The past few days I’ve noticed people calling for the bishops to Do Something about the organization widely thought to be referenced by Pope Francis last week as the “work of the devil.” I think this has been brewing for some years now. It’s not just an offhand comment from the Bishop of Rome.
I think taking a page from the Cardinal Ratzinger playbook is a bad idea. The pope seems to align more with Jesus, as in here:
He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’ (NRSV, Matthew 13:24-30)
I think the best thing to do is to continue to give EWTN its length of rope. A friend of a social media friend commented they pray daily for the network but no longer watch it. I think Jesus preached on that one too.
Over many years, Catholic celebrities have arisen, especially from the Right. Many of them have fallen, toppled over by the weight of their own indulgences. EWTN is a de facto mainstream media operation for many American Catholics. Are they really that bad? I don’t watch either, and I confess I neglect to pray for them. If they really have gone off the rails, I doubt bishops will have an effect. What if Mother Angelica were to come back? What would she do? Somehow I think Jesus had the measure of that option too.