are seeing now is it bubbling up for all to see probably for the 1st time since the era of Fr. Charles Coughlin.
Altman, Burke Strickland and Vigano are just this generation’s version of Coughlin.
I notice that this dangerous liar has done exactly the thing Mark has noticed everyone in this cult does: raised the “but what about abortion?” banner, using the unborn as a human shield to try and distract people from her own actions and responsibility. This is not a surprise.