EWTN, Mother Angelica and the Charismatic Movement Exposed
The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) is the dominant Vatican II so called Catholic religious television and radio network in the United States. Founded by Mother Angelica in the early 1980s, it is headquartered in Irondale, Alabama. The network is operated by a Vatican II Franciscan order. EWTN's programming consists of shows of many different genres, such as talk shows, documentaries, newscasts, music, and live broadcasts from the Vatican. Everyday, there is a Vatican II New Mass broadcast live from Irondale church and monastery. Available in over 200 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories, EWTN Global Network is by far the largest "religious" media network in the world.
Born Rita Rizzo, and reared in Canton, Ohio, Mother Angelica experienced poverty, a broken home, maltreatment, multiple physical ailments, jealously, back stabbing, betrayal—she was even shot at—but nothing could stop her determination.
In her lifetime, Mother established the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration and gave birth to the Franciscan Friars of the Eternal Word and the Sisters of the Eternal Word. She built the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as the largest shortwave network in the world and the world's first so called Catholic satellite network.
There was the time when, at age eleven, she was crossing a street only to see two headlights staring her right in the face. She thought she was dead. Incredibly, she was able to jump high enough that she avoided being hit. The driver called it "a miracle," while Rita and her mother dubbed it a graceful "lifting."
Her stomach ailments were so bad that she was forced to wear a corset. The doctors tried to help, but to little avail. Then she met an alleged stigmatic, Rhoda Wise, and that's when things began to change. One day, when she was 20, a voice told her to get up and walk without the corset, and she did just that. Immediately, her suffering was relieved. Her doctor, of course, insisted it had to with his treatments, but Rita knew better.
Her mother wasn't too happy when she learned that Rita had decided to enter a Cleveland monastery. After all, she had first been abandoned by her husband, and now her daughter was leaving her as well. But in time she would come to accept it. As for Rita, her failing knees (and the five stories of steps she had to traverse at the monastery), led to her being dispatched back home to Canton.
After nine years in the cloister, Sister Angelica took her solemn vows. Her legs and her back were so twisted she could hardly walk (she wore a body cast), leading her to beg God to allow her to walk again in exchange for a promise: she would build a monastery in the South. What she wanted was a "Negro apostolate," a cloistered community in service to poor blacks. After undergoing spinal surgery, and after being rebuffed initially by her bishop, she got her way; approval was given to build a monastery in Birmingham. Then came to the hard part—coming up with the bucks to pay for it.
In 1959, the year before she became Mother Angelica, she spotted an ad in a magazine for fishing lure parts. She decided that the nuns would go into the fishing-lure business, thus was St. Peter's Fishing Lures born. In 1961, Sports Illustrated honored her with a plaque for her "special contribution to a sport." Remarkably, this half- crippled nun with no business experience was able to garner national attention for her entrepreneurial acumen. It was just the beginning.
Building a monastery in the South in the early 1960s, especially one that would service African Americans, was not exactly a popular enterprise. It didn't take long before local opposition mounted, even to the point of violence: Mother Angelica was shot at one night by one of the protesters (he barely missed).
Amidst the struggles to keep the revenue coming, Mother started the Li'l Ole Peanut Company. Score another hit: By the end of 1968, she paid off all the monastery debt. Over the next decade, she would write books and give talks, managing to walk with an artificial hip.
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 so called 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, 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 II 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 so called 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.
We will now examine the so called "traditional" message that was broadcasted both when Mother Angelica was present, and that are still broadcasted, from the so called "Catholic" EWTN Network.
"In the chapel, [the Charismatic] Schlemon and the [Charismatic] priest laid hands on Mother, invoking the baptism of the Holy Spirit."1 About a week later "a foreign tongue spilled from Mother Angelica's mouth inexplicably. When Sister Regina came to deliver a glass of orange juice, Mother tried to say thank you, but 'something else came out.'"2
Mother Angelica, the foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)3
One of the "conservative" organizations affiliated with the Vatican II sect is EWTN, the global "Catholic" television network. Some misguided people have persuaded themselves and others that EWTN is a strong defender of Catholic truth spreading light to millions in a dark world. However, despite what many think, EWTN is actually a vehicle for some of the worst of the post- Vatican II apostasy. EWTN promoted John Paul II's interreligious apostasy at Assisi, and covered with approval Benedict XVI's apostasy at the synagogue in Germany, as well as his initiation into Islam in a mosque in Turkey. EWTN promotes the heresy of salvation outside the Church; its show, The Journey Home, treats conversion to the Catholic Faith from Protestant sects as a preference, but not a necessity. This heretical and evil idea, that adhering to Protestant sects which reject the teaching of the true Church doesn't bar one from salvation, is articulated by almost all of the "converts" from Protestantism featured on The Journey Home.
EWTN's foundress Mother Angelica, who has been one of the most significant figures in the post- Vatican II sect, especially for its more "conservative" members, is someone for us to consider. Speaking about other religions during one show, EWTN foundress Mother Angelica asserted with pure religious indifferentism that we all have the same God. She specifically said: "You call him Allah, and we call him Jesus."
On another show with Mother Angelica, Alice Von Hildebrand (a frequent guest on EWTN) bluntly asserted that one can get to Heaven as a Buddhist. The way it was stated not only indicated that Buddhists can be saved (which is heresy, of course), but that there is no obligation whatsoever for a Buddhist to be a Catholic. In the face of this tremendous heresy and religious indifferentism, which was asserted right in front of her face, Mother Angelica posed no objection, and even commented with approval. Mother Angelica and EWTN have always been defenders of the heretical teachings of Vatican II.
Mother Angelica was also an outspoken defender of the worst kind of false ecumenism, including with Jews. In one show, Mother Angelica and Fr. Benedict Groeschel were discussing the recent death of "Cardinal" John O'Connor. Fr. Groeschel mentioned that the Jews held a Jewish service in St. Patrick's Cathedral after the death of "Cardinal" John O'Connor. Groeschel, an incredible apostate, thought that the Jewish service in the Cathedral was a great thing. Mother Angelica also wasted no time in blurting out: "That's awesome!"
Thus, Mother Angelica held that the worst kind of false ecumenism – a Jewish service in St. Patrick's Cathedral itself – is "awesome." These facts, by the way, refute the ridiculous assertion which was made in a book which is cited below: that EWTN supposedly went Modernist only after the departure of Mother Angelica from the reins of power. But even Raymond Arroyo, who wrote the biography for Mother Angelica and is one of her biggest supporters, bluntly admitted that she was a promoter of ecumenism whose work could therefore be supported by members of non-Catholic religions. "The monastery [under Mother Angelica] had become an ecumenical touchstone in Birmingham, an inspired project that Protestants, Jews, and Catholics could support. The personality of Mother Angelica made it so."4
In short, EWTN is a mechanism by which the Devil made post-Vatican II conservative-minded professing Catholics comfortable with the post-Vatican II apostasy.
In 1980, Mother Angelica went to North Carolina and appeared on the Protestant television network called PTL, which was founded by Assembly of God minister Jim Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye. "Mother Angelica had appeared on PTL several times throughout 1979, to great acclaim, and was ranked in the polls as an audience favorite… Bakker was so taken with the nun, he dispatched a team of scenic designers to Birmingham to build her first studio set."5
The fact that a Protestant minister was so impressed with her that he actually sent a team to design her studio demonstrates, once again, that her message was not Catholic, but ecumenical.
Mother Angelica was also actively involved in the Charismatic movement, a movement which is quite widespread in the Vatican II sect. The Charismatic movement is a false movement heavily infected with heretical and Protestant tendencies and ideas. On February 11, 1971, "Barbara Schlemon, a charismatic reputed to have the gift of healing, passed through Birmingham and asked Fr. De Grandis [a Charismatic priest] to take her to meet Mother Angelica… In the chapel, Schlemon and the priest laid hands on Mother, invoking the baptism of the Holy Spirit."6
About a week later "a foreign tongue spilled from Mother Angelica's mouth inexplicably. When Sister Regina came to deliver a glass of orange juice, Mother tried to say thank you, but 'something else came out.'"7
We must emphasize that this very significant fact is admitted in a biography about Mother Angelica which was written by one of her biggest supporters: the anchor of her network, Raymond Arroyo.
"On Holy Saturday in 1971, Father De Grandis and Mother prayed over each member of the community. All but one nun experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and everyone received something. Following this experience, Sister Joseph and other nuns believed the Lord began speaking to them. By Easter Sunday, the whole community was 'speaking in tongues.'"8
Speaking in languages not known by the individual who is speaking them, speaking in gibberish, etc. is very often a sign of diabolical possession. This is especially true when it comes as a result of a Charismatic experience in which one has had hands laid on him or her in order to receive "the spirit." Readers are, of course, perfectly free to take this or leave it: but an individual we know from Massachusetts, who was heavily involved in the Charismatic movement years ago, actually told one of us that he felt a demon enter him after a Charismatic had laid his hand on him at a service. He also told us that, at one Charismatic conference, God allowed him to see a small demon enter a room. Amazed, he followed the demon and waited to see if it would come back out of the room; but the only thing which emerged from the room was the Charismatic "priest" who was about to perform his "healing" service by praying over people. This experience caused this individual to abandon the Charismatic movement.
Here is another interesting testimony from a person who was heavily involved in the Charismatic movement of the Vatican II church. This testimony is actually quite scary to tell the truth, and it does show to people how heavily involved the devil is in these new age cults.
"Your conversation with the young man from Texas brought back many memories of my own involvement with the charismatic movement in the Vatican II "Catholic" church - but it involves many Protestant churches as well. As long as one is able to "speak in tongues" he is most accepted - with open arms - into this most dangerous and spiritually unsound movement. It places unspiritual emphasis on physical healing… When you join you are "coming under the power" a practice which is performed often on you - which causes you to swoon, faint slump down, and remain unconscious for several seconds or longer. Hypnotic suggestions opens one up to either pretended or demonically energized results which parallel those of the occult. The last meeting I attended finally opened my eyes to how dangerous and totally of the devil this movement is. Was sitting in the back of a room that was rented inside a hotel for this particular meeting. As it got started this women jumped up and started speaking in this most frightening, gibberish language. Then everyone else started to do the same - this endless screaming and chanting - which seemed to go on forever - and then there was dead silence with everyone dropping their heads as in a trace. My friend and I were witnessing this, (and hardly believing what we were seeing), from the back of the room. The coldness in the air cut through us like a knife. We knew we had to get out of there - and fast!! We could hardly make it out of our chairs - our legs felt like lead. We managed to get to the exit door and as I turned my head to look back, ( and to this day I'll never know why I did ), EVERYONE in that room was staring straight at us. This dead zombie like stare!! Then they started SCREAMING "get thee behind me Satan" over and over and over again. The last thing I remember before darting out the door was a slight cloud of smoke coming up from the floor in the front of that room.
"Through the grace of God I was able to break free from this most dangerous cult and then many years later, through your ministry, find the True Catholic Church. The devil prowls around the world like a roaring lion seeking the ruin of souls. He attempts to lay countless traps to ensnare us into the pit of darkness and lukewarmness. What a comfort to know we can rely upon the intercession of Our Most Holy Queen and Mother to help us to resist the wiles of the ancient adversary and his minions, especially by "fleeing from" and withdrawing as far as is possible from a culture that is diabolically demonic. My prayers will be with this young man in hopes that he will "seek and find" the True Catholic Faith."
We believe that God allows the Devil to take people over in these Charismatic services because by partaking in them people are essentially saying that the sacraments of the Catholic Church, the seven instituted by Jesus Christ, are not sufficient. They are professing, therefore, that they need a new set of man-made rites – rites which are outside the sacramental system – in order to really receive "the spirit." By participation in such "rites," they are essentially participating in a new religion in order to gain access to "the spirit" outside the means specifically set up by Christ. As a consequence, these Charismatic "rites" become new "sacraments" of a false religion which give access to the evil, not the Holy, spirit.
It should be emphasized that the laying on of hands is present throughout the New Testament as the matter for the Sacrament of Confirmation (e.g. Acts 8:17; Acts 19:6) – a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ. It's ironic that in the new "Confirmation" in the Vatican II sect the laying on of hands has been abolished, but Charismatics continue to use the laying on of hands in their own services in order to transmit "the spirit." Since we know that their laying on of hands in an attempt to transmit the "spirit" is not the Sacrament of Confirmation (for even women and laymen do it), it is actually the Counter Confirmation – a false sacrament which therefore gives access, once again, not to the Holy, but to the evil spirit.
So, as a worthy recipient of the Sacrament of Confirmation receives a deeper endowment of the Holy Ghost, the active participation in such new "rites" or "sacraments" of the false Charismatic religion – by partaking in things such as the laying on of hands – gives these unfortunate individuals a deep endowment of the evil spirit. That's why at many of these Charismatic meetings the "Catholics" actually find themselves oinking like pigs, barking like dogs, and breaking out into outrageously uncontrollable laughter. These things, especially oinking like pigs and barking like dogs, are clear signs of demonic possession.
We make reference to this first individual's experience because Mother Angelica herself not only spoke repeatedly of her own mystical "experiences," but she also admitted something striking about her reaction to having hands laid on her by Charismatics. Her reaction dovetails with this gentleman's experience. Mother Angelica said that her experience, in which words she hadn't intended to speak spilled out of her mouth after having had hands laid on her by Charismatics, scared her. She recalled: "Words came out, but I didn't know what they were. It scared me."9
Mother Angelica didn't realize that it was an evil spirit which she had picked up after involvement with the Charismatics. She continued to promote this movement.
On Dec. 2, 1977, Mother Angelica led a Charismatic retreat in Birmingham with 28 leaders in her work, who were called "Guardians." Standing in the chapel, "Mother laid her hands on each guardian, praying in tongues for their fidelity. Some sang out in holy gibberish, others were 'slain in the Spirit.'"10 One of the participants said afterwards that it was "charismania at its height."11 After the death of Paul VI, "Mother Angelica laid hands on Matt Scalici, Jr. in her chapel."12
Mother Angelica's biography claims that after this time she "gradually" pulled out of the Charismatic movement. This is an empty claim, for her network continued to promote the biggest charismatics in the country, such as the figures at Franciscan University and those of their ilk.
We find Mother Angelica's early involvement in the diabolical Charismatic movement very significant. It's significant because EWTN has been a vehicle by which the Devil has kept many "conservatives" inside the Vatican II sect by its mixture of conservatism (i.e. some things which are true to Catholic Tradition) with the apostasy of the Vatican II religion. Personalities such as Mother Angelica have acted as magnets to keep "conservatives" deceived and devoted to the Counter Church. Many are persuaded that figures such as Mother Angelica in the post-Vatican II "Church" are proof that true spiritual vitality is still to be found there when, in truth, it is a false "Church" and adherence to its apostasy leads to damnation. It makes sense that the leader of this deceptive apostolate at EWTN, Mother Angelica, got her start by receiving a diabolical spirit at a Charismatic event.
In fact, Mother Angelica has claimed that numerous mystical experiences guided her course at EWTN.
"During a bright spot in her convalescence, Mother claims to have seen the child Jesus dashing down the halls of the monastery. This was by no means an isolated event."13
Does it sound like the Child Jesus to be "dashing down the halls"? Or does it sound more like what a demon would be doing as he goes about his work for the destruction of souls? Based on what we've covered already about Mother Angelica's endorsement of heresy, false religions and the diabolical Charismatic movement, a true Catholic would have to conclude that Mother Angelica actually saw the latter, not the former.
Matthew 24:24-25- "For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect. Behold I have told it to you, beforehand."
Mother Angelica also claimed that the Child Jesus appeared to her and told her, "Build me a temple and I will help those who help you."14 While churches can be described as "temples" (2 Thess. 2:4) a "temple" can also describe a Jewish house of worship and a Masonic lodge. Since Mother Angelica has promoted the heretical and false idea that Jews don't need Jesus Christ for salvation – proven by, among other things, her adherence to the antipopes who teach this – it's certain that it was not Our Lord Jesus telling her to build a Catholic temple. Rather, it was another evil spirit (one similar to that which she received at the Charismatic event) cryptically telling her to build a "temple" for the New Church religion of the Vatican II sect. It's very interesting that the top of the Cross on the outside of this "temple" (a temple that Mother Angelica spent about 50 million dollars to build!) was incredibly blown off cleanly by a bolt of lightning during a powerful storm, leaving only a "T," not the regular Cross. It remains that way to this day.
Moving back to the apostasy promoted by EWTN, Fr. Benedict Groeschel is a huge figure at EWTN. Groeschel has turned away converts, declared that he never "bought" that non-Catholics can't be saved (a defined dogma), preached in "200 Protestant churches and a hundred synagogues," and said that the sacraments are not necessary for salvation, and even denied that Our Lord even said "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you shall not have life in you" (John 6:54)!15
EWTN's "experts" totally reject the necessity of the Catholic Church for salvation. EWTN's "experts" inform non-Catholic inquirers – including a Jew who rejects Christ and the wife of an "Orthodox" schismatic wondering about her husband's obligation to convert – that they are fine for Heaven right where they are.16
EWTN also promotes an organization called the Association of Hebrew Catholics (AHC). The Association of Hebrew Catholics is composed of supposed "converts" from Judaism. They are attempting to create, in effect, a Jewish sect inside the "Catholic Church." This organization is headed by David Moss, who has been featured on EWTN numerous times. David Moss is the brother of Rosalind Moss, who also has hosted shows on EWTN and is employed by "Catholic Answers." This AHC – composed of supposed converts from Judaism – promotes that Catholics converted from Judaism may continue to practice the Old Law (an idea solemnly condemned by the Council of Florence).
"Ignoring the Church's teaching that the rituals and observances of the Mosaic law have been abolished with the New Covenant and that it is mortally sinful to observe them, Moss recommended that the Catholic inquirer 'go to a local synagogue and watch what they do and listen to it. You can take part in a Seder,' he added… Moss then recommended that Catholics follow suit [that is, follow the practice of 'Messianic Jews'] by celebrating Passover and Rosh haShanah… This conclusion is supported by an item on AHC's website entitled: 'Through the Hebrew Catholic Year: A Collection of Traditions and Prayers for the Jewish Holidays for Catholics.' Here AHC advocates a 'Catholic' celebration of Rosh haShanah, Yom Kippur, Succoth, Purim, Passover, Shavuoth, and Hanukkah, using prayers 'adapted from traditional Jewish prayer books.'"17
This is a promotion of mortal sin, heresy and apostasy.
EWTN is unfortunately a very heretical, modernist, false ecumenical network, which mixes apostasy, a promotion of Vatican II, the New Mass and the New Religion with some interesting programming. Here's an interesting e-mail we received on this issue:
"Good morning, Turned on EWTN this morning. I find myself occasionally viewing the Novus Ordo service during this my decision process, i.e., what to do (relative to my Catholic Faith). I heard the "main celebrant" Fr. Francis state: '...the Church never said other Christians will not receive salvation...those that say this are liars or misinformed...the Catholic Church is like a five course meal, if you want the whole meal, come to the Church..'
"The day's homily is available online (I think next day). This "doctrine" has gone, real time, to untold numbers.
Pray for me,
We wonder if any of the EWTN supporters who heard or watched the sermon ever deeply considered its implications: what it means about their presence at church, their entire effort to attend "Mass," etc. We wonder if it hit any of them that this means that being a Catholic, praying the Rosary, going to confession, etc. is pointless.
We certainly hope for the conversion of "Fr." Francis, but we must say that he is too blinded by his apostasy to realize his foolishness. He is too blinded to realize that he holds that his own "priesthood" – the entire EWTN Network – is a complete waste of time. If you believe what EWTN and "Fr." Francis do, you would have to be a complete idiot to be Catholic. You could just head down to the local Lutheran church, confess your faith in Jesus as Lord, and head on your way.
So don't be fooled by externals. Heretics have always had externals to one degree or another. Don't be fooled by those who claim to have some attachment to the Catholic Faith or Our Lord or Our Lady or the Saints, but reject a dogma. Unless they accept the entire truth, they are phonies. "Fr." Francis sometimes speaks of bringing the young to Christ on his show "Life on the Rock." Sounds great and devoted, doesn't it? But then he publicly commented on and praised Benedict XVI's Christ-denying visit to the synagogue and endorsement of the Jewish religion. He speaks of bringing the young to Christ when he believes that Christ is meaningless.
This e-mail shows us again that phonies mix an attachment to some things Catholic with a rejection of its truth. They act as if they are devoted to God, and surely say some good and conservative things, but they are abominations in God's sight.
Since we're speaking of phonies, mention must be made of "Fr." John Corapi of EWTN. Those who have seen him know that Corapi gives talks as if he is devoted to Our Lord and the Catholic Faith – "thundering" against sin and defending the Eucharist in his melodramatic fashion. He is an utter phony, for he holds that it is all meaningless. He holds that you can be a Protestant who completely rejects Our Lady, the Papacy and the Eucharist, or even a Jew who completely rejects Christ.
Speaking about the conflict between Protestants and professing Catholics in Ireland, "Fr." John Corapi declared: "I don't care if you're Baptist or Catholic; you are Christian. Just practice it." That is blatantly heretical.
They are like "whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. [They] outwardly appear righteous to men, but within are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." (Matthew 23:28)
One of us called "Fr." Corapi's secretary once, and asked her: "Is it necessary to be a Catholic to be saved?" She responded with the blunt answer: "No." One of us then said, "then why be a Catholic?" She said: "Because it is the fullness of truth." One of us responded: "But it's not necessary according to you." She agreed. Behold the emptiness, the stupidity and the evil of the Vatican II religion.
A new book entitled A Network Gone Wrong (by Chris Ferrara, Good Counsel Publications, Pound Ridge, NY) was recently published. The book is being vigorously promoted Nicholas Gruner's apostolate. Gruner's apostolate is even sending out free copies of this book. Simply put, the book is an all-out assault on the television network EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) which has become, according to the book, a network of apostasy since the departure of Mother Angelica from the reins of power.
Much can be garnered about the purpose of the book in examining the book's thesis. The thesis of the book, repeated prominently throughout, is that EWTN has become a network of apostasy since the departure of Mother Angelica – as if it had not been a network of apostasy before that time!
Chris Ferrara, EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong, p. 5: "With Mother Angelica's departure as the network's signature personality by the end of 2001, the original vision of the network as a counter-Modernist force for a Catholic restoration was quickly lost and has never been recovered. Mother's vision has been replaced by an 'ecumenical,' watered-down blandness, delivered largely by ex-Protestant ministers, combined with lame attempts at 'cool' Catholicism with a heavy emphasis on rock music."
"Fr." Nicholas Gruner, Letter on promotion of the book EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong: "All of these scandalous novelties are on EWTN! And they undermine the Faith! Over and over again, Catholics complain to us about EWTN's scandals. Faithful and informed Catholics are disgusted with EWTN's brand of 'Catholicism.' All of this has been happening since Mother Angelica gave up control of EWTN in March 2000 – 6 years ago."
What a lie! For anyone who has just a little honesty and a little familiarity with the positions and programming of EWTN prior to Mother Angelica's "departure" in 2000 or 2001 (whenever you want to date it), this statement is quickly seen to be an outrageous falsehood. Under the control of Mother Angelica, EWTN promoted the same false ecumenism, the same denial of Outside the Church There is No Salvation, the same rejection of the necessity for Protestants to convert (as exemplified on The Journey Home), the same type of Rock Music (Life on the Rock), etc. that Ferrara complains about and denounces in his book. During the reign of Mother Angelica, EWTN covered and promoted John Paul II's interreligious apostasy – for instance, his Pan-Christian Encounter in 1999 and many other events with heretics and schismatics– it promoted the cult of John Paul II and, of course, it promoted the New Mass and Vatican II to the core, while rejecting independent traditionalists. (Jeff Cavins, by the way, said on EWTN radio that our material should be thrown in the trash.) EWTN was the same network of apostasy under Mother Angelica that it is now, with minor differences in programming, such as would change on any network from year to year. This, of course, is very obvious and well known to anyone who knows anything about the network (as Ferrara and Gruner certainly do) and is honest at all.
In response to this book, even EWTN personality "Fr." John Trigilio objected to the ridiculous assertion that everything has changed since the demise of the popular nun:
"Fr." John Trigilio, in response to EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong: "I have known Reverend Mother Angelica these past ten years, along with Deacon Bill Steltemeier and many of the staff in production and programming, Internet services, the theology department, and so on. It is a gross distortion to infer that EWTN, since Mother's stroke and subsequent absence from the camera, has deteriorated into a modernist, heterodox, sacrilegious agent of modern Catholic media." (http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/abbott/060307)
To assert that EWTN has spiraled into apostasy and modernism and the promotion of the aforementioned things only since the departure of Mother Angelica is one of the biggest and most outrageous lies we've ever heard.
The Devil wants people to stay with the counterfeit Church of the Vatican II sect. He wants people to stay with the invalid New Mass. This is the whole purpose of the lies, and many similar false messages. The Devil wants to keep conservative-minded "Catholics" inside the Vatican II parishes, in communion with the new Vatican II religion, and under the manifestly heretical and non-Catholic Vatican II antipopes. In order to accomplish this, the Devil uses people such as Mother Angelica. And in order to be ultra-effective, in the false messages which he gives them he includes conservative statements.
Endnotes for Section 35:
1 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, Random House, Inc., 2005, p. 120.
2 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 121.
3 Shown in Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica; from OLAM.
4 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 98.
5 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, pp. 148-149.
6 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 120.
7 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 121.
8 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 123.
9 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 121.
10 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 135.
11 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 135.
12 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 142.
13 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 314.
14 Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica, p. 255.
15 Chris Ferrara, EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong, Pound Ridge, NY: Good Counsel Publications, 2006, p. 79; pp. 86-90.
16 EWTN Q & A Forum, advice by Richard Geraghty of Feb. 19, 2005 on "Non-Catholic Salvation."
17 EWTN broadcast of March 7, 2005; quoted by Chris Ferrara, EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong, p. 146.
Mother Angelica says the dogma that you have to be Catholic to be saved is actually heresy
FYI - While flipping through the channel line upon TV this morning, I came across Mother Angelica Live on EWTN. If anyone ever needs evidence that proves she believes in Universal Salvation, you can find her speaking about it from the May 16, 2000 episode, which came on as a rerun. She firmly and deceivingly claims that it is the teaching of the Church and supports this heresy whole-heartedly.
I view EWTN periodically with the intent of having specific cases to use in discussion with various people trying to hold tight to a belief because EWTN said it was so and they can't be wrong (I also use your material which is far more insightful than anything I am capable of doing).
Friday 7/6/07; re-broadcast of "Mother Angelica Live" from the year 2000
The last caller of the program asked, 'Will people of other religions lose their souls if they do not eat the Body of Christ?'
"Mother" Angelica answered:
"God judges by your light."
She quotes Luke 12:47,48: She says, 'There is a passage in Luke 12 where it speaks of the servant who knows what his master wants, he will receive many stripes but the one who does not know but deserves to be beaten will receive less.' 'You see, if you don't know, how can you be held …'
And then she wraps everything around her next statement, 'There was a heresy a few years back that you had to be Catholic to go to Heaven. The Church does not teach that. All people are saved by the merits of Jesus through the Church.'
She continues, 'Nobody has told them, back to your question (the caller asking about the Eucharist). We will be judged only by what they have been told and the graces we have.'
Some additional paraphrases: The degree (of grace?) given to priests, religious, and bishops means that more is expected of them.
There are other people we must save - Jesus and the Church want all people to go to heaven My judgment will be different than others because I am religious and more is expected. You have light and knowledge by what you have been told - to whom is given a great deal much is expected, but, if you haven't been given a great deal …
This was a carbon-copy of the many examples of heresy you have provided to Catholics pertaining to the deceit or ill-will or ignorance that people in leadership positions (as with Dolan) pass-off as authentically Catholic. Makes me recall a number of years ago how I yearned for my cable company to provide EWTN so that I would have access to true Catholic teaching – THANK YOU – for opening my eyes to the many angles the counter-church uses to subvert Catholic Teaching and Tradition.
Regarding the scripture passage from Luke - the Haydock commentary provides: "Shall be beaten with few stripes. Ignorance, when it proceeds from a person's own fault, doth not excuse, but only diminsheth the fault" That is quite different from the interpretation "Mother" offered.
That's quite a heresy. The fact that Mother Angelica called the seven-times defined dogma of the faith (i.e. Outside the Church There is No Salvation) a heresy and said that the Church "does not teach that" is so heretical that it's difficult to find the words to describe how bad it is. It further proves that she is outside the Church, that she is a false prophet, that her network is not remotely Catholic and is a vehicle of the Devil to lead conservative-minded individuals into the Counter Church he has constructed.
It's also interesting to note that her programs are typically so lacking in substance, so worthless, so boring, so focused on trivial matters or making her audience laugh at unimportant things, that they are, in our view, pathetic. Her programs are usually worthless because they are the products of a dead soul. What's amazing is that so many people have remained glued to them (and thus frozen in the Conciliar Church) rather than losing interest in her lifeless message and searching instead for things which provide more substance, more material relevant to the hard-hitting truths of God and the Catholic Faith. It speaks to the sad truth of how few savor the truth and are attracted to it and to what's important.
Fr. Groeschel says on EWTN that there are non-Catholic saints, including Martin Luther King
I just finished watching Sunday Night With Father Groeshel on EWTN. His guest was a "priest" (forgot his name) who is the postulator for the "canonization" of Cardinal Cooke. A caller called in and asked if the Catholic Church would ever consider canonizing a non-Catholic such as Martin Luther King. The "priest" replied that the person must be a Catholic for canonization but it doesn't mean that there are not saints in other faiths! Father Groeshel agreed with him and what Father Groeshel said next revealed his blatant apostasy. He said that a good candidate for canonization is William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army! A Protestant heretic!
That's quite a heresy. It's also what John Paul II taught in Ut Unum Sint. If that doesn't show someone that EWTN and similar groups are not Catholic, we don't know what will. Groeschel is an outrageous apostate; he's almost at the level of history's notorious Protestant "reformers." In addition to other astounding utterances of heresy, Groeschel has said that he "never bought" the Church's teaching that it's necessary for salvation to be Catholic. The fact that EWTN continues to present Fr. Groeschel is abominable, but it's not surprising. They put him on because they agree with him. Considering his beliefs, for them to put him out there to teach "the faith" involves a major mortal sin and demonstrates that they are a network of apostasy, despite some of the true and interesting things they do.
EWTN's program, Catholicism on Campus, teaches that Protestants and other non-Catholics are saved
[This post has significance even for those who are unfamiliar with EWTN, for it demonstrates what the Vatican II sect of Benedict XVI represents in the everyday lives of people.]
In EWTN's program Catholicism on Campus, which aired on Feb. 23, host "Msgr." Stuart Swetland fielded a number of questions on salvation from college students. He was asked: is it necessary for salvation to be Catholic? In his answers, "Msgr." Swetland said that non-Catholics can be saved, even those who don't believe in Christ. He said that the Protestants can be saved, that they are incorporated into the Church at baptism. He made no qualification whatsoever; the message was that all Protestants are going to Heaven. He also said that Muslims and others can be saved. He also told the college students that Vatican II teaches (in Lumen Gentium 16) that those who don't even believe in God can be saved.
"Msgr." Swetland was also asked about once saved always saved, held by many Protestants. He said that Catholics and Protestants believe the same thing on that issue, but just express it differently. It's all a matter of language, you see. (Again, these were college students who took the time to get – and were probably thirsting for – answers to these critical questions on salvation from one they think is a conservative "Catholic" monsignor.) As "proof" that Catholics and Protestants have the same view of salvation/justification/once saved, etc., EWTN's "monsignor" pointed to the Joint Declaration with the Lutherans on Justification and said that Catholics and Protestants believe the same on justification.
After having heard his explanation, that essentially the members of all religions can be saved and that it's not necessary to be Catholic, Swetland was also asked if evil people can be saved. He responded by stating that the bible teaches that we are all evil, and that he won't say that anyone is in Hell.
How empty, how heretical, how horrible, and how definitely Hell-bound is this apostate who calls himself a "monsignor," and who is featured as a beacon of truth on EWTN! How certainly Hell-bound are also all those who promote, defend or excuse such heresy and heretics by either obstinately professing communion with them and their sect, or by failing to condemn and expose their sect when they can! How sad that these college students are being fed this spiritual poison, being left out to (spiritually) dry because they aren't hearing the truth and don't have the interest to search it out themselves!
If only they were hearing the simple, true and traditional teachings of the Church, it would probably spark something within some of them to take a deep interest in the Faith and change their lives. As the missionaries (e.g. St. Francis Xavier) and Sacred Scripture (Isaias 5:13) point out, people do perish because of lack of knowledge. That means that some would have responded and would have been saved if they had heard the truth, but they were lost because they didn't. That's why, for example, spreading this book we have on the Counter Church is so important; and it seems to have generated interest among people so far.
Those who imbibe this Vatican II heresy, promoted by Swetland and EWTN (and promoted from corner to corner of the Counter Church by "priests," nuns, catechists, etc.), do not have the Faith they need for salvation. One could tell by the line of questioning of the college students that they could see, at least in a certain way, that it didn't make sense, that, deep down, his answers constituted an inconsistent fraud. For after the "monsignor" gave his explanation, one of them asked: "…if all men are saved, why send missionaries to other countries, why be Catholic?" The heretic responded by saying that it's important to make explicit the implicit faith they have.
Here is a recent Question and Answer on the EWTN website:muslims in heaven- Question from ray busacco on 10/22/2007: My son-in-law is now a Christian, however his Mom & Dad were of Muslim faith from Iran and recently passed away. He is struggling with thinking that they are lost and not able to enter heaven and also thinks that it will do no good to pray for them to enter the kingdom of heaven. We are not sure how to console him. I appreciate your response.Thanks,Ray Busacco
Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 10/23/2007: Ray, Our Church teaches that non-Catholics may well be saved if they lived good upright lives according to their own traditions, said their prayers regularly, considered their own faith valid. There are 5 billion people on earth who today will never even hear the word, Jesus, or anything about him. God is good and we can hope and pray for the saving of these who never have been told of Christ. -Fr. Bob LevisIf what Levis said was true, then why would anyone bother to go to the ends of the earth preaching the Gospel and converting people to the Catholic Faith like the missionaries did, even going so far as to be martyred, rather than tell them what Levis just stated? What a heretic!Bridget
Fr. Mitch Pacwa spreads religious indifferentism on EWTN
I'm not sure if you caught this or not --- but EWTN has a weekly show by a Maronite Jesuit in Mitch Pacwa. During his show… there were numerous heresies being thrown around by Pacwa; e.g. that God uses other churches as sources for salvation, praising Protestant preaching, how the Orthodox sects are "true Churches," that Protestants have the gift of faith, etc. all mainly based on the documents of Vatican II. It was sickening. How anyone can support this network... and be called Catholic is beyond me.
EWTN hides, ignores and omits the crimes of the Vatican II antipopes
Speaking of EWTN, yesterday morning I was watching their "Mass" and "Fr." Miguel Marie was the presider. His homily was about the Chair of Peter and the Pope being the head of the Church. Everything he said was ok until he started to talk about "Pope" Benedict XVI and how God has entrusted him to be the leader of the faithful, etc. What really turns me off about EWTN besides the fact that they are Novus Ordo is that they completely evade and ignore all the facts about the V2 antipopes. They pick out things that the antipopes say that may seem conservative or in-line with Catholic teaching but never make any mention of the heresies of the antipopes and the terrible acts of apostasy that they've committed. This morning I mailed a letter to "Fr." Miguel expressing my feelings about his evasive attitude about the antipopes. In the letter I also informed him about the Church's teaching that a heretic cannot be a valid Pope.
Yes, that's exactly right. They don't even criticize them at all, not even for such things as kissing the Koran or going to the synagogue or going to the mosque. In this regard one thinks not only of the EWTN "priests," but people like Scott Hahn, etc. They know very well that much of what the Vatican II antipopes have done is a betrayal of the basic teachings of Our Lord, but you won't hear them even speak negatively about things they have done. These outrageous omissions are what will primarily convict them before the Judgment Seat of Christ. It's utterly dishonest and actually idolatrous. This is not to say, of course, that those who do criticize the Vatican II antipopes, but obstinately maintain that they are popes, are justified. They are horrible as well.