Chapter 7

 

 

Fixing This:

 

FORMAL CHARGES OF HERESY

ARE BROUGHT HEREBY,

AGAINST EWTN/RN, RELEVANT RADIO,

PRIESTS FOR LIFE, AND ASSOCIATES:

 

 

 

Eternal Word Television Network – EWTN/RN – and associate persons, have disobeyed, topspun, too many authoritative elements of the Church.  EWTN has appeared to support, but often gone against, the core authority of the Church.  It has opposed the core Traditions of the Church; opposing not “just” two or three contemporary Cardinals, and the current Pope, but also opposing one of the major saints of the church – St. Thomas Aquinas.  It has done this consistently, over several decades; and has broadcast its resistance, its false doctrines, to tens of millions of Catholics; electing many pro-military political candidates to office, and neglecting environmental concerns.  Finally, EWTN’s resistance to core Church authority and Tradition is so extreme, so adamant, so scandalous, and the result has been so disastrous, that finally, there is today no remedy to fix this – other than that EWTN/RN and its major anti-abortion associates, should be – formally, publicly, accused of the sin of “heresy.”  Of going against the Church.  Of heresy against the Roman Catholic Church.  And against God.  A charge we bring here and now, against EWTN/RN and associates, and related organizations like Frank Pavone’s “Priests for Life,” and Relevant Radio.

 

What is “heresy”?  In the typically elliptical, language of the larger, “universal” Catechism of the Catholic Church, (USCCB approved c. 2000 edition, say), “heresy” is hard to define.  But in popular, ordinary language, it is easy enough.  In a standard dictionary definition, in Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, heresy is simply this:   “adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma”; a “denial of a revealed truth by a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church.”  And this clearly describes what organizations like EWRN have done.  We here – along with several Cardinals and “Our Holy Father,” Pope Benedict XVI –  have found that a very close look at what EWTN has said, shows that EWTN/RN does not adhere to a true, accurate review of Catholic doctrine, dogma, tradition, on key subjects pertaining to, specifically, abortion.  Therefore, global Catholic talk radio especially, has been guilty of in effect, the crime of heresy.  It has departed significantly, obstinately, publicly, repeatedly – and, scandalously, and with potentially immense destructive effect – from what the Church, the cardinals and the Pope, have said.   And from what the Bible and God said as well.

 

EWTN is therefore, guilty of heresy.  Against the Church, and against God.  And so, what should be done about this, next?

 

What should be done about this heresy?  In the past, many, many mild corrections, and even more severe disciplinary actions, were apparently attempted by the Church itself, against EWTN/RN and its founder, Mother Angelica.  Mother Angelica had, among countless other offenses, publicly chastised a Bishop, a Cardinal – Bishop/Cardinal Mahony – on the air.  So that Mahony apparently sought action against her.  But this was not the only time EWTN publicly defied a cardinal.  In addition, several more key Cardinals – like Cardinal McCarrick, who was then head of the USCCB, the agency that oversees all American bishops – condemned the network’s “one issue” Catholicism;  Card. McCarrick also assured us, that the Church is “not telling us how to vote.”  While finally, a third, very prominent Cardinal indeed – Cardinal Joe Ratzinger, then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the Vatican itself –  wrote a memo, against anti-abortionists’ dis-“proportionate” stance.  In Ratzinger’s “Worthiness to Receive,” 2004 memo.  This last censure of EWTN and anti-abortionism, by Cardinal Ratzinger was especially definitive; Cardinal Ratzinger was at the time of the memo, the head of the very Vatican agency, whose job it was to determine whether any given doctrine was consistent with the Church’s doctrines; and in effect, Ratzinger determined it was not.  This extremely definitive Cardinal’s decision moreover, was to become even more definitive.  When, in 2005, Cardinal Joe Ratzinger, became the Pope; “Our Holy Father,” Benedict XVI.

 

At least three cardinals and a pope have criticized EWTN and/or its major doctrine; and yet obviously, none of them have been successful in stopping them; EWTN has adamantly, persistently, rebelled against the Cardinals, and the Pope himself.  So what now, finally, should now be done about EWTN/RN and one-issue anti-abortionism therefore?  One-issue anti-abortionism has already been repeatedly censured by the Church; by three Cardinals, and a Pope; but scandalously, EWTN/RN has not changed, or repented of its sins.  So what should good Catholics – and good patriotic Americans and others – do?

 

What finally, can we do?  What can we do when a major media outlet, like EWTN, presents false doctrines, even as it insists it is the voice of Catholicism; even as it insists that it is, by implication, the very voice of God?  Even as it continues to oppose three Cardinals, and a Pope, and to oppose the very core of Catholic Tradition?  When it openly denigrates saints, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas?  When it opposes the Bible and God?  When it has used a false doctrine, to influence the votes of millions of people, and determine the course of the whole world, in the name of a false theology?  When it has done this, in spite of constant efforts of call-in listeners, and finally even Cardinals and the Pope, to correct it?

 

Finally, when any person or organization that represents itself as “Catholic,” does all that, it is obviously extremely deceitful, hypocritical, sinful, willfully rebellious, and persistent in its sins.  So that finally there is nothing left to do now, except for the Church to take very, very strong action against this network – and associates.  Including especially, “Priests for Life.”  Which is precisely the main representative today, of the “one issue” Catholicsm that so many Cardinals and bishops and popes rightly opposed.

 

Specifically what measures should now be taken against EWTN/RN, Relevant Radio, and associates?  Finally, their sins and rebellions against the Church, having been so egregious, and persistent, and scandalous, there is no real choice here:  the network itself, and/or key figures on EWTN/RN, should a) be publicly refused Communion.  As they are b) tried publicly, formally, for heresy.

 

 

 

Earlier, Failed Efforts by the Church,

To Correct This Problem

 

 

 

Major “Catholic” media – Eternal Word Television Network, and its anti-abortionist guests, and Relevant Radio – have persisted in hundreds of public rebellions and sly subterfuges against the Church.  EWTN’s head and founder, Mother Angelica, personally and publicly, on the air, rebelled against Church leadership, Cardinal Mahony.   And caused a public scandal.  Eventually, EWTN/RN ignored the orders of at least three cardinals – including the Pope.  Yet this media network persists obstinately in its sins.  Misleading itself … and tens of millions of others.   In a theology which attacks the very heart of humanity and religion too:  attacking the mind, intelligencel; attacking the spirit or soul.

 

The sin of Neo Conservative Catholics, continues today, unabated.  Any listener who today tunes in to the radio branch of EWTN,  EWRN, as webstreamed on the Internet, will quickly find that, in spite of repeated censure by three cardinals and the “Our Holy Father,” EWTN and related organizations and individuals like Relevant Radio and Sheila Liaugminas, have not cased to promulgate a radical, heretical, one issue anti-abortionism.  A quick check of just a few shows on EWTN today, c. 2009, will easily confirm that today the network is still espousing, uncorrected, its classic, even “one issue” anti-abortionism.  On particularly, EWRN shows like “The Good Fight” with Barb McGuigan (EWTN live, 2-3:30 PM Chicago time? Saturday).  Or on shows like “Defending Life” with Father Frank Pavone, (6:30 PRM Sat.).  Or on “Women of Grace,” with Johnnette Benkovic and Father Edmund Sylvia, (11 AM).  While indeed, organizations like Fr. Frank Pavone’s “Priests for Life” are consciously, explicitly centered around “one issue” Catholicism – in this case, one-issue, Pro-“Life,” anti-abortionism – condemned by Cardinal McCarrick and Pope Benedict XVI.  Clearly these organizations are in rebellion against the Church and the Pope.  Just one more example, among thousands:  in the EWRN Lenten morning Mass, on March. 4, 2010, the homily for Lent as usual at EWTN, is mostly about abortion and the embryo.  The speaker greeted us first of all, before a word about God himself, with a statement of support for anti-abortion organizations.  Then the homily assures us incorrectly, that the Church says no one can cooperate in any way with abortion, because that is cooperation with evil; which we are told cannot be done, even for a greater good, like “social” goods.  Yet this homily is incorrect; the speaker – an priest, from the Birmingham Alabama diocese? – is rebelling against  Pope John Paul II.  Who told us in his 2004 memo that voting for a pro-abortion candidate for example, is only “remote material cooperation” with evil; and therefore, “can be permitted.”  Probably listeners of EWTN, in Irondale AL, should start regularly informing the bishop of EWTN’s Birmingham diocese, that his priests regularly contradict/rebel against, the Pope, Benedict XVI, by over-stressing the matter of Abortion.  The current bishop for EWTN’s Birmingham diocese, Bishop Robert Baker can, as of 2010, be reached at the Catholic Church’s Birmingham Diocese headquarters, adelbueno@bhmdisocese.org).

 

The heresy of anti-abortionism continues today therefore, on the many self-appointed conservative “Catholic” media networks; and increasingly even in churches.  While if anything, it is all picking up speed.  In fact, the heresy has recently all but taken over one Vatican court, in the person of EWTN protégé, Archbishop Burke.   (Though Burke was in effect criticized by Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, who rescinded his invitation to speak in Westminster Cathedral; as reported in Nat. Cath. Reporter, March 26, 2009; and Telegraph.co.uk, Feb. 16, 2009).

 

In effect, the heresy of anti-abortionism is even now, taking over the Vatican itself.  And we see this manifested in very real, very consequential actions in ordinary political life.  On Oct. 28, 2009 for example, Sheila Liaugminas crowed on the Drew Mariani Show, on Relevant Radio, that a local bishop had publicly corrected, rebuked, excommunicated, Democratic congressman Rep. Patrick Kennedy.  Kennedy was criticized, for daring to suggested in effect, that democratic issues like Health Care to help the poor and heal the sick, might be more important than anti-abortionism.  And late in 2009/2010, Kennedy announced that he would not run for re-election.  So that Sheila Liuagminas and other anti-abortionists, elements of the Church, were intervening successfully in American political affairs.

 

Clearly the heresy of anti-abortionism continues – and it is now successfully intervening too, in political events.  Clearly too, all the milder – and even the rather more extreme – pastoral attempts to correct anti-abortionism, have been utterly ineffective.  Even the most casual survey of recent material from EWTN/RN and related organizations, will show that they are still espousing many false theologies – especially, a false anti-abortionism. Even today.  And that false theology, is even now having very real effects in the world, on millions of others.  Most recently, it effectively defeated one of the major works of God:  the attempt to give better health insurance, health care, to poor people.

 

In spite of the efforts (at least) three Cardinals and the Pope, a false, “conservative,” anti-abortion theology, is now taking over the Church, and taking over the world.  So what should we or the Church now do?  In the past, many key authorities in the Church have tried many times – along with many others – to simply ask EWTN/RN and others to reform.  Yet all previous attempts to simply, politely ask for reform, have failed

 

Most of following remedies, for example, have been previously tried by the Church against EWTN and against anti-abortionism. But none of these previous efforts against EWTN, have succeeded:

 

 

Priests and others, speaking to EWTN and associates privately, was a too-mild remedy, which has not worked so far.

 

Nor were calls on the air, from listeners objecting to EWTN, effective.  These were immediately countered by sophistries, and any effective arguments were taken off the air.

 

Nor were pleadings or alarms by one or two American Bishops and Cardinals against EWTN, and/or “one issue” Catholicism – by Cardinals Mahony, and McCarrick; Bishop Steib – enough.

 

Nor was a memo from the Pope himself,  saying that voting for pro-abortion candidates, “can be permitted,” enough (Joe Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, “Worthiness to Receive,” 2004 Memo).

 

Nor was this matter being publicly raised in the Catholic Press enough. (As found above, for example, in Catholic Reporter articles).  Nor even were cartoons in the national press enough to slow down Karl Keating and EWTN either.

 

Nor did a Cardinal (Mahony) in effect accusing the head of EWTN, Mother Angelica, of apostasy, or heresy, stop EWTN.  Or stop Johnnette Benkovic, or Father Edmund Sylvia, or Father Frank Pavone, etc..

 

Nor did the actual resignation of Mother Angelica stop this. The abuses continue to this very day.

 

While any and all other attempts by the Church to assert control of the network have also manifestly failed.  (Given that the network’s anti-abortion message is continuing today, unabated).

 

 

Literally hundreds of different attempts have been made – some mild, but some more severe – to reform EWTN/RN.  Hundreds of attempts have been made by private citizens, and by the Church hierarchy.  But none of these many earlier attempts have been effective.

 

Milder remedies having failed, what must the Church now do, to finally end this?  Countless mild, pastoral remedies having clearly failed, and EWTN/RN having persistently, deliberately, consistently resisted even corrections by at least three Cardinals of the Church and by the Pope himself, finally, there is no recourse but for the Church itself to today, take far, far more serious and drastic and public action.  Against EWTN/RN et alia..

 

 

The Sins of EWTN

Continue Today

 

For some time,  a fatal heresy has been taking over “Catholic” media, and even the Church itself:  the “Pro Life” heresy.  The heresy of  anti-abortionism.  Which continually tells the people that the issue of abortion is extremely important.  So important that the most common version of this false doctrine, tells millions of people that we must always vote for the most anti-abortion candidate, in an election.  And, since the most anti-abortion political party in America is the Republican Party, in this heresy, the Church, God, implicitly command us to vote Republican; even in every election.

 

This is the main or distinctive message, of many major Catholic institutions like EWTN/RN and Relevant Radio.  But this message is a gross and deadly, false theology; this message has been opposed by many, many high Church authorities.  Yet no previous attempts by the Church or anyone else, to end this bad theology, this false doctrine, have been successful.  All mild efforts have failed.  Even the semi-public criticism of EWTN/RN founder and head, Mother Angelica, by a Cardinal – Cardinal Mahony – failed.  Even the fairly direct criticism of Pro Life anti-abortionism, by two more Cardinals and the Pope – their criticism of one “issue,” dis “proportionate” Catholicism – have also failed to correct all this.  While today, the false doctrine, the heresy of anti-abortionism, is growing; recently EWTN/RN protégé,  Archbishop Burke, was appointed to the Vatican court.

 

Today, the heresy of anti-abortionism, is poised to formally take over the Vatican, and the entire Church.  So what can be done?  EWTN/RN and the anti-abortion movement, have on the surface pretended to remain, at least superficially, loyal to the Church – while actually defying Christian Tradition more and more deeply.  Presenting itself as the “conservative” voice of the traditional Church, we will have been showing here that deeper down, EWTN has actually not followed the Church at all.  But has actually been betraying the Church and God; furthering actually, not God, but a “conservative”/”liberal” social political philosophy.  One which serves in part liberals, but even more, serves the “conservative” wing of the Republican Party.

 

The Pro Life network has been falsely presenting its own, false, social/political “traditions of men,” as the traditions of the Church, and of God.  Worse, it has been far more influential than one might have thought; its small but decisive vote, has dominated, leveraged, one election after another.  Dominating politics and elections, and thereby eventually America and the world, with a false theology, for nearly 30 years.  Dominating the Church, and America– and through that, the whole world – with a false idea of God and a False (idea of) Christ.  A very destructive false Christ, in fact.

 

For many years, Pro Life Neo Cons have spread a false idea of the Church and of God; one that protects only the lives of embryos, above all other thing.  For Father Frank Pavone, “Defending Life” for all practical purposes means, 99% of the time, defending only embryos … and letting everyone else die.   In particular, Pro Lifers are unified with supernationalism; and stress and allow support for the troops, and for military actions and wars. While they neglect peace and the environment, floods and famines; and neglect public health.  The false doctrine of Pro Life anti-abortionism, values only the single issue, only the life of the embryo; neglecting the more numerous  – and undoubtedly human – lives of grown children, adults.  Finally, because of this narrow one issue focus, countless lives will have been unnecessarily lost.  Due to the neglect, by obsessively narrow anti-abortionists, of “other issues”; like unnecessary wars, by the neglect of environmental and health issues.  Anti-abortionists try to suggest that their own issue outweighs all others, because of the massive number of abortions.  But that assertion depends – as do all other anti-abortion arguments – on a number of false premises.  On the premise for example that a) the embryo is a full human being; and b) that it outweighs all other considerations therefore.  But we will have shown here that these – and a hundred other arguments – against abortion, are false.  While we also have shown that anti-abortionism is literally, physically fatal.

 

A false – and literally, physically fatal – doctrine, therefore, is currently dominating the world.  It is time therefore, for the Church to take a much, much longer, harder look at the obstinate rebellion, against God and the Church, by EWTN/RN and related agencies.  Indeed, the Church should soon take far, far more dramatic and public action, against EWTN/RN, and related agencies and individuals.

 

As a major part of an accusation of heresy, a recommendation for excommunication of anti-abortionists from the Church, we might review briefly, the appalling record of EWTN/RN, as regards specifically, the authority of the church.  The Pro Life movement, specifically EWTN/RN, has defied at least three Cardinals, including the Pope:

 

 

111)     # 197 EWTN/RN and related organizations like Fr. Frank Pavone’s “Priests for Life,” have defied the Pope.   Specifically, they have disobeyed Pope Benedict XVI’s directive against dis-“proportion”ate emphasis on just one issue, like abortion; when he specifically said that voting for pro-abortion candidates, “can be permitted” (in Joe Ratzinger’s 2004 memo, “Worthiness to Receive”).  Even today, they continue to broadcast, they have not sufficiently renounced, their heretical, one-issue, anti-abortionism.  (Their position being continually reaffirmed to this day; to take one recent example at random, by Colin Donovan on EWRN, 3:12 ff PM Central time, March 5, 2010.)

 

112)     # 198 EWTN etc. have defied Cardinal McCarrick, who was then head of the USCCB.  When he spoke against one-“issue” anti-abortionism.

 

113)     # 199 EWTN’s head, Mother Angelica, openly spoke against Cardinal Mahony.  And defied his corrective orders.  Until her resignation c. 2000, after a stroke.

 

Anti-abortionists therefore, defied at least three Cardinals, including the present Pope.  Ignoring the directives of the Cardinals, EWTN and anti-abortion organizations like Fr. Frank Pavone’s “Priests for Life” have continued to broadcast their dis-“proportionate,” heretical, one-“issue,” anti-abortionism, worldwide.  While all efforts by the Church leadership to date, to stop this – including the efforts of three cardinals, and the Pope himself –  have been utterly ignored.

 

114)     # 200 EWTN/RN has at times appeared to support the saints … but then even opposed saints.  Notably, it opposed St. Augustine, and the en-“soul”ment issue.  When he suggested that the young embryo was not fully a human with a rational soul.  Then? Even St. Thomas Aquinas.  When, in spite of his own anti-abortionism, this saint also confirmed that a very young embryo is not fully “formed,” or “ensoul”ed.

 

115)     # 201 When EWTN opposed St. Thomas Aquinas, it opposed a saint whose theology was mandated by the 1917 Canon (revised in 1918), to be the primary theology taught in seminaries, (canons 589:1, and 1366:2).  So that EWTN is in violation of canon law.

 

116)     # 202 Then too, we here find that the Bible itself, did not support anti-abortionism; so EWTN disobeyed the Bible.  (Ps. 139; Numb. 5.14-30).

 

117)     # 203 So that, in spite of its own protestations and belief in its own piety and obedience, EWTN/RN actually a) defies the Church.  And for that matter, the Pro Life movement b) defies God.

 

 

Given all  the sins of EWTN/RN, why has the Church failed to control it?  In part it is because the Church has been unprepared.  It has been taken aback, confronting for the first time, the surprisingly sophisticated resources of full-time talk-radio, and spin-doctoring organizations.  Like the countless organizations behind Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Hannity, and Karl Keating, and “Priests for Life.”  Against the well-oiled machine of contemporary talk-show rhetoric, these argument machines, the traditional Church has been completely outflanked.  (As were liberal Democrats too; until Obama set up a special web site to answer right-wing radio talking points, in his campaign).

 

Pro Life anti-abortionism is actually against the Church, the Bible, and against God.  But today, the anti-abortion heresy is spreading.  Indeed, it has long since controlled countless elections, from c. 1980-2008.  And it has been also taking over, even priests.  Even bishops; as when one bishop just yesterday, criticized Rep. Patrick Kennedy (Dem. R. I.), for supporting Health Care, over anti-abortionism (Bishop Tobin; a 2007 incident reported Oct. 28, 2009).  So that today the heresy is spreading, even to bishops. And it is effective; one target of the Bishops, Patrick Kennedy, announced that he would not seek re-election. Having solidified support in the Church, anti-abortionists’ continue to attempt to effect the vote; so that once again The Roman Catholic Church can be accused of interfering with internal governmental/political affairs, in America, and the world.  In possible violation of many national treaties and laws.  (The Lateran Treaty; or of the various treaties that protect the national sovereignty, the elector process, of nations like America).

 

So what should now be done?  Now that all previous efforts by Cardinals and Popes, to discipline the anti-abortion movement, have clearly, totally failed.  Now that anti-abortionism is as big as ever in the church; indeed, as it is growing bolder every day.  Until it is fixed, as long as it controls the Church, the Church itself can now be accused of acting politically, interfering with elections.

 

How many times and in how many ways, has EWTN and the Pro Life movement resisted the Church?

 

118)     # 204 The movement has resisted ecclesiastical and legal actions taken against it.  Legal and pastoral initiatives, attempts by the Church to gain legal control or ownership of EWTN network, have apparently failed.  Chris Ferrara reports that when the fight between Mother Angelica and the Church came to a head, around 1997, the Church demanded and got, Mother Angelica’s resignation, c. 2000 AD.  At that time, it is reported, the Church attempted to assert its own ownership or control of the network.  But the attempt by the Church to gain control of the network it is said, simply failed.  Leaving the network in the hands of a rebellious, unqualified, and obstinate lay staff.  (See Ferrara’s web site advertising his book, “EWTN:  A Network Gone Wrong”).

 

119)     # 205 Given its increased activity in politics, attempting to effect legislation – activity which is often illegal under IRS laws for non-profit organizations, 501 (c)(3)’s – some like Ms. Kessling (of Catholics for Choice?) might suggest the IRS could be assisted in investigating EWTN or allied organizations, like Keating’s Catholic Answers Live and so forth.  But these organizations have already apparently come under fire from the IRS and other government agencies.  For potentially disobeying the law; the laws forbidding non-profit religious organizations, from engaging in open political activity, in favor of a particular political party, etc..  But those efforts have failed.  Apparently, Karl Keating for example just changed the name of his organization, and/or filed for a different non-profit status.  (More recently in 2009, Keating filed a counter suit against the IRS for harassment; though a federal judge dismissed the suit, dependent on the false assumption that the offense would not be repeated).

 

Even as they claim fidelity to the Church, EWTN and related Pro Life agencies and individuals, has rebelled against at least three cardinals and the Pope – and they have violated countless policies and doctrines of the Church.  Some suggest they may also have violated many governments’ laws as well (American, Italian, etc.). Even as it claims fidelity to the Church, EWTN/RN has rebelled against the Cardinals and the Pope;  against two saints; against canon law, and against the very core of Catholic Tradition and magisterium.  In effect, EWTN has rebelled against the Church, and against God.

 

Countless remedies to fix this, have been earlier attempted; among others, by the Church, the Cardinals, the Pope, against EWTN/RN, or anti-abortionism.  But clearly, all previous measures have failed.  Even the occasional presence of dozens of priests in the midst of these various anti-abortion organizations, has not corrected these heretical organizations.  Instead, the influence has gone the other way.  Far from the presence of priests moderating and correcting the message of Catholic anti-abortion organizations, instead, these organizations converted priests, even bishops, to the anti-abortion heresy.

 

Today, even Bishops and Archbishops have been infected by the Pro Abortion Heresy.  To cite just one recent example at random:  some time on or after Oct. 28, 2009, anti-abortionist Sheila Liaugminas, on the Drew Mariani Show, Relevant Radio, crowed that a bishop had publicly chastised Rep. Kennedy, for daring to suggest that health care for the poor, Universal Health Care, was more important than anti-abortionism. Thus once again, the narrow fixation of anti-abortionism, actually denigrates Jesus:  denigrates the God who told us hundreds of times to a) heal the sick and b) help the poor.  Jesus himself has been abandoned.  In c) favor of a radical anti-abortionist political creed.  A creed never mentioned explicitly in the Bible, not even once, has replaced the support for the poor and the sick that was one of the main issues of God and Jesus.  Thus the single “issue” of abortion, as the Cardinals warned, now crowds out “other issues,” that are much more central to Christianity; issues mentioned hundreds, even thousands of times, by God. Today, for many people in the Church, there are no human lives that are worth anything – except the life of the embryo.

 

Thus, by anti-abortionism’s extreme, “one issue” narrowness, Jesus and God have been abandoned.   (While the continued degradation of the environment” is a continued threat, said the current Holy Father?  The second week in Dec., 2009.  Benedict XVI is now called the “Green Pope.”).

 

The 1) Pro Life movement is a heresy.  Worse, 2) it is literally a physically fatal one; no one knows how many millions of lives will be lost, because of this heresy’s narrow focus just on a single issue, on embryos; ignoring and denigrating all other, human lives.  Worse, 3) today the heresy of Pro-Lifers, of anti-abortionism, is stronger than ever – and growing.  Clearly, 4) the milder efforts by the Church, the Pope, to reform it, have failed.  For that matter finally, even the rather indirect but dramatic intervention by three cardinals and the Pope, have not stopped this heresy from taking over nuns, priests, and bishops.  From taking over America; and dominating one election after another.  And then, by dominating America, this false theology has dominated, leveraged, the whole earth.

 

So what finally, must now be done?  By the Church, and others?  In the name of God?

 

 

RECOMMENDED:

STRONG, DRAMATIC ACTIONS

BY THE CHURCH,

ARE NOW NEEDED,

AGAINST EWTN, EWRN,

FR. FRANK PAVONE,

SHEILA LIAUGMINAS, ETC.

 

 

What can be done to stop the runaway train of Pro Life anti-abortionism?  When the efforts of (at least) three Cardinals, and the Pope himself, have not stopped it?  It is hoped that our present book might be helpful; having outlining a hundred or more Biblical and Catholic and ethical arguments against anti-abortionism (including but not limited to, one-issue anti-abortionism).  The public and the clergy can use our present book, as a defense manual against the radical anti-abortionism of elements of the Church.

 

But to be sure, readers should remember that all previous attempts, at merely presenting more intellectual arguments against EWTN – like our own; like the memo from the Pope, like countless academic papers in support of abortion – have failed in the past.  All such efforts to point out the falsities in Pro Life politics were in the past, simply ignored by media organizations like EWTN.  Or turned into simplified straw-men, to be shot down, on the air, in front of millions.  By the legions of sophistical apologists and talk show hosts that today utterly dominate Catholic radio & TV media.

 

And so is our own present book, is any further simple debate of this subject, useful?  Or is any real debate on this subject even possible?  Today, on many subjects like abortion, there is very little honest, true public “debate.” All we hear is just one side of any given question, on any given media outlet.  And unfortunately, current “conservative” “Catholic”media , have presented, overwhelmingly, only the Republican, “conservative” side of nearly every single issue.  There is no real debate or free an open discussion on talk radio.  From conservative Catholic media,  the public is never adequately informed of the pro-abortion side; all the public hears offered in the name of Catholicism and God, are one-sided, radical, politically-motivated, “conservative,” anti-abortion messages.   And nothing else.  Thanks to the domination of “Catholic” media like EWRN, Relevant Radio, by narrow one-issue organizations like “Priests for Life,” and to rebellious Catholic women like Sheila Liaugminas, all the public hears issued in the name of Catholicism today, in Catholic media, are the heresies of conservatism, and anti-abortionism.   While, against Liaugminas and Fr. Frank Pavone, the voice of saints like St. Thomas Aquinas and Saint Augustine, are almost never heard.  Indeed, the voice of God himself, is never really heard, on EWTN/RN.  Only the voice of the Republican Party.  Presenting itself as God.

 

How can this travesty be ended?  What can the Church do?  Finally, the Church needs to understand what is the core source of this problem, of this growing heresy:  the very center of the problem, of the heresies, is 1) the new lay “Catholic” advocacy organizations and networks.  At the very, very core, especially, is 2) Eternal Word Television Network; including most especially and particularly, 3) its radio branch, Eternal Word Radio network.  These relatively new media organizations are the major source of the new conservative heresies.  First they have been a problem, because a) they are often headed and b) most staffed by lay individuals.  By non priests – c) who have their own lay, social/political philosophy and agendas.  The problem is that they have a “conservative” political bias especially.  The current vast, interlacing web of  “conservative” Catholic and especially anti-abortion organizations and individuals, does not “full”y, accurately reflect the “fullness,” the full diversity, of the Roman Catholic Church; including its many liberal elements.  Nor can such d) unmonitored, unofficial organizations, full of non-priests, present the Church’s official stance, on anything.   They have no such authority.  Though they have constantly presented themselves as the voice of the Church, and of God.

 

That therefore, is the major source of the new heresies.  And so, to fix this?  To fix all this, first, the Church needs to warn the people.  The people desperately need to be warned; need to be reminded several times a day, very prominently, on these networks themselves, that these organizations do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Roman Catholic Church.  The public needs to know that these organizations merely broadcast their own, private, personal, biased idea of what the Catholic Church is saying … or what they think it ought to say.  The public needs to be warned that e) the whole world has been mislead, by false prophets, false media talking idols.  Who have presented a false vision of the Church, a false image of Christ, to the whole world.

 

How to stop this abuse?  In particular, f) the public needs to know that such organizations and individuals as EWTN and Relevant Radio, misuse the word “Catholic”; because they present only misleading fragments of Church sayings.  These networks have a political bias, an ax to grind.  And so they do not present a full and balanced view of the Church; but instead present only the misrepresentative parts, parts taken out of context.  Such networks present only the parts of what the Church says,  that seem to support their own radical political philosophies.  While these new media and advocacy organizations, just ignore – or “twist” –  the other parts of Church doctrines.  The parts that do not support their radical, narrow, one-issue position.  Countless examples can be found of this on EWTN daily.  But one example at random:  consider the misleading way that EWTN/RN and Sheila Liaugminas for example, quote the part of the Church doctrines, the part of the Pope’s 2004 memo. Typically, they quote or emphasize only the part of the memo, that seems to allow excommunication of pro-abortion people.  But then they dishonestly ignore, or fail to stress, the rest of the memo; where the Pope warned that focusing dis “proportionate”ly on one issue like abortion, might not be good.  Particularly EWTN and other anti-abortion organizations, entirely leave out the final conclusion of the memo.  Where the Pope tells us explicitly, word-for-word, that voting for pro-abortion candidates “can be permitted.”

 

The main problem in large part, has been the relatively new, unmonitored, lay and priestly Catholic advocacy organizations.  The bottom line is that g) such advocacy groups tend to focus after all, just on a single issue to advocate.  Thus all too many “conservative” “Catholic” agencies like EWTN, and indeed most uneducated Catholics, only see the simple surface, or one tiny “part,” of Catholicism and Christianity, and the Bible. (See Paul admitting that often religious persons only see “part” of the truth).  While these new organizations therefore continually misrepresent the larger, fuller, deeper message of the Church, and of the Bible.  These neo con Catholics never really see the real, fuller meaning of religion; and therefore, when they “evangelize,” they merely end up broadcasting a false vision of God.  Their Catholicism is so narrow, so oversimplified, as to present a false idea of God; an idol.   A false Christ.

 

Many h) major authorities in the Church itself, have tried to note this problem, and fix it, in the past.  But to date, they have failed.  Cardinal Mahony noted that conservatives, or media figures with only a little “theology” as Cardinal Mahony noted, have ended up teaching, broadcasting, heresies, full time.  Indeed, today unqualified non-priests (and a few unqualified genuine but narrow, real priests like Fr. Pavone), now broadcast narrow, false, incomplete, politically-biased theologies, to millions, even billions of people worldwide; in particular, they broadcast the heresy of radical, typically one-issue, anti-abortionism.  And unfortunately, due to the size and cumulative influence of the new Catholic networks, their heresies have for some time, had enough resources, to go worldwide; to reach to every person on the earth.  EWTN, combined with the rest of the (formerly, “Christian”) “Conservative Coalition,” and combined with the dozens, hundreds of anti-abortion individuals and organizations, forms a massive distribution network.  But this massive network – which reaches more than a hundred thousand households through American cable networks alone; and then has reached the whole world through the Internet –  has unfortunately, merely spread a narrow, false theology.  To the whole world.  And big as it is, even rather direct confrontations by even Cardinals and Popes, has not been enough to even slow it down, to date.

 

The network i) is already quite large in distribution.  And if it is thought that not many people actually watch or listen to it (if what we once called its Nielson or “Arbitron” numbers are low), actually the network has far, far more influence than a network “merely” that size or listenership.  Keep in mind that even those people who tune into this network, for just a brief moment, even once or twice, take even that minimal exposure, extremely seriously.  Those hear it, have heard it presented after all, as the definitive word of the Church; as the word of God.  And those listeners j) then repeat what they have heard, by word of mouth.  So that the influence of this network is much, much larger, than one might think from its ratings.

 

But this deceitful network is large enough, just in terms of raw numbers. The larger network of interlacing conservative organizations, in fact has truly massive resources.  Indeed, a) EWTN/RN alone, is offered on most of the most common TV cable and satellite packages in America, for example.  So that its false message, its false theology, has been broadcast on cable and satellite networks to potentially, 100 million families or more, in the US alone.  Then too, EWTN b) is currently found on more than 100 AM and FM radio stations (including affiliates).  But especially, EWTN/RN c) is currently web-steamed worldwide. So that it reaches, at least once, a potential audience of at least one billion human beings, online.  While no doubt many carry news of it, by work of mouth, to everyone.  While furthermore, EWTN d)  has done this, for decades; for 28 years and counting.  So that the network has had a massive, cumulative audience.  And it has engraved its ideas on their hearts and minds, extremely deeply; since it presents itself as the official voice of the Church, and of God.  Because of that, its words were deeply remembered, even by those who heard it’s message just once.  Though indeed, e) it repeated its anti-abortion theology, typically, at least several dozens times every single day; as indeed its most-frequently mentioned topic.  So that the penetration of the world, the false theology of anti-abortionism, has been nearly total.  Indeed, f) for many years, the anti-abortion vote has been a recognizable feature in every election; and even in current attempts to pass Health Care legislation.

 

In spite of the best efforts to date, of at least three cardinals and at least one or two Popes to stop it, the false theology of anti-abortion extremists and terrorists (after the assassination of abortion doctor, Dr. Teller), has all but utterly triumphed.  Since it is now widely believed to be the authentic word of the Church and God, the network’s false theology has been passed on religiously, by word of mouth, to the entire world.  Probably tens of millions of Catholic have personally heard EWTN at least once or twice, flipping though cable and TV stations.  Worse, thanks to its constant repetition, and its claims to be the voice of God, moreover, even those who were only very briefly exposed to its false message, were very, very deeply imprinted.   The network therefore was hugely more influential than even its rather impressive formal statistics would suggest; its message was taken up and spread by word of mouth, as a new folk religion.

 

EWTN’S heretical message has therefore reached probably, ultimately, directly and indirectly, nearly all the one billion Catholics worldwide; and at least an equal number of non-Catholics.  Indeed, EWTN’s false message, has covered the whole earth, on the Internet.  Not only was its penetration into the market widespread; its influence was disproportionately great.  Since it claims to speak for the Pope, for God.  Therefore, what it had said was far, far more effective than normal talk show patter.  And in fact, we suggest that this false issue, was able to influence countless elections.  Specifically, if was more than enough to swing the largely minority; Hispanic/ethnic Catholic vote, far more strongly to Republicanism, than would otherwise have been the case.  (Until 2008?).

 

In effect, beginning even before the growth of EWTN, in 1981, antiabortionism controlled the Church in America.  And through that vote?  It controlled America – and the whole world.  It elected one right-wing politician after another; electing thousands of “conservative,” patriotic/nationalist militarist, Republican politicians.  To positions ranging from school textbook committee members, to US congressmen, senators – and presidents.   At least three Republican presidents of the United States, were elected, in large part due to the anti-abortion vote. Including  Ronald Reagan, 1980-88; Bush I, 1988-1992; Bush II 2000-2008.  During this time, there was a brief moment when a Democrat, Bill Clinton was president (1992-2000).  But even during those years, the US Congress overall, House and Senate, were overwhelming, Republican.  So that Democrats were rather utterly stopped.

 

A “Conservative” Republicanism in fact therefore, ruled America, for about 28 years. But while a few religious conservatives might find some satisfaction in this, we now note that there will have been many, many sins and errors in the neo-con movement.  Worse, in many ways, they were merely spoilers – who ended up supporting many right-wing programs they never intended to support; even as they never succeeded in passing their main goals.  In effect, they only spoiled other issues.  Anti-abortionists elected countless Republican candidates that were for war, and against helping the poor; who were allegedly against abortion, but who never passed strong legislation against it.  (As of this date, 2010).

 

There are therefore many evils and ironies in the accomplishments of Catholic Neo Cons.  Among others we might add this:  Catholics, voting only for the most anti-abortion candidates, elected countless candidates that were in other ways, in other issues, very non- and even anti-Catholic. Often, they elected Protestants:  electing Protestant Bush, for example, over Catholic Kerry, 2004.  Then too, they elected candidates who were patriotically “American” – but that meant that they elected candidates who were therefore against an international Church; one that joins “all nations, all tongues” (Isaiah). Then too, they elected candidates that were against injuring embryos – but who didn’t mind killing lots of people in wars.  Or who didn’t even mind starting wars:  the exaggerated, bellicose rhetoric of such candidates as anti-abortionist mothers elected, in fact soon antagonized other nations and religions.  And soon drew us into conflicts with Muslim terrorists; and into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  While they neglected other more important “issues,” like health care for the poor, sick, and dying.  All of this fully justifying, finally, the Cardinals’ warnings about the dangers of “one issue” Catholicism.  In focusing so narrowly on just one issue in life, this movement ignored – and allowed to flourish – many other evils.

 

So what precisely, is the great evil has been done by this false theology?  For more than 20 years, a false, heretical – and literally, physically deadly – anti-abortionism, has been delivered to 60 million American Catholics, and to one billion Catholics worldwide, with deadly effect, like an evil virus.   Thanks largely to EWTN/RN, an evil heresy, a false idea of God, has blanketed the Church, and the world.  This heresy was intended to be kind of embryos.  But by neglecting all other issues, all other living things – like the poor, the sick, the war victims – it passively or actively allowed millions to die of neglect of other evils.

 

Because of the great evil of their narrowness, their obsessive focus just one “one issue,” EWTN/RN and other anti-abortionist organizations, have been rebuked repeatedly, by even three Cardinals, and our Pope.  Yet EWTN and related personnel and have persisted, adamantly, willfully, disobediently,  in a heresy; and have persistently, willfully, publicly, scandalously, disobeyed the Cardinals, the Pope, the saints, and the Church.  In spite of being warned constantly about their error.

 

EWTN and antiabortionists have persistently, willful, persisted in a grave, literally fatal heresy or sin.  So that finally, what must we do now?  Ironically, the same punishment it freely recommended for everyone else who disagreed with itself, are most appropriate for EWTN itself.  According to the parts of Church doctrine that EWTN/RN and related individuals and organizations like to quote, those people who have willfully, persistently, publicly, gone against Church, must be – according to the very doctrine that conservatives like to use against liberals – be simply, first, denied communion.  They must be simply, excommunicated.   In addition, their doctrines should be officially anathematized, and execrated.

 

 

Recommended

Disciplinary Actions Against EWTN/RN and

Associated Anti-Abortionists

 

 

Why is it time for such very severe measures indeed, against EWTN/RN?  The reason is because of the seriousness of its sin.  And because of its past resistance to correction. Countless past, milder, pastoral actions have been attempted to correct EWTN and associates.  But all previous efforts by the Church and others, having failed, the efforts of three Cardinals and “Our Holy Father,” Pope Benedict XV  having been ignored, finally, there is no remedy to recommend, but that the following very, very strong actions be taken against EWTN and allied organizations, by the Church itself.

 

Since EWTN’s false teaching, was widely broadcast or “taught,” in public, to millions of Catholics, it now deserves (and can only be correct by) one of the more severe penalties; just as St. James suggested for false teachers.  A particularly severe and public chastisement and punishment of EWTN/RN and associates, of other anti-abortionists, is particularly in order, in part for simple practical reasons:  since the false doctrines were broadcast repeatedly, dozens of times a day, to millions, for several years, we will need a massive, public, and dramatic, and long-lasting rebuke of EWTN/RN and associates, just to reach all of those who were deceived.  That is to say, a massively public correction, is necessary not for shaming, but for practical reasons:  a massively publicized rebuke is necessary, to reach the many millions of people who were infected; to be heard by the many millions this false movement has spread to, over the decades.

 

A giant false machine spoke to millions, and deceived them. And since many millions of people have been deceived by these false teachers, to try to reach them all, to try to counteract the exact, massive scale of the sin, it will take a similarly massively publicized, widespread effort, to reach all of those who were damaged.   One that this time, is not vague about the “one issue” that is problematic; but that makes it clear to simple persons, exactly what the problem is:   through a public, endlessly repeated,  criticism of specifically EWTN and associates, by name; by the Church.

 

To correct this massively destructive heresy, therefore, the following strong and dramatic actions against EWTN/RN and related persons,  by the Church itself, are now necessary:

 

 

Step 1

 

 

120)     # 206 The Church should publicly dramatize the problems with conservative anti-abortionism in general, to the public.  Weekly.  Perhaps for 28 years.

 

121)     # 207 The Church should clearly deal with the Bishops.  Among other things, it should tell all bishops that the anti-abortionism now common in most churches, is a heresy; ordering the Bishops to note Cardinal Mahony’s problems with EWTN/RN.  And suggesting strongly they follow Cardinal McCarrick’s noting of problems with one “issue” Catholicism.  The Church should especially note to the Bishops, the criticisms the Cardinals had of them.  Noting Cardinal Joe Ratzinger/ our current Pope Benedict XVI’s criticism, of dis “proportionate” anti-abortionism; where the Pope says explicitly that voting for pro-abortion candidates “can be permitted.”

 

122)     # 208 The Church should warn all bishops that EWTN/RN, and the school of one issue anti-abortionism, is in apostasy; is in rebellion against the Church.

 

123)     # 209 The Church, bishops, should begin commanding priests not to advocate anti-abortionism;

 

124)     # 210 The Church should begin commanding priests not to appear on the network;

 

125)     # 211 Though many of these measures have in effect already been tried, and have already failed in the past, still, the Church should once again immediately direct EWTN/RN itself, that every single show, every day, should include a prominent disclaimer; certifying that neither the opinions expressed on EWTN/RN, nor the individual show, nor the opinions of priests on the network, really fully, infallibly express  the official opinion of the Catholic Church.  These disclaimers should make it clear that the Roman Catholic Church itself in no way certifies the authority of what is said on that network, or individual show.

 

These measures however, are still rather too mild to do much however; no doubt, many of these remedies have often been more or less applied, already.  And they have been ineffective.

 

Therefore, note that the following, far stronger measures than the above, will be necessary.  Like these measures:

 

 

 

Step 2 More, Necessary Disciplinary Measures

 

 

126)     # 212 Given its centrality to the problem, and given its stubborn, obdurate, public, “scandal”ous resistance to correction, the Church should specifically, repeatedly, warn not just bishops and priests, but should also note to the public, publicly, that by name, Eternal Word Television Network, has been a major part of a great heresy.  The Church should warn the public that there have been at least three or four previous efforts against EWTN, and against “one issue” anti-abortionism, by at least three Cardinals; including our current Pope, Benedict XVI.  Then the Church should note that however, all previous, milder efforts to gently correct EWTN, have failed.  All previous efforts have failed, to stop the heresy of EWTN.

 

127)     # 213 The Church should also especially publicly rebuke specifically and by name, EWRN; Eternal Word Radio Network.

 

128)     # 214 The Church should criticize especially and by name, and publicly, the worst associates and offenders; like especially the the priest, Fr. Frank Pavone.  Pavone (often mis-presented as “Lavone”) became full-time director of  the experimental organization, Priests for Life, on Staten Island, c. 1993, with the approval of Cardinal O’Connor of NY.  But since O’Connor died, Pavone and his organization have not been effectively reviewed; while our review here finds that he and his organization, Priests for Life, are found to have been based on an unsuccessful experimental theology, an instutional experiment, that fell into heresy.  The organization’s narrow issue-advocacy focus – just on on “life issues”; then defined even more narrowly by Pavone as the lives of embryos only – have resulted in a narrow, gravely distored and false theology.  The foundation of Priests for Life was a mistake; giving a false theology a powerful office, a full-time staff.  These mistakes, combined with ties to EWTN, guaranteed the effective wordwide dissemination of the heresy of “one issue” Catholicsm.  Pavone himself is today an all-but utterly convinced heretic who will not reform; therefore the most severe rebukes must now be directed specifically, at Fr. Frank Pavone.

 

129)     # 215 Along with severely censuring Fr. Pavone, the Church should rebuke, anathematize, and dissolve Fr. Pavone’s one-issue anti-abortion organization, “Priests for Life.”  The organization, “Priests for Life,” with a current staff of 50 or so, should be immediately disbanded by the current Cardinal of NY (currently Card. Ed Egan; with the local NYC Archbishop, currently Tim Dolan).  The creation of a full-time office and organization devoted to just a single issue, has created an immensely destructive full-time engine for the production of heresy:  the heresy of right-wing, one-issue Catholicism.  (It has also been political; specifically neo-conservative, nationalist/militarist; Pavone has worked with protestant Dr. James Dobson’s right-wing “Focus on the Family” organization, etc.).

 

130)     # 216 The Church should rebuke by name, Karl Keating, and

 

131)     # 217 Johnnette Benkovic and Barb. McGuiggan;

 

132)     # 218 Sheila Liaugminas.  And

 

133)     # 219 Relevant Radio; and

 

134)     # 220 Drew Mariani.

 

 

These organizations and persons should be rebuked publicly, and by name.  For obstinate, constant and flagrant, scandalously public disobedience of the Cardinals, and of the Pope; for rebellion against the saints; for rebellion against the Church; for teaching false doctrines; and for misleading millions of people.  This chastisement must be widely publicized, not in the spirit of revenge, but simply for practical reasons:   in order to begin to undo the damage they have done to millions, it must be clear to the public, which parties are the worst offenders.  While these criticisms by the Church must be massively publicized, over the media, in order to reach the many members of the public, that have been deceived.

 

Each of the above persons and organizations, must be criticized repeatedly, in public, and by name.  For publicly defying Church authority.  And for forming what is in effect their own schismatic, Apostate Church or Cult of the Embryo; the Church of Fetus.

 

It is necessary for this to be public.  First because a) private and small scale pastoral, priestly guidance, and b) even the semi-private rebukes by Cardinals, like Mahony and McCarrick and Ratzinger, have not worked in the past.  Then too, c) a massively public effort against these entities, is now necessary, because the sin was reiterated a dozen times a day, and extremely widely broadcast, for nearly three decades; ultimately the sin reached, infected, millions – if not billions – of human beings.  All of whom must hear of this, to counteract this effect.

 

A massive public information campaign must be undertaken.  There is no remaining remedy, but that the Church should do this.  Indeed, this should be done utilizing all available media resources;  Cardinals and the Pope repeatedly, continually, directly, criticizing the network, and all associated with it, by name, over major media outlets. To correct a false major media outlet, a similarly massive program must be taken.

 

These must be very publicly criticized, for their one-issue, Pro Life, anti-abortionist doctrines. This public exposure should not be done in the spirit of vindictiveness; but just out of a sense of the need for a massive public effort, in order to counter a massively public and growing sin, after all.  It is now necessary to counter a massively-distributed, massively publicized false doctrine and obstinate rebellions against the Church, with a similar volume of very public, counter-publicity.  Nothing less will be enough.

 

To reach those most damaged, a strong, official, specific chastisement of especially, EWNT/RN and Relevant Radio, and particularly their anti-abortionism, should be read by an extremely high Church authority – like the Pope –  must be read.  Read prominently in public.  And then repeatedly, prominently, several times a day, on EWTN/RN itself.   For a period of at least one year.  If EWTN is not successfully shut down entirely (as it should be).

 

 

Step 3

Final Disciplinary Measures

Now Recommended Against EWTN and Associates

 

The above measures are now recommended.  But because of the extraordinarily obstinate, public, scandalous resistance of EWTN/RN and associates, because of their long-standing and willful and public rebellion against even three Cardinals, and “Our Holy Father” the current Pope Benedict XVI himself,  it is highly unlikely that EWTR/RN will ultimately obey, or be corrected by, any of the measures above.  So that it is now finally time for the Church to take far, far more dramatic, public action against the offending parties, than those stronger measures listed above.

 

Again, there are many good reasons for very, very strong measures.  And for them to be well publicized.  This is because  EWTN’s heresy was widely broadcast, worldwide, to the public; therefore, to reach all those who were mislead, the withdrawal and rebuke of the EWTN heresy,  must also be highly public.

 

Therefore, in addition to all the above, the following measures against EWTN/RN and associates, are now necessary:

 

135)     # 221 All previous milder remedies having failed, the Church should begin commanding specifically and by name, “Catholic Answers,” “Global Catholic Radio” (EWRN) and all of EWTN, to cease representing itself as “Catholic.”

 

136)     # 222 Especially, and most dramatically, the following measures are now, regrettably, necessary:  Church should next proceed to publicly deny communion, to key members of EWTN’s staff, and persistently antiabortionist guests.  Denying communion toSheila Liaugminas;

 

137)     # 223 Denying communion to Karl Keating;

 

138)     # 224 Denying communion to Fr. Frank Pavone;

 

139)     # 225 Denying communion to Fr. Ed Sylvia;

 

140)     # 226 Denying communion to Johnnette Benkovic & Barb McGuiggan.

 

141)     # 227 Denying communion to Drew Mariani.

 

142)     # 228 Denying communion to Barbara McGuigan

 

This is poetic but also biblical justice.  EWTN itself, often demanded excommunication for pro-abortion candidates.  So indeed, “as you judge others, so shall you be judged yourself.”

 

143)     # 229 The church should also deny communion to any priests and bishops that continue to contribute to the organization’s anti-abortionism. Including possibly Archbishop Burke of the Vatican.  And any Bishops who oversee but do not correct prominent anti-abortionists and anti-abortion organizations in their diocese.  (In the case of Karl Keating, this would happen for the Bishop of the diocese of San Diego California?  For EWTN, the headquarters is Irondale Alabama; so the bishop of Birmingham).

 

Given the public and widely broadcast nature of the sin, and the consequent fact that millions have therefore been infected, we must use a similar, very public means of widespread dissemination, to reach all those injured.  Thus, EWTN must be now corrected in public.  And the Church must begin adamantly criticizing EWTN/RN in public.  Then too, the Bible noted that there are especially severe penalties, for bad teachers, bad religious leaders.  As St. James noted:  bad teachers mislead not only themselves, but many others; therefore bad teachers, who mislead many, are to be punished more severely, than others.  And following James, we now note that the only good way to undo massive false publicity for false ideas … is to massively, publicly publicize the chastisement of it.

 

To reach all those infected by the heresy, the correction of EWTN etc.,  therefore, must be widely publicized.   Specifically, to reach the full extent of the damaged public, the Church should publicly, dramatically excommunicate, kick out of the Church, any and all of the most prominent anti-abortionists.  Including a) Karl Keating; b) Fr. Frank Pavone; c) Sheila Liaugminas; d) Johnnette Benkovic; and other talk show hosts and apologists.

 

144)     # 230 While the Church should begin suing EWTN in civil court, for misrepresenting the Church. And misusing the proprietary word “Catholic.”  In “Global Catholic Radio,” etc.. (found on its website; and implied every day).

 

145)     # 231 The Church should immediately begin assisting various agencies like the IRS, in a renewed effort to revote EWTN’s and associates’ tax-exempt, “religious” status.

 

146)     # 232 While the Church should publicly, formally charge EWTN/RN, with heresy.  And/or its associates.

 

147)     # 233 Charges of heresy should be made against:  Karl Keating;

 

148)     # 234 Charge of heresy, should be brought against  Fr. Frank Pavone and “Priests for Life”;

 

149)     # 235 Charge of heresy, against Fr. Ed Sylvia,

 

150)     # 236 Charge of heresy, against Johnnette Benkovic;

 

151)     # 237 Charge of heresy against Barbara McGuigan

 

152)     # 238 Charge of heresy against Drew Mariani;

 

153)     # 239 Charges of heresy, against Sheila Liaugminas.

 

154)     # 240 Legally, all of these are very, very public figures.  Who according to the law, can be spoken against rather freely; all of them having been very public figures, “seeking the limelight.”  Seeking the widespread publicizing, of a destructive heresy. Especially, they can be criticized in an academic, scholarly study of their works, like ours.  Which sincerely finds them to be simply, rationally, theologically wrong in what they have said.  So wrong that finally, the Church must firmly renounce and denounce them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETITION

TO THE

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH,

And to

Joe Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI

Our Own Formal

Petition to the Church,

Hereby, Made Hereby:

155)     # 241 Finally?  The sins of EWTN/RN and associated anti-abortionists having been very, very great, there is no recourse:  we hereby formally petition the Roman Catholic Church, with this very book, to begin formal action against EWTN/RN, and associated anti-abortionists.  We present this book as an anonymous open letter to the Church, and as especially, a petition to the Church, asking for it to correct this abuse.

 

 

156)     # 242 All this we ask in the name of God; in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Own Petition to the Church

157)     # 243 Members of the public who agree with our work here, are encouraged to add their name to this document, in support of its charges. And to send their signed copy, with their own introductory letter, to any appropriate individuals and agencies.

 

 

 

Your Own Petition to the Church,

Herein, Hereby

 

 

 

The sins of EWTN/RN and associated one-issue anti-abortionists, like Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life, have been very, very, very great.

 

Therefore, strong remedies are now needed.  EWTN/RN and Relevant Radio, and related organizations, have persistently, publicly, willfully misrepresented the Church and God to millions of people; to the whole earth.   They have spread a false theology, a “one-issue,” dis-“proportionate” theology, a theology condemned by Cardinals McCarrick and Ratzinger – and a false idea of God – to the whole world.  Not only was their teaching false; but it adversely determined several American elections, and the course of human events.

 

Furthermore, these organizations and individuals have ignored repeated warnings about this, from a) ordinary listeners, but also b) high Church authorities.  They have resisted repeated warnings from Cardinals, like Mahony and McCarrick of the USCCB; and warnings from finally, Cardinal Ratzinger – who is now Pope Benedict XVI.  Furthermore c) after having disobeyed Cardinals and the Pope, EWTN’s rebellion against Church authority, has persisted to this very day. And d) is very widely publicized; e) causing a public scandal.  So that finally, there is no recourse except for the Church itself to begin very, very, very severe and public actions against EWTN/RN.

 

But what can a single person do?  Or what can even many people do?  Against such an egregious infraction or heresy?  Finally, we can do, among other things, the following.

 

Finally, given countless offenses by EWTN/RN and associates, against the Church and against God and against reason, as enumerated herein, we ourselves now have no choice:  we now hereby formally petition the authorities of the Church:  the USCCB; and the Cardinals; and the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith; and the office of Social Communications; and the Pope himself, etc.  We petition these agencies to finally, take dramatic, public, effective action against EWTN/RN itself; the organization.  And also specifically and by name, against the Roman Catholic priests, Frank Pavone and Ed Sylvia.  And also against the lawyer and apologist, Karl Keating; against talk-show hosts Johnnette Benkovic; Barbara McGuigan; and against the managers of EWTN.  Et Alia. And against all “Catholic” anti-abortion organizations, and Catholic spokesmen, including  Sheila Liaugminas.

 

 

This we hereby, by this very document, petition the Church.

 

 

All this, we ask in the name of God, the Lord; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Signed)_________________________________________________ [YOUR OWN NAME and date, ADDED HERE]

 

 

 

Concerned Church authorities and members of the public, are also invited to send copies of this book, to anyone who would be interested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of the Rise of the

Conservative and Anti-Abortion Movement

 

The narrow focus of conservative, Catholic, anti-abortionist Republicanism, has caused a wide number of problems, already.  Given all these problems with anti-abortionism, people might well wonder therefore:  how did such a heretical and often even violent  sect as “Catholic” anti-abortionists, ever come into being?  Especially when real Church authority – Cardinal McCarrick and the USCCB; Cardinal Ratzinger and the Vatican; Pope Benedict XVI – all opposed its disproportionate, one–issue focus.   (And when for that matter, Cardinal Mahony finally had the founder of EWTN, Mother Angelica, removed).

 

How did this happen?  In large part, it was due to the rise of “conservative” politics.  But especially, much of this was due to the new conservative TV televangelists; like Pat Robertson.  And then “conservative” talk radio.  Which began to catch on, especially with Rush Limbaugh, around 1983.  Especially though, much of this was due to the beginning of “Catholic” talk radio.  Beginning with a “conservative” nun, Mother Angelica, founding her own Catholic radio station, c. 1981.  A single radio station that eventually became Eternal Word Television Network; an entire, self-appointed “Catholic” radio and TV network, broadcast from hundreds of radio and TV stations; and then offered as part of the standard cable and satellite package to hundreds of millions of people.

 

Mother Angelica in particular, began to speak at first sentimentally, against abortion, many, many times a day, on her radio station.  Though her listenership was never huge, it was dedicated.  So that soon, this nun was speaking on her radio and TV network, EWTN.  Thus, a radical anti-abortionism, began to grow.  And soon, conservative Republicans realized that anti-abortionism, fit into the emerging neo-“conservative,” “neo-con” movement.  So that soon enough, perhaps from the very start,  media anti-abortionism was co-opted, merged with,  the growing “conservative” talk radio and TV traditions.  So that this new “Catholic” anti-abortionism, largely from Mother Angelica, came to take more and more, the strident tone of conservative radio talk show hosts, like Rush Limbaugh.  Spreading a message which presented itself as religious, Catholic; but which however, was increasingly adulterated with political, “conservative”/Republican ideas; and with talk-show rhetoric. Spreading an increasingly radical “conservatism,” and an anti-abortionism, that became, soon enough, we will show here, a heresy; a doctrine not in line with the Church at all.

 

How and why did the Church allow a nun, to found an increasingly heretical “conservative” radio and TV network?  In part it has been due ironically, to Liberal elements in the Church.  The same liberality that did not much bother to monitor gay priests (and child molesters), also did not bother to adequately notice, the new “conservative” Catholic media.  Or the increasingly heretical messages that were being delivered by this new “conservative” nun, and her media network, in the name of the Church. The hidebound Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, neglected to adequately monitor Mother Angelica and EWTN/RN. And to fully see the dangerous side, the increasing, unmonitored influence and power, of even “Catholic” Radio, Film, TV, and Internet.  Since 1963, the post Vatican II Church was allowing many new experiments.  And after allowing many “liberal” voices, it apparently thought nothing of liberally allowing some “conservative” voices too.  But we begin to see here that both these two different experiments – “liberal” and “conservative” – lead to problems.  Here, we are noting first of all, problems with “conservative” Catholicism.  Noting ultimately, huge doctrinal errors, and even open defiance of real Catholic authority.  Even by a “conservative” and self-proclaimed “Catholic” anti-abortionism.

 

One would think that a “conservative” Catholicism would not violate basic tenets of the Church.  And that it would conservatively, obey Church authorities. And yet we will find, conservative anti-abortionism did that.  And furthermore, once it did, as we will also show here, the Church was totally unprepared to combat this; not even at the level of argumentation, persuasion.

 

The failure of the Church to really meet and best the rhetoric of talk radio shows in some ways, is surprising.  In the past, major religious organizations, like the Church, have been the supreme masters, at controlling public discourse.  The Church in effect, was a massive message-delivery and control system.  Even a) before the telegraph and mass-communications media, the Church first of all, had hundreds, thousands of individual priests and churches, that personally delivered its own message, to the whole world, in homilies, every Sunday and more. The Church, 2,000 years ago, had a massive media organization in effect; lecturing hundreds of millions, every week; it established a church in every major village, and often required everyone to show up once a week – Sundays – to hear whatever message the Church chose to proclaim. So the church was haranguing, addressing hundreds of millions of people a week; well before the invention of mass communications, it was address the masses, in the “Mass.”

 

The Church, furthermore, not only had a massive message distribution network, b) in its thousands of churches and weekly assemblies worldwide; it also monitored and regulated the defense and consistency of that message.  It had many monasteries, seminaries and other schools; all to make reasonably sure the message delivered was consistent, standardized, doctrinally correct.

 

The Church therefore (in part as heir of the Roman Empire), had been the first, supreme master of getting out a standardized message worldwide, and maintaining its consistency.  It was able to monitor its message, and weed out deviations – which it termed heresies – for two thousand years.  But amazingly, c) as overwhelmingly successful as the Church has been in regulating and maintaining its message for nearly two thousand years, the Church did not notice, or failed to effectively deal with,  the new, rival mass media.  First, just the advent of print media, after Gutenberg in the 15th century, the distribution of Bibles in vernacular languages, partially caused the partial collapse or split of the Church, in the Protestant Reformation.  As people began to get their sense of God more from a book, as much as regulated verbal church services; and began to develop different, more individual understandings of the Bible and God.   But d) our main, newer subject here:  in particular, just in the last decade or two, it did not adequately see, the new rhetorical, argumentative power, of full-time radio talk shows.  And special interest groups.

 

As it turns out, though the Church often spoke of the new media early on, it did not really look enough at the new media, from 1980-2008; it particularly did not look closely enough at talk radio and “Catholic” TV; or at what was being said in its own name.  So that the Church did not really adequately notice, that what presented itself as the major Catholic voice in America – EWTN/RN – was saying things that were not quite in line with the full outline of Church teaching.   Conservatives followed parts of what some bishops were saying; but they chose to ignore and disobey, other parts.

 

Here we will have begun showing that EWTN/RN’s core, endlessly-repeated radical anti-abortion message, was in fact, not consistent with what fuller Church tradition had said.  But the Church never noticed that.  Or indeed, many priests and bishops were simply taken in by the argumentation skills of EWTN; priests and bishops began to follow … EWTN.

 

Eternal Word Televions Network,  was not “just” probably the largest “Catholic” media network in the world, covering essentially the whole earth:  it was also linked to a whole new, 24/7 right wing conservative network; a massive rhetoric/propoganda machine. EWTN/RN was merely one aspect of a whole new new type of adovacy/propogranda network. Though to be sure, it was perhaps one of its own most effective arms:  EWTN in itself, claimed to reach more than a hundred million households, as a standard part of most TV cable packages. It was also broadcast on dozens, perhaps hundreds of radio stations; including shortwave.  And it was streamed to millions, potentially, on the internet.  And it was ten times more effective than its size would indicate.  Because it was presented as the word of the Church; the Word of God.   (While furthermore, it only needed to sway about 2-19% of the population, to determine one election after another).

 

EWTN/EWRN, was not only effective, in that it was unusually large for a Catholic media outlet, reaching eventually hundreds of millions, billions of people; they were also extremely effective, because they were staffed with a new breed of professional rhetoricians, talkers:  talk show hosts and guests.  Who were far, far more persuasive than anyone would have thought.  Persuasive enough, that EWTN apologists and rhetoricians and lawyers like Karl Keating, attny., were able to convince many priests – and ultimately the Church itself – that their own position on abortion, especially, was correct.

 

Indeed finally, the conservative machine, including EWTN/RN, were so convincing, even in their rather elementary and distorted, fetishistic theology, that in the end, far from correcting the new media, in the end, priests and then the Church itself began to simply follow it.  Priests and then Bishops, began to follow the new “talking idol” especially, of  evangelical radio, and televangelist TV.  In Protestantism, many had long ago begun to believe and follow not the Bible or God, but Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network. And though Catholicism resisted this for a while – due to its greater emphasis on a centrally controlled message from the Vatican – finally, under public pressure for a Catholic equivalent of Pat Robertsom, and thanks to the efforts of a radical California nun (Mother Angelica), a new “Catholic” Eternal Word Television Network eventually appeared.  And it managed to fool many into believing in it.  Rather than following the Bible, or following God, by 1980 or so, dozens of (often illiterate) Catholics were calling in to EWTN talk shows, thanking EWTN for presenting the “real” Church.  Even after a cardinal – Cardinal Mahony – got into, in effect, a semi-public shouting match with EWTN founder Mother Angelica, and even after the Cardinal apparently complained to the Vatican about her and/or EWTN,  still, the Church did not really wake up.  [Or indeed, by about 2007, after constantly egging bishops on, EWTN had begun to convince even bishops, that the new, experimental, radical reproductive theology seen in elements of Paul VI (Humanae Vitae, 1968), and John Paul II, should be fully and dramatically acted on – and even accentuated.  Specifically, the opposition to abortion, should be the “one issue” that, many were convinced, should dominate all of Catholicism.  By 1997/2000 indeed, anti-abortionists had managed to put their message partially, into the Catechism itself.  And by c. 2007 ff., bishops like Burke and Chaput were taking up the new and radical anti-abortionism, as if it should indeed be the central tenet of Catholicism.  Many were lulled by specious arguments, that anti-abortionism was “conservative”; that it was always the major element of Catholic tradition.  Or the one issue that should determine our vote.]

 

So how did the false doctrine of antiabortionism come to dominate America; and through America, the world?  The major reason for the development and spread of the Pro Life heresy, has been the Church’s neglect of full effective oversight of especially, the new “Catholic” media, like especially, EWTN/RN.  In part out of a commendable but misdirected desire to modernize, in the wake of Vatican II, a Church which had in the past, had historically, rigorously appointed whole committees, convened dozens of international “councils” like the Council of Nicaea, etc. the church that in the past had taken centuries to define doctrines, the Church that used to examine every single dot and tittle of what priests are allowed to say, in the liturgy … now suddenly allowed, almost without any supervision at all, any untitled media talk show host or ordinary nun, to spout his or her political opinions as the word of the Church; as the word of God. All without any effective restraint or oversight, by the Church itself.  That was how any number of massive heresies, were allowed to spread.

 

But now it is time to stop this.  Perhaps the Church has thought vaguely, that it is already exercising some control over self-proclaimed Catholic outlets like EWTN.  But in point of fact, we will show, EWTN is not an official part of the Church; it is a private, probably nonprofit organization run by “lay” persons … who simply deliver their own ideas of what the Church says.  Or what they think the Church should say. EWTN is not the official voice of the Church at all.  While it is almost impossible for the Church to control such lay Catholic organizations, anywhere near as closely as the Church controls priests, and the liturgy.  Lay organizations are just not as closely tied to Church laws and rules, as are priests. Nor, in spite of their own protestations, is most of their staff really as fully dedicated, trained, and as obedient, as priests.  Even those priests who appear on and off, on EWTN/RN, are often not as closely regulated as other priests (cf. Fr. Corapi; and the scandal of c. 2010/11).   In any case, those priests that appeared on the network, were eventually seduced by the power and prestige of the media, and the rhetorical ability of lawyers like Karl Keating.  So that even priests eventually begin to simply, dutifully follow and repeat, the new messages created by the network.  To adopt the heretical messages, of the media network hosts. Priests taking the network as authoritative.

 

In particular, we will show, EWTN network was able to convince many lay persons, and even priests and bishops, thanks to the new type of talk show, talk machine:  a huge extended staff or resource list, of a hundred guest speakers, and the related resources of the “conservative” – formerly, “Christian” – “coalition.”  All coordinated by the rhetorical/sophistical skill, of its “apologists” and talk show hosts, and their deceptive, false “debate” format.  Which form, in effect, a new type of message-delivery machine.  One that we will show, was able to overwhelming, outclass, everything in its path; including the outdated message delivery system of the Church itself.  EWTN and the conservative coalition, with its mechanized propogranda divisions, was able to simply go around the Church, the way Hitler’s new fascist mechanized army, was able to simply go around the massive medieval fortifications of France’s Maginot Line, in 1940.

 

To be sure, the new conservatism was rooted in part in working-class grassroots sentiments.  There have always been ordinary working individuals, people who work with their hands at practical jobs, that despise intellectuals and so forth; who want and need simple working formulas, to get through life.   And these native conservatives, were attracted to simple messages.  And anti-abortionism was simple enough: there was just one issue in all of life, to think about.

 

Grassroots desire for a simple theology, therefore, were already there.  And they were easily exploited, capitalized upon, by the new massive media machines.  Particularly in the permissive climate after Vatican II, c. 1963; after that date, any number of new voices were allowed into the Church; especially, by 1968, Humanae Vitae came:  an enclyclical that was just modern/trendy enough, to speak about … sex.  And reproduction.  And?  Abortion.  In this moment, the Church was just modern enough to speak about these things in public, at last; but not modern enough to really deal effectively or correctly with them.  (John Paul II, became the biggest thing in his native Poland … by authoring the first widely accepted book on sex, there).  But finally, how much did chaste priests really know about sex?  (Or if they seemed to know something … then how chaste were they?).

 

After thousands of years of extreme guardedness on the subject of sex, the Church however, did not hestitate to begin rashly pontificating on sex, c. 1963-8.  Perhaps it hoped that its daring new entry, would be restrained, by at least a “conservative” approach to the subject.  And yet however, the subject was just too new, for even “conservative” ideas to work well, we are finding here and now.  The Church’s first forays into once-forbidden subjects, into the matter of sexuality, sperms, embryos, reproduction, are still relatively new and experiemental – relative to a Church that usually takes hundreds of years to fix dogmas.  And?  New and experiemental as say Humae Vita was, we should not be surprised that we are beginning to see here and now, they made many mistakes.  Especially, the insistence that human life begins “at conception” – meaning presumably, the moment the sperm fertiles the egg? – was a rush order; a radical new idea, that should never have been presented as firm dogma.  Though alleged conservatives were happy to take it as the organizing principle of their lives, right away.

 

The whole of religion was in flux for a moment, during Vatican II; and in that moment, a new doctrine appeared, that conservatives soon seized on.  There had always been a common distaste for abortion.  And?  There had always been a working-class disdain, of things of the mind, or spirit.  And a definition of humanity, that focused just on the “body,” our physical DNA, was just the ticket.  To be sure, conservatives were slow about bringing in the anti-abortion issue.  But thanks to the tireless efforts of a mono-manical nun, focussed obsessively just on the single issue of the embryo, by about 1979 or so, anti-abortionism was a significant part of the new, Neo Conservative movement.  That elected Ronald Reagan president late that year.    And to be sure, this issue had some liberal crossover appeal too: indeed, many priests like Frank Pavone, are probably in part coming to anti-abortionism from a liberal perspective:  from the idea of extending the protection of “minorities,” to  embryos.  Indeed, many arguments are made by Pavone and others, that denying human status to the embryo, is the very same mistake as denying human status to other races.  (Though what then would Pavone say, to a young girl who insists that her Barbie doll is human?  The fact is, we all every day, determine that this or that entity is not a human person; we say our cat is not human, our dog, our kitchen table.  The fact is that we all draw the line somewhere. So?  It is doubly important not to be arbitrary here, but to be more cognizant about what it is, finally, that makes us human.  And finally?  It is not so much our body, as our brain, our mind, our intelligence).

 

The average working-class person, who makes physical goods and services for a living however, does not think much about intellectual things, the Life of the Mind.  And if he or she has been trained to respect the “soul,” he or she may not have a very clear idea of what that soul is.   And so?  There was always a native sentiment around, that didn’t know much about the mind; and was sentimentally willing to say that if a lump of cells had human physical DNA in it, that was fully enough to make it a full human.  Especially, working-class mothers were seemingly instinctually attached to their embryos.  Never minding that the embryo did not yet have much of a mind.

 

There were many different native sentiments out there, therefore, that opposed abortion.  And the whole subject of sexuality was newly in flux.  So that those sentiments were easily, quickly diverted, into whatever channels someone might choose.  And by 1979-83, the common prejudice against intellectual things and the mind, combined with simple motherly sentiments, in the heart, about embryos – was all finally incorporated, coopted, into the conservative agenda.  Which, since about 1981-83, was no longer required by the Federal Communications Commission, the Fairness Doctrine, to give “equal time” to other points of view, other issues, than its own.

 

By 1993, thanks to the relaxing of federal requirements of objectivity on the air, there was developing a new type of full-time rhetoric machine out there; one that felt no real compulsion to really offer a full and fair debate, on debatable issues.  There was a new format, that appeared to allow callers to call in to radio stations, in debates:  but all the while, the finger of the talk show host was on the “off” or “dump” button; any opposing view that was becoming too effective … could simply be cut off.  The new format gave the appearance of debate; but the debate was rigged.  Finally, there was only “one issue” allowed to really get the last word:  the issue, the point of view, of the conservative talk show host.

 

Starting around 1983,  talk show hosts, like Rush Limbaugh, began to take over the increasingly less marketable medium, of AM and FM radio.  And, based in part around native sentiments – and then the interlocking semi-intellectual resources of various “conservative” think-tanks and advocacy organizations (which Hillary Clinton was to call the “right wing conspiracy”) –  soon enough, one-issue, one point of view politics – and finally, theologies – were being presented as if they were the only true voice from God.Pat Robertson had already perfected it, with what was called the “Christian” and later “Conservative” “Coalition,” offered on what became known as CBN; Pat’s “Christian Broadcast Network.”  And by 1973-9, some Catholics were asking for a Catholic equivalent.  Which they got, all too soon.  With EWNT/RN.

 

The Church therefore, c. 1932-2008, from the Fascist era to the American Neo Cons, was confronting a new type of political philosophy – neo-conservatism.  And?  It was confronting generally, a new type of media, argumentation/propaganda machine. Which was operating not only in the service of at first, Liberalism, but by 1983, had been partially taken up by conservatives as well.  And finally?  Against particularly, the neo-conservative media machine, the Church has not been very effective.  No doubt, it was drawn into the subject of sexuality rather quickly, by liberals; but its efforts to counterbalance that in (Vatican II) committees, with some kind of “conservatism,” have all the earmarks of something decided in commmittee:  it is a product of endless compromises, with no unified coherent core or vision or core truth in it.  Finally it was vulerable to being manipulated by interested parties … including not only Liberals, but also conservatives.  And particularly, conservatives were able to take the parts of doctrine they like, and run with them. Fooling the Church, under the guise of the “conservative” label.

 

Here we are at last noting that particularly, conservative, Pro Life anti-abortionism, was never really as conservative or religious as it claimed.  Its anti-intellectualism, its attack on the spirit or soul, was merely working-class  anti-intellectualism at best; and it was in direct opposition to the major theologians and saints of the church:  Augustine and Aquinas.  But when the forces of native sentimental attachment to the embryo, combined with native anti-intellectualism, and were melded to the massive media capabilities of the new propogranda machines?  In no time … conservative anti-aboritionism was widely accepted, as the core message of the Church. Indeed, by about 2005-7, it was even partially accepted/coopted, by some of the more ambitious American bishops; Burke and Chaput.  Who saw in it a way to appear “conservative,” for the Vatican; while gaining grassroots support.  So that?  By about 2010, anti-abortionism was … taking over the American church. At least, so far as lip service was concerned.  Dozens of American bishops being eager to cater to this popular sentiment.

 

Is it possible?  Can even the Church itself, be finally, simply outflanked, and now simply overrun? For many years, priests – and finally even some Bishops – began to appear on EWTN for example.  And there … they were educated and egged on,  to adopt EWTN’s radical conservative agenda.  While for many reasons  – in part, thanks to the general votility of all religious ideas after Vatican II – many felt all too free, to adopt the network’s monomanical views.  Including especially, Bishop Burke.  Who was often quoted by the network – and who apparently appeared on it a few times.  (Along with to be sure, Card. Joe Ratzinger, c. 2003-4).   The apparently ambitious Burke (who completed not one, but two or three doctoral degress?), was all too eager to appear to support or address, wide segments of the population of ordinary people and priests; to garmer some would say, a wide support base. Or at least, a conservative base.   And though Burke was for some time, not that influential in the Church,  by around 2008 or so, finally EWTN protégé Bishop Burke, was appointed as Archbishop, to head a major Vatican court.   And once Burke was appointed to the Vatican, suddenly anti-abortionism began to really begin to gain momentum and weight, in the Church itself.  Around Oct. 5, 2009, the rebellious anti-abortionist nun, Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, who had previously been chastised by Cardinal Mahoney … was actually given an award, by the Church.  While in Oct./Nov.  2009, it was reported that a local bishop (Tobin) had earlier (c. 2007) criticized US Rep. Patrick Kennedy (Dem. R.I), for daring to suggest that Democratic issues – like eventually passing a Health Care act to help the poor and the sick – was more important than supporting anti-abortionism.   So that?  By 2008-11, major elements of the Church are beginning to become “conservative”; and to take an increasingly firm stand against the liberal, Democratic Party in America.  In support of the conservative/Republican party.  And its one issue, of abortion.  Over and above, Democratic issues, the “social gospel”:  like helping the poor (Social Security etc.), the sick (Medicare, ), the oppressed (1964 Civil Rights legislation), and saving the environment.  Though once major Cardinals – like Cardinal McCarrick and Cardinal Ratzinger/ Pope Benedict XVI had begun to note problems and sins in dis-“proportionate,” “one issue” Catholicism, by 2009-11 it appeared that the momentum was firmly on the side of antiabortionism.

 

In 2009, it was safe to say that not only had the more intellectual/spiritual elements of Roman Church, failed to stop the new conservatism of Roman/Italian fascism; they had also failed to stop EWTN and its one-issue conservative heresy. While in fact, increasingly, the “conservative” heresies of EWTN/RN have been simply … backwashing into, flooding, the Church itself.  Today, there is strong evidence that the Catholic Church is simply giving in to the new rhetoric machines of conservative/right wing politics.  Backing the conservative, Republican Party in America.  And indeed, unless very firm action is taken on this matter, a destructive “conservative” heresy soon will be taking over, the Church itself.  Already the anti-abortion heresy has taken over EWTN, and many individual churches.  Which are so centered on anti-abortionism, on the fetus, that they might be called a new schismatic branch of the Church, a new cult; forming a new, if heretical entity.  Forming what some might call the “Apostate Church of the Embryo.”  Since the new Church now worships in effect, a new entity:  Fetus, the Embryo.  Even over and above the Trinity, we will show. (“There are many things to talk about – but let’s start by tying in Lent with Pro Life” issues, says Teresa Tomio, in introduction, during Lent, to Fr. Frank Pavone, anti-abortion sect leader, 8:37 AM, 2/17/10 EWTN.  In Fr. Frank Pavone’s new heretical sect of Antiabortionism, everything is linked to, and subordinate to, the new holy entity, the Fetus.  There are many issues to talk about in the church, but before God and the Holy Spirit, in the new church of anti-abortionism, drowning out Lent itself, comes Fr. Frank Pavone, and his holy fetus.  Priestsforlife.org).

 

What has this inordinate focus on the embryo, the single issue of abortion, done to the Church?  A random example of the new Church’s pronouncements – and its new god:  during the Christmas season in 2009, an ad on Relevant Radio, assured us that this time of year, we reflect on God’s graces; while “at Majilla society [an anti-abortion organization] the greatest grace is the thousands of lives saved from abortions.” In this new Church, the “greatest grace” of God, is not, say, saving the lives of a billions adults, from sin.  Instead, in the new church, saving embryos is the “greatest grace” of God.  That and not say, the coming of Jesus Christ. (Majella Society ad, aired on the Drew Mariani Show, Relevant Radio network, AM radio 970 KHz., 3:37 PM Central Time, Dec. 14, 2009).

 

In the new embryo cult, the new religion of Holy Fetus, it is the embryo that is our new god; and his Grace and nature, is very, very significantly different from the old God and Jesus.  Here, Jesus comes not to save all of mankind; rather, his “greatest grace,” his greatest accomplishment, is to save the embryo. This is a very, very, very different Jesus than the one mentioned in the Bible.  The Jesus in the Bible, talked mostly about things, other than embryos. While indeed, God himself orders a priest to perform an act that would be in effect, an abortion and even sterilization, in Num. 5..   But that God is not found in this brave new Church. .  As we will see here, in many occasional examples from say, Relevant Radio, there the embryo, the fetus, is the very center of God’s concerns.  The embryo is mentioned dozens of times a day; often for a half hour at a time, on networks like Relevant Radio, and EWTN.  The embryo is mentioned far more often than the Trinity, per se.  While God’s grace is centered not on all of mankind, but on the embryo.  To the extent that in effect, finally, we really don’t have the biblical or traditional Catholic Church at all any more:  in Relevant Radio and EWTN, we have in effect, the new Apostate Church of Fetus.  And/or the Church of the Holy Anti-Liberal Republican God.  Following Pat Robertson; Protestant televangelist – and 1988 Republican Party presidential candidate.

 

Today EWRN itself has already – long since, from the days of Mother Angelica – become a splinter sect or cult.  From the start perhaps, it was the cult of …. the embryo.  It has long been in effect, a new lay church; one that is very, very different from the Catholic Church of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary.  In this strangely narrow, obsessive world, anti-abortionism, and the holiness of the Embryo, is the main, distinctive message. In the new “Catholic” networks like EWTN and Relevant Radio, abortion and the embryo, are now mentioned at least a dozen times a day; and often discussed for an hour or more.  Indeed, in place of the old liturgy and homily, there are dozens of regular speakers on the network, whose main message, is anti-abortionism.  Today, anti-abortion speakers like Karl Keating and Sheila Liuagminas, Johnnette Benkovic, and others, replace our old-fashioned priests.  While they mention their new God, the embryo, far, far more often – a hundred times more often – than say, “the Trinity.”  So that in effect, a new heretical, schismatic church has been formed, at EWTN/RN and Relevant Radio:  the Apostate Church of the Holy Embryo, we call it here.  In which the embryo, not God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, it the main subject.

 

But if it originated as a minor cult within Catholicism, the cult of antiabortionism elected countless Republican candidates, c. 1980-2008.  In that era, it dominated America.  And through America, it has long since dominated/leveraged, the entire world.  With its false doctrines; its talking idols; its new apologists/false priests, false prophets.

 

So how can we today prevent the neo-con, anti-abortion heresy, the Republican worship of the supreme fetus, from any longer infecting and dominating the Catholic Church, and the world?  In part, we can do this by paying closer attention, to the Bible itself; and to the real Catholic Tradition.  To the Bible.  And even the saints.  Like Augustine and Aquinas.

 

But also, we can begin to fix all this … by taking a much closer, more critical look, at “conservative” talk radio and TV.  Specifically, it is time to direct the Church to take a far, far more critical look, at Eternal Word Television Network; and particularly its radio branch, Eternal Word Radio Network.   Indeed, it is time for the Church to take a very, very close look at EWTN/RN and its associates.  And then to take very, very, very firm corrective measures against them.

 

 

 

Bad New Media Institutions – and

Poor Institutional Oversight by

The Roman Catholic Church

 

There is a new breed of false priests out there.  Conservative Catholic talk-show hosts and guests like Drew Mariani and Karl Keating, Fr. Frank Pavone, and Sheila Liaugminas, on EWTN and Relevant Radio, have assured us constantly, daily, implicitly, that they speak for the Church itself.  And how do the give this impression?  They do it, by constantly quoting from parts of the Church, and parts of Catholic doctrine.  To back their statements on air.  And millions of listeners follow these Catholic talk show hosts, as if they were the authentic, official voice of the Church, the Pope.  But most listeners don’t know this about EWTN:  most talk show hosts on Catholic radio, like Karl Keating or Drew Mariani, are not currently, priests.  And in fact, these talk show hosts have no official status in the Church at all; they are only private, “lay” persons.  Who are merely offering their own personal opinion on what the Church says … or what they think it should say.  They quote constantly from the Church, to give the impression that they speak for the Church; but as we will see, that impression is highly misleading; most talk show hosts and guests in religious media, are really pushing, backing, a political party or personal philosophy; and only quote the misleading parts of Church doctrine that support them.  While they do not quote the other parts; the parts that do not support them.

 

Religious talk show hosts on EWTN/RN, typically deliver the occasional quote from the Bible, or from a bishop, that supports their anti-abortionism.  But our radio hosts lie; by only telling a misleading part of the story.  The fact is, the Bible, theology, doctrine, are difficult subjects; typically the lord speaks in phrases that can have more than one meaning. While conservatives read and follow, only the simpler meaning.  And fail to hear the other side of, the other voices in, the text.  Even conservative hosts, are typically people without much education or knowledge about theology (as Cardinal Mahony hinted), and/or techniques of reading.  And therefore the typical hosts, do not read their Bibles or church doctrines well enough.

 

Conservative talk show hosts therefore, ultimately give listeners a vastly oversimplified, one-sided version of what the Church more fully says.  In cases where conservative hosts are fairly educated people – when they are lawyers,  say – they either a) simply ignore the other voices in the Bible and in church doctrines.  Or they b) simply bend – or in Biblical language, “twist” – what the Church says, to what they themselves or their listeners, want to believe.  While, c) since the microphone and the media network is in their control, there is no one that can counter them effectively; any caller who calls in to object, is fairly quickly cut off the air.  While the host and his guest, have all the air time they want; a thousand times more air time, to sell their version of the Church, of “The Truth.”  With no one to contradict them, or rein them in.

 

For some time, then, we have heard only one side of the issues; only one side of the story of abortion for example, on the air; on networks like EWTN.  But now it is time to ask:  what does the “fuller” picture of the Church reveal?  To be sure, ancient authority, in the Catholic Church, often seemed to say that abortion is rather wrong.  But the Church seems to have stopped short of saying that the embryo was a full human being.  Both St.  Augustine and St. Aquinas – who are not only two saints, but also the two classic theologians of the Church (especially Aquinas) –  said that the very young embryo does not have a human spirit or a soul.  While more recently, the Church has confirmed this impression in yet another way; suggesting that no “one issue” like abortion, should be all that important to us.  The Cardinals telling in pronouncements like the 2004 memo from the Pope, Joe Ratzinger, that we should never vote just on the basis of just “one issue,” like abortion.

 

The fact is that the “Holy Father,” Pope Benedict XVI, as well as many other church officials, have long spoken against narrow Catholicism, and specifically a too-narrow focus on abortion.  But the statements of the Pope and others, are almost never mentioned by EWTN/RN on the air; so listeners are unaware of them.  Or those remarks are “twist”ed, by EWTN/RN, Relevant Radio, and associated hosts and guests.  (See our example of Liaugminas, reading only parts of the 2004 memo).

 

But here and now, at last, in our present book, we intend to reveal the other side of the argument, the other side of what the Bible and Church really, more fully said.  Specifically, we intend to reveal the strong opposition to the Pro Life position, to anti-abortionism.  In 1) the Bible; and 2) by the real authority of the Church – Popes and 4) Cardinals; and 4) by the Saints, like Augustine and 6) Aquinas.  And to that we will add 7) the practical, prudent contemporary observation, that  just a look at the practical consequences, of anti-abortionism, show that as a practical matter, this narrow focus on just one issue in life, has physically disastrous consequences.  As it turns out, there are real, physically fatal conclusions, to the narrow focus of this new heretical theology; as millions die from neglect of other issues, like unnecessary wars, lack of health care, environmental disasters, and so forth.

 

As it turns out, there are many sins and disasters, in the narrow, “conservative” Christianity taught in religious media.  Still, until today, those disasters have not been adequately noticed; talk radio has not allowed a true debate on those issues.  So that a radical anti-abortionism had continued to utterly dominate a certain segment of the population.  To the point that it has been able to elect “conservative” candidates in America almost at will.  Particularly, the small but decisive anti-abortion vote, was the very backbone of the “conservative” movement; and it was largely responsible for the election of countless “conservative”/patriotic (jingoistic?) Republicans, like Ronald Reagan in 1980-88, George Bush I 1988-92; a Republican Congress c. 1980-1992-2000; electing and George Bush II 2000-2008.  The conservative vote, which occupied about 19% of the population – went to the Republican Party overwhelmingly; and elected countless Republicans to office.  Even when America had a Democratic president – Bill Clinton, 1992-2000 – the congress was mostly Republican.  And the problem was that  Republicans were very strongly pro-military, and did not want to  “tolerate” dissidents, or love our enemies. When elected, they immediately set a bellicose, war-like tone; Reagan threatening Iran, and so froth.  While Republicans were “good” on the one issue of abortion some said, they were not so good on other issues.  Even core Christian issues.  Like avoiding unnecessary wars.  Or eventually, helping the poor and the sick, with universal health care (2009-10).

 

Recently to be sure, the officially anti-abortion party, the Republican Party, lost the presidential election of 2008.  To a Democrat, Barack Obama,. Who in 2009 promised an attempt at finally taking care of other issues … like Health Care.  Still, one-issue anti-abortionism today, remains undiminished in some circles.  On religious talk radio, the impression remains with millions of listeners, voters, that the Church and God himself, firmly command us to vote for anti-abortion candidates in every election; that in effect, God is ordering us to vote Republican. In every election.

 

This hidden, heretical message – that the Church and God were ordering us to vote for the Republican candidate in every election – has long dominated America.  For nearly 30 years, the conservative anti-abortion vote has very effectively thrown the balance to the conservative Party, the Republican Party, in one election after another, from around  1980 to 2008.  Republican candidates constantly claimed to support its one-issue anti-abortionism.  And so they got many votesBut it is time to note that, from a Christian point of view, these conservative, alleged Christians, were extremely weak on – or even opposed to – other important issues.  Like “loving your enemy,” and avoiding wars.  Or like helping the poor and the sick.  Issues that were, to be sure, supported by Democrats.  But Democrats and their social justice issues, were ignored; indeed, the whole side of the Bible that talked about helping the sick and the poor, were dropped; all in favor of the single, one issue, of abortion.  That cared little for these other issues, at all.  Due to the efforts of religious conservative shows, voters thought that God himself was telling them, that abortion was all He cared about.  (As we find especially in our sections on Karl Keating; one of the main authors of that point of view).  Even though several saints, cardinals, and the Pope, eventually spoke against that.

 

Finally though, we are about to reveal here the side of the story – and indeed, the side of the Bible, the Church, and of God – that “conservative” religious networks left out.  The fact is, many millions of people have been “deceived,” by conservative networks like EWTN/RN.  By its false, narrow idea of the Church, and of God.

 

But how did it happen?  if the Bible itself, and the real authority of the Church, did not support anti-abortionism, you would think that someone would have realized this, and stopped it long ago. So how was it that so many people were deceived?  How was it that Catholicism and America and the world, came to be dominated by what can be shown to be a narrow, false theology?  The problem was not “mainstream media”; the main problem was conservative, religious media.  The problem, we will see, was that the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy exercised inadequate oversight, of the new “Catholic” and other religious media networks.   Specifically, the Church failed to adequately monitor and control, especially, various self-appointed “Catholic” organizations – like EWTN; Eternal Word Television Network.  And related guests and associates:  like especially, Karl Keating, and his regular show, “Catholic Answers Live.” Along with Fr. Frank Pavone, and his narrow, even mono-maniacal, fixated organization, “Priests for Life.”  In particular, it is amazing that the Church to this day allows, ignores, Fr. Frank Pavone; whose organization Priests for Life, is centered on precisely the one-issue theology that so many cardinals have condemned.  Whose organization is dedicated overwhelmingly, to anti-abortionism; to one issue.

 

How and why did the Church ignore all this?  And what was the root of their problem?  Basically, the problem was that especially these new organizations like EWTN and Priests for Life, intermingled, indistinguishably, priests, a bits of religious doctrine, with non priests; with “lay,” conservative talk show hosts and guests.  It was that potentially unholy, at-first confused mixture, that caused a massive corruption of true Catholic doctrines and message.

 

But who was at fault?  The unholy mixture of religion, with politics, would never have happened – if the Church had been more diligent. If the Church had taken far more care with monitoring, overseeing the new, self-appointed “Catholic” radio and TV network that had begun to appeared, with Mother Angelica, in 1981.  The Church failed to notice that this was a new type of religious organization; one that a) was run not by a priest or bishop, but by a mere nun.  And b) that increasingly allowed more and more secular, political persons, to mix in their own political philosophies, with Catholic doctrine.

 

That we will see, has been the root of the error. The Church did not manage the new Catholic network adequately; and particularly, it failed to notice the problems that would come, when rebellious priests – and worse, religiously simplistic talk show hosts – presumed to speak for the Church.  When the Church allowed that, the disaster began.  That was largely what allowed persons with political opinions, to intermix their message with the Church.  Which in this case, resulted in their false, political, “conservative,” one-issue Catholicism, to be disseminated worldwide, in the name of the Church and of God.  (How rebellious are even priests, like Fr. John Corapi?  Listen to John Corapi’s recorded episodes. Like the one where this priest says “Far be it for me to criticize the bishops.  But that being said, let me go on to criticize them” 10:45 PM; in the end of this episode, Corapi goes on to oppose a bishop apparently; a Bishop who opposed Pro Life, anti-abortion Catholicism (11:55 PM). (John Corapi, “The Blood That Saves,” from his series “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ”; played 11:00 – 12:00 on the network Relevant Radio, AM 970, Jan 4, 2010.)

 

The Church, somewhere between its own “conservative” dogmatic slumbers, or in the midst of “liberal” reforms, did not bother to adequately notice or monitor, the new media forms, the new networks. The Church did not bother to adequately monitor their message. So that the Church that had once, historically, convened dozens of councils, the Church that had fought whole, actual wars over a word or two of the liturgy … now suddenly allowed whole unmonitored volumes, millions of words, to be spoken over the airways, in its name, as sacred.  All without supervision, or censure.

 

Possibly the Church thought the presence of nuns and priests, on the network, would control and monitor the message, the theology presented there.  And yet we will see, as Cardinal Mahony was to hint, the priests and nuns on EWTN, were not adequately trained in the media, or in the new issues. So that whatever priests and nuns there were on the network, were soon simply … taken over, overrun, by the secular talk show hosts and guests, and their radical political opinions.  In particular, the new talk show hosts were especially effective, because they were able to present just enough fragments of what the Bible said, and the Church said, to convince themselves and others – to convince even priests – that the Church was backing the new “conservative” theology.

 

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The problems is, there has been a hugely popular radio/TV network, broadcasting its own false theology, its own biased opinions of the Church, as doctrine, dogma, absolute truth.  And it managed to make this claim stick, due to the presence of nuns and priests on some shows.  But the fact is, that the network was never fully in the control or priests; and its message has never been adequately monitored or controlled, by higher and wiser authority in the Church.

 

And believers were taken in by the new network.  Believers were long used to the Church carefully overseeing whatever words are issued in the Church’s name.  In the normal Church service, any words that are issued in the name of the Church and God, are extremely closely monitored and regulated, by Catholic authority.  Especially, the words we hear in the liturgy for, example, have been gone over by one council after another, for thousands of years of critical scrutiny.  So that listeners have come to trust and believe, any words issued by “Catholic” authority.  But what happened, c. 1980, was the rise of new media outlets, like cable TV and later, Internet.  And the explosion of conservative talk radio.  These new media outlets allowed many self-proclaimed “Catholic” individuals and organizations, to appear.  But the problem was, that there was no real, direct Church control over these “Catholic” outfits.  They were able to start offering their mixed religious/secular opinions, their causal thoughts, as the word of the Church and of God.  All without the Church really monitoring or ending their message.

 

Until recently, historically, all words broadly issued as the word of the Church and of God, were very, very carefully controlled.  What the Church believed, was a) carefully defined, refined, by countess councils, over thousands of years.  And b) was disseminated directly from Church authorities; in Catholicism, from Rome and the Pope.  Then it was delivered to us c) usually from very, very carefully defined liturgies; the words said in Church very day having been gone over word for word by generations of priests and authorities, before approval.  Thus there were at least two major controlling agencies, between the Church and us; controlling the message we heard.  It was only after these two agencies, that finally d) these combed-over words were delivered to the people, in turn … but only by well-trained priests.  Priests who had been to seminary, to be highly trained in theology; and who had been trained to follow the liturgical and other messages of the Church, very, very, very closely.  Priests who were d) extremely devoted to the Church, usually as their first career choice; and who were willing to take vows of “poverty, chastity, and obedience,” to the Church.  Priests who were moreover, e) most often under direct supervision of Bishops, etc., in their individual churches.  So that until about 1980, there had been a careful system in the Church, to control, regulate, any message put out in its name.  But what caused the problem was that, from about 1982 or so, with the newer media, this normal, massive, careful system of controls, was simply short-circuited. Or simply, was run around.  Formerly, our main source of information on the Church and God was whatever was uttered, usually in a very controlled liturgy, in a physical church, by a priest.  While in church, every word was extremely carefully monitored and controlled.  But then suddenly, from  about 1982 on, the public began learning what the Church said, not from priests any more. But from a relatively untutored nun; and then from her talk show hosts. Talk show speakers who were not priests, often.  Who many might feel were bound by personal loyalty, to obey and follow the Church; but who were not quite as fully tied to, loyal to the Church, as priests had been.  And who were not under any really effective corrective or controlling mechanism.  Mother Angelica was technically under a bishop somewhere; but no doubt that Bishop did not bother to monitor her message well enough, if he was even aware of her and her work.  So that in effect, a female nun began delivering sermons in the name of a Church that had often said earlier, that it was “unseemly” or even an “abomination” for a woman to speak prominently in a church.  A simple nun began broadcasting her own anti-abortion theology, to millions – and no one was really watching the kitchen.  In this new situation, the new medium, there has been nothing like the old kind of extremely careful monitoring, as to what is presented as the word of God.  There was indeed, all too little oversight of the new “Catholic” media; and soon talk show hosts were generating any number of false, heretical statements, in the name of God.  Which they do every day, today, in fact.

 

The new media network, EWTN, billed itself as “conservative”; but in many respects it was actually revolutionary.  Until this network, any message that was attributed to the Church, and to God, had been extremely carefully controlled and monitored, by a very careful system, as sketched out above.  And those messages were easy to monitor, when they were delivered in physical church buildings, no doubt.  But with the coming of televangelism, there have come to be a huge number of religious media outlets that were not so well controlled or monitored.  And in this situation, we have gotten many merely self-proclaimed, self-appointed Christians – in this case, Catholics – presenting themselves as the voice of the Church and of God.  But who don’t have enough training or knowledge.  And who mix up genuine bits of religious lore, with their own opinions.  This is done accidentally, but also at times deliberately;  as they use the media to present their own twist on, what the Church says.

 

And amazingly, the public accepts these new media figures, as authoritative and definitive. Probably because their staffs are so clever; filled with apologists, lawyers like Karl Keating, who are skilled with words, argumentation; and who were able to ague persuasively – if sophistically – that their own opinions about the Church were true.

 

This situation has gone on far, far too long already. The Church simply overlooked these new people, who have come to offer their own – often heretical – Christianity, as the word of God.  Without any effective opposition or oversight, these new, relatively unsupervised organizations, like EWTN/RN; like Karl Keating’s “Catholic Answers Live,”  were able to present themselves as if they were the voice of the Church and of God.  Even as they presented a message that, being explicitly focused around the single issue of abortion,  is clearly, precisely, the kind of  “one issue” organization that the Cardinals and Pope condemned.  As they did even this, Catholic never noticed; partially because they got their idea of the Church primarily from the network … that never reported any problems with its own message, after all.  While the individual churches simply ignored the network, or were in turn influenced by it.  So that there was effectively no opposition.  Indeed, because of this lack of monitoring, a new kind of message, took over America and the world.  And has been creeping into the Church itself.  Through the back door; through the new “Catholic” radio and TV and Internet.

 

Why didn’t the Church pay more attention?  Ironically, in part, it was liberalism that allowed this “conservative” new voice.  Liberalism had begun, during Vatican II, to doubt the rightness of traditional liturgies; and it began in general to allow “new” ideas to creep into Catholicism. At first, it was various liberal social reforms that were admitted;  including a more tolerant attitude toward homosexuality for example.  These reforms came to be more and more widely accepted; so that by 1980, the Church was ceasing to monitor and control its religious messages as closely as it had in the past.

 

In some ways, a new liberalism was good; a new fresh liberal spirit or gift or “charism” came into the Church, they said. But by 1980, finally, “conservative” elements were sufficiently educated, to perceive, and even take over, this aging liberal prerogative. And conservatives began using the new, liberal openness to new things, to insert now, its own new messages.  Into, if not the liturgy itself, then at least, into the mouths of nuns and some priests, in the new talk radio format.  But in fact, there were already problems with liberalism and its new messages. The Church would soon regret some aspects of its new tolerance for liberalism, for homosexual priests, when it became aware of priests sexually molesting children.   But if some thought that the new conservatism – the “neo cons” as they came to be called – would correct that, we are here to say today that as it now turns out, there were also problems with the new conservatism too.

 

In many ways, when the new conservatism began to create religious networks, this caught the public unaware; in spite of the warnings of a few critics, the public – and the Church – were in 1980, all too complacent and trusting, when a number of private “Catholic” organizations began to appear.  The a) public especially, was still rather used to very well monitored church services; used hearing only highly trustworthy, vetted, well monitored and controlled messages being offered as the word of the Church.  And b) after Pat Robertson, Protestants for example, were increasingly accepting of almost any voice on the radio, as the voice of God.  And c) after 1980,  many were inclined to accept even the voice of women as authority, even in the church.  So that when in 1981, the public heard the voice of a nun on radio and later TV, presenting herself as the voice of the Church … a surprisingly high percentage of Catholics simply accepted that.  The public had not previously encountered anyone presenting any very false view as “Catholic,” in a large public format. Normally in such cases, the Church itself would intervene.  And so, hearing and seeing no real, official Church opposition to Mother Angelica and her obsessive anti-abortionism, the public simply, blindly, “faith”fully followed Mother Angelica and her new network.  Indeed, the public had long been trained to be fully trusting, “faith”ful, to religious leaders; and so it has until now, followed Mother Angelica and her network, EWTN, with all but total blind faith.  The public never realizing that Mother Angelica’s new anti-abortion messages, were not as fully authoritative, as the old liturgy and homilies, that had been delivered by priests, in the highly controlled, tightly structured environment of the church.

 

Since they were delivered in the name of the Church, a largely unsuspecting public, simply accepted all these problematic new “conservative” messages, as the new word of God.  And today, these apostate, heretical “Catholic” media, are as influential as ever.   Indeed, more influential.  As Ferrara began to note in his book, “EWTN:  A Network Gone Bad,” there are many people who listen to these various self-appointed Catholic lay spokesmen on TV and radio – and who accept them as the definitive voice of the Church itself.   And there is no prominent voice to contradict that.  Today there are even probably millions of Catholics who don’t even go to Church, to listen to priests in a physical church where the priest is more constrained in what he says; instead millions now merely listen to religious radio and TV and internet talk shows.  Millions of the faithful, are not even hearing priests, but are listening even primarily, to lay persons, on EWTN; to speakers like Karl Keating, attny., and Sheila Liaugminas.  Neither of whom is a priest.  And yet, much of the public now unreflectively regards these figures, as a true voice of the Church.  As Chris Ferrara warned.

 

Therefore, ultimately, it has been the new conservative media and advocacy organizations, that are where most the problems have come from.  And the people have been unaware of the problem. Millions of people were alerted to problems in secular “media”; they had heard that often secular media, major secular TV networks get religion wrong.  But then they have come to trust far too much, to any medium that presents itself as authentically religious. When a given network like EWTN puts down “mainstream media,” and presents itself as the more religious, pious and loyal representative of God, no one really questioned that.  No one realized that even “religious” shows, people, err.  Even they can be highly unreliable. No one realizing that even the best “religious” networks to date, present radically simplified, and substantially false, theologies.  Even heresies.

 

To be sure, there had been some early warnings. By the time of the first Protestant radio evangelists, some ministers at least, were already warning about false religious doctrines, in TV religion.  And so there has been some – albeit ineffective – tradition of caution, regarding at least, Protestant televangelism.  Particularly, when Pat Robertson came along, and began obviously blending his Christianity, with Republican presidential ambitions.  However, even Pat Robertson has remained fabulously successful, even to this day.  And his “Conservative” blending of religion and Republicanisms, was widely accepted by the time Mother Angelica founded EWTN.

 

To be sure, one would have thought there would still be some considerable resistance however, to a private, Catholic TV network.  Such things were sometimes (marginally) regarded as acceptable in Protestant churches.  Which had always allowed the individual, some personal discretion or freedom, in interpreting the Bible.  But in the past, historically, the Roman Catholic Church was rather against such independent operations. Traditionally, historically, the Roman Catholic Church has always stressed a central hierarchy; with very strong central control, from a Pope.  Indeed, Catholicism often adamantly rejected, “evangelization,” and the Protestant idea that almost any man, priest or not, could be a spokesman for God.  This position moreover, was adamantly defended by the Church, historically:   one of the main disagreements between Protestants and Catholics, was that Protestants insisted that any ordinary human being, could read the Bible himself, and learn about God; while the Catholic Church insisted that only the Roman Church itself, really knew what God was thinking and saying; and within the Church, everyone should obey especially, the Pope.

 

The Catholic Church had historically, adamantly attacked the idea that any private individual could speak for God; “outside the Church there is no salvation,” it was said.  without relying on the Roman Catholic Church. And it defended this idea as part of its war with Protestants.  Protestants had insisting that the Bible itself authorized many people, not just Catholic Popes, to speak for God.  When Jesus told his disciples to go and preach to all nations, Protestants claimed, that “Great Commission” authorized almost anyone at all, to go out and “evangelize”; authorized almost any public citizen some said, to go out and preach about God.  Whether they were trained priests or not; or Catholic or not.  This argument in fact, was the backbone of the Protestant rebellion against Catholicism; the argument they used to justify having their own ministers, and not following the Pope.  But of course, the Church had historically resisted this argument; the Church vociferously stressing obedience to central Catholic authority; especially to the Pope.  Who they said, was the only legitimate successors of the Apostles (by “Apostolic Succession”).

 

Catholics therefore, had until recently, been far more cautious than Protestants, about allowing non priests, or lay talk show hosts, or unattached, unmonitored priests, to speak or “evangelize” for God.  The Church had simply murdered many such persons, as heretics.  And it fought major wars against anyone – like especially Protestants – who claimed that they themselves had the right to evangelize, and tell us what the Bible means.  And so, though Protestants accepted radio shows delivering religious messages independently of any give church – and even messages that began to intermix private politics with religion – it was far, far more rare, to hear a Catholic radio show.  To be sure, there was an occasional odd appearances on radio and Vatican radio, by a Bishop Sheen, or a Pope.  But these appearances were extremely well regulated (except for Sheen, who had notorious problems with Cardinal Spellman in fact).  And they were clearly produced under very direct monitoring.  It was a major change therefore, when the Church became liberalized  in 1981, to the point that a major, rather independent “Catholic” network could appear.  But after the example of Pat Robertson, most Catholics were complacently unaware of the dangers of such an unsupervised format.  Especially, indeed, when the Church itself appeared to endorse something like this; when it began to endorse “the new evangelization.”  Few in the Church quite fully realizing, when they uttered and followed this new phrase, that they were embracing the very evangelization … that they had fought so bitterly, in two hundred years of wars with Protestants.  No one realizing that this phrase in fact, capitulated not only to Protestantism, but to some of the worst tendencies in it.  The “new evangelization” giving in far too much, to allowing simple, private, individual, uneducated voices, on TV and elsewhere, to declare their own private opinions, as the word of God.

 

The Catholic Church had long resisted allowing priests and others to speak casually for the Church.  And it came therefore to religious talk radio and TV, rather late, or not to the same degree as Protestants and Pat Robertson.  So that when a Catholic evangelistic network appeared, such a thing basically caught Catholics by surprise.  Catholicism had not really had much recent experience, with deliberately allowing relatively independent agencies to speak for it. And indeed, it has never seen the wide number of major media and advocacy organizations, that we have today.  Organizations that represent themselves in effect, as the voice of the Catholic Church.  Organizations that were for the first time, allowed to operate somewhat independently of central Church control.

 

Catholics were not used to such organizations.  And in the liberal 1970’s and after, many simple accepted this new innovation.  So that millions of Catholics just simply, blindly, faithfully followed these new networks.  Which are today in fact increasingly accepted … as if they spoke simply, directly, for the Pope.  They were simply accepted as the voice of the Church … Especially because they occasionally have priests on their shows.  Especially since these new organizations quote (albeit selected, edited) snippets of Church doctrine.  So that these new secular networks and organizations, have been increasingly taken, by the people, to be either a) an authorized adjunct of the Church. Or even simply b) the official voice of the Church; even as the voice of the Pope (Ferrara:  “EWTN:  A Network Gone Bad”).  Indeed, many priests seem to accept EWTN as definitive.

 

The problem is though, that these new “Catholic” networks are all too independent. And that problem was unfortunately, allowed to grow; when the Church itself, began to allow such things.  When it even spoke in favor of a “new evangelization.”  And it was all exacerbated, by occasional Vatican infatuation with “lay” expertise.  It is time to note however, that such infatuation has clearly caused trouble in the recent past.  Obedience to liberal psychology for example, allowed “gay rights theory to take over much of the Church.  Which not long ago (around 1970-2007), resulted in the relaxing of Church standards … that is credited with helping to create the scandal of priests, sexually molesting children, c. 1970-2007.

 

Relaxing traditional Church controls, is probably a good thing in many ways.  But any such relaxation will inevitably run into some problems; and should be closely monitored. And just as the relaxation of Church doctrines in a liberal direction caused problems, surprisingly, there are problems with even a new “conservatism” too.  As we are seeing here.

 

Many forces have been at work to relax Church controls. And to allow these new private networks.  Among other contributing trends in the Church, there has been the growing acceptance of “lay” people in church functions.  Of Catholics who were reverent, but who were not priests.  In part, the growing acceptance of lay persons acting for the Church, has been accepted lately, because it seemed necessary as a practical matter.  Since fewer and fewer people wanted to become nuns or priests, in modern times. So that the Church has begun to accept more and more non-priests, to fill out its depleted staffs.  But the problem is that when we admit lay persons, they bring their own agendas to the Church.  [A random example:  speaking of the “Feast of the Holy Innocents,” the deaths of the early saints, a lay speaker on Relevant Radio, assures us that the deaths of saints, are negligible compared to the number of deaths of aborted babies; 50 millions since 1973.  Says this lay guest, of lay spokesman Chuck Neff, standing in for layman Sean Herriott, on Relevant Radio, 7:20 AM, Dec. 28, 2009.  Thus the embryo is now more important than the saints; a pattern repeated when anti-abortionism ignores saint Aquinas for example, when he says that the young embryo is not yet human. Guest “John Lavriola”(SP?), author of “Onward Catholic Soldiers:  Spiritual Warfare …”; “Morning Air” show, Doug Thompson, prod.. Call 877 766 37777. Or 877 ROME 7777, as they tell us; once again emphasizing themselves as the voice of the Roman Catholic church. At 8:03, incidentally, the network quotes with approval, Fr. Frank Pavone, as the foremost Catholic voice against abortion.  Frank in turn commenting on the Senate passing a health bill with funding for abortion:  Frank – violating IRS non-profit rules? – commenting on this ongoing current legislation, now being submitted to reconciliation committees. Telling us that the Senate ignores the fact that the “voters” are 3 to 1 against abortion; Frank warning us that no doubt the senators will be punished in “November,” the month elections are held.  Frank here clearly working, on a nonprofit Relevant Radio, to influence legislation, in the interest specifically, of “vote”s.  Votes that will be Republican, we may assume.]

 

With more and more relatively unsophisticated lay people, now being admitted as church workers, or even presenting themselves in effect in the media, as our new priests, problems have emerged.  The main problem with lay workers should have been predictable enough:  they don’t really know the Church and its fuller doctrines well enough.   Especially we are saying here, the new media, lay pseudo-priests – Catholic talk show hosts – did not know much theology.  And they have been overwhelmingly inclined to mix up their own social political ideas, with their religion.  So that they end up presenting finally, absurd or limited theologies as authentic; odd mixes that would not normally be approved by any good priest with solid seminary training or “formation.”  Particularly, the more recent new lay staffers are prone to simply begin filling in gaps in their religious understanding, with their own ad-hoc political philosophies, or other popular ideas.  In the 1980’s, the new lay/false priests of talk radio, followed Rush Limbaugh particularly.  They have liked to intermix “conservative” or Republican ideas, with religion; mixing the two indistinguishably.  Finally presenting folk or even Republican ideas, as the word of God.

 

The increasing intrusion of lay persons, along with their uneducated or secular ideas, into the Church itself,  has been one major source of the problem we have today.  Today we have countless lay people – like Drew Mariani and Karl Keating – presenting themselves, without adequate training, as the voice of God  These new lay Catholics, typically do not graduate from good seminaries; and do not get religious training as good as priests once got.  Nor are they, later in their careers, monitored effectively by the Church.  And so they have been free, to follow and even broadcast, teach, their own deviant desires.  Particularly, they have long offered their ad hoc political philosophy, as if it was the word of God.

 

And their influence now penetrates into the Church itself; unfortunately, these unauthorized voices have eventually strongly influenced, in turn, the more independent priests and nuns.  Like Mother Angelica of EWTN, and Fr. Frank Pavone.  While ultimately, especially once priests and nuns were infected, millions of people have unfortunately, followed them.

 

The problem has been worse than it might have been otherwise, because the public has been unprepared, and un-warned; as standards of oversight were relaxed in the Church and elsewhere, one really quite really saw the problem anymore, or sounded the alarm. Until today.  Though surely earlier problems with relaxation of sexual mores in the churches, the massive and expensive scandal of uncovering sexually abusive priests, should have served as an early warning signal.  If the Church is to modernize and update itself (as it should), it will need a more reliable, scientific mechanism to do that.  Allowing just anyone to present their personal opinions as the word of God, is not the way to go, here.

 

 

 
“Conservative”?

 

 

 

How has it happened, that an extremist, even terrorist heresy, has all but totally taken over the Church, and America?  The problem in part, was noted above:  a) our rather traditional Catholic Church, was not adequately familiar with the relatively new media of radio, TV, and Internet.  So that the Church did not adequately monitor and control these outlets.  Then too, b) the Church’s enthusiasm for a “new evangelization,” and then c) “lay” organizations, allowed any number of half-trained, half-supervised lay agencies, like EWTN, to exercise considerable power and influence on the public, independently of effective, direct Church supervision.  Then too, d) a certain laxity in its oversight responsibilities, was encouraged by a false, post Vatican II liberalism.  Which e) ironically had the effect of allowing not only in themselves questionable “liberal” elements to express themselves within the Church, but also eventually allowed a new and radical, even heretical “conservatism,” to enter the Church.

 

In fact,  probably the heretical side of anti-abortion organizations slipped by Catholic supervision, in part because they represented themselves as “conservative.”  Billing the new voices as “conservative,” no doubt suggested to any intermittent Vatican review, that these new voices would be following the Church in a very pious and dutiful way; conservatively.  Yet to be sure, the presentation of this new home-spun and politicized Catholicism, was ultimately, not conservative at all. Or you might say that a) the “neo-con” movement in some ways, was so backward or conservative, as to be reactionary, medieval, pro-monarchy (Bush I, Bush II).  While b) other of its ideas were new, radical, and untried, experimental.  Anything but conservative in the sense of sticking only to tried and true ideas and institutions.  Indeed, one-issue anti-abortionism for example, is both.  It a) rediscovers any ancient folk attachment of mothers to their embryos; even as it b) accentuates that in a revolutionary and bad way; it exaggerates that, into the new central principle or focus of an heretical new religion.

 

Normally, such messages would not have caught on; when such ideas were presented in the old, conservative institution of corner churches, there were mechanisms in place to criticize such ideas.  But the new forum for religion, is not in supervised churches, but in mass media.  Overseen by talk show hosts.  And by the way, the new medium was in itself, not traditional.  To begin defining the Church not in seminaries or councils, but from rigged debates in talk shows, is obviously not really conservative at all; it is a revolution in the Church.

 

The new movement was able however, to avoid causing alarm, in part by billing itself as “conservative.” Presenting themselves as “conservatives,” revolutionary right-wing Catholics sneaked into the Church, under the radar; under the “mantle” or “sheep’s clothing” of conservatism.  Using this label, they deluded themselves, and disarmed critics, by implying that they were absolutely obedient and pious and loyal to Catholic tradition.  But indeed, their ideas were only marginally “conservative” first of all, in a political sense.  To be sure, they backed the right or conservative, nationalistic wing of the Republican Party.  But they were not really, religiously conservative.  In particular, in their pro-military militarism, they did not conservatively respect Jesus, as a peacemaker.  Indeed, they all but gave up on the New Testament, in favor of the far more severe God of the Old Testament.  Which however, is not traditional theology today.  And then too, their anti-abortionism violates reams of religious tradition, we are showing here.

 

The new movements’ claim to be “conservative,” disarmed many persons who would otherwise have sounded the alarm.  But now it is time to note to everyone, that its political “conservatism,” is not theologically conservative at all.  Among other problems:  to wave the flag in church, and tout “American values” for example, was conservative in the political sphere in America. But it does not really fit an international Church.  The Church is not an “American,” but is an international organization.  It a) recently has been headed by a Polish and then a German Pope, living in Italy.  The patriotically “American” message of EWTN and Relevant Radio, adamantly does not fit a Catholic Church that resides over b) one billion Catholics who live in 300 or more different countries.  And c) of whom only 60 million, 6%, are American.  Nor does the American patriotism of EWTN (to about 2005), fit a Christianity, a Christ, that comes to speak to “all tongues,” “all peoples,” all nations (Isa. 65.17-66.18-23).

 

How was it therefore, that a radical new theology – anti-abortionism – was able to all but take over the Catholic Church?  No doubt priestly, clerical overseers were confused by the language, the arguments generated by media teams of lay lawyers and sophists like Karl Keating.  These staffers, “apologists,” talk show hosts, were working not so much for traditional religion, but for the new secular/lay anti-abortion organizations.  They were trained or naturally skilled rhetoricians; clever persons who were able to invent hundreds, even thousands of ostensibly religious-based arguments, to justify their own conservative position. Among many hundreds of clever arguments and words generated by this new cadre,  these new semi-secular friars, these new apologists and sophists were able to misuse terms like “conservative,” to mislead themselves and priests.  (See the French Revolution’s problems especially with friars and other clerics in secular state functions).

 

This misuse of language, this odd and unexpected mix of religion and secular ideas, a confusion of “conservatism”s, fooled many.  Many millions of people have heard and believed, that this radically new anti-abortion message, was actually from the traditional, “conservative” side of religion; from the heart of the Bible, and of the Roman Catholic Church. But today at last we are showing here that EWTN’s typically one-issue anti-abortionism, actually denied one Catholic tradition after another.  EWTN having convinced others (and even itself?) that its own beliefs were true, EWTN then simply, willfully disobeyed saints, cardinals, and the pope himself, all without a qualm; when they crossed its own view of what the “real” Church was like.

 

The fact is that in general, the new “conservative,” lay “Catholic” organizations like EWTN, have never really, actually, reflected the true heart of Christianity; or the overall emphasis of the Bible; or the real tradition of the Church.  Instead, the essential mistake of these “Christian” organizations, was that they intermixed and confused their own social political opinions, with the true message of the Bible and the Church. But more particularly, all this built on the to-be-sure all too common equation of “God and Country.”  In America, it is often thought that the Bible, God, and patriotic devotion to America, never conflicted.  America was God’s country; God favored America.  But we will see, this sentiment is not quite true to a Bible that never mentioned America by name, and that often in fact criticized “nation”s.  Nor does it fit an international church.  But the new conservatism ignored all that; often following the example of Protestant American televangelists like Pat Robertson, Catholic “conservative” movements became in effect, fronts for a radical new incursion of nationalistic politics, into religious life.  Their “conservatism” was actually a radical infusion into Christianity … of American superpatriotic nationalist, militarist sentiments. All centered around the Republican Party.

 

To be sure, the equation of God with country, is a common folk idea; but it was never adequately supported.  Many countries like Germany, have thought that their country was supported by God; Germany army belt buckles had “God with Us” stamped on them.  But this should be an illustration of the problem.

 

In some ways to be sure, it was all perhaps genuinely conservative.  For example, there is a sort of native feeling among women, that they should protect the life of their embryos.  And this is a good sentiment, if the woman is going to carry full term, to birth.  It seems possible that many religious women “conservatives” in particular, were rather sincere about their beliefs about the importance of their embryo.  But their rather natural impulses, have been partially misleading. Indeed, women should learn that the embryo is the foundation of a child, if carried to full term, to birth. But it is not quite a full child already.  Women who do not know this, often become inconsolable in the case of miscarriage.  Feeling they have lost a “child.”  But to be sure, the embryo was never quite, entirely, a child after all.  In part, their impulses, their “heart,” was “deceived.”  We need to value the mind; of the child, and our own minds too.  And those do not really appear, until later.  As saint Aquinas confirmed.

 

To some extent, these native conservatisms, were mislead deliberately.  The Republican Party fastened onto these native “conservatisms,” validating them all too quickly, without critical inspection.  Because it was  useful for its own purposes, to exaggerate the “human” status of the embryo, and then labeling this a “conservative” impulse.  All in order to direct more votes to the conservative, anti-abortionist, Republican Party. All this was useful, in order to elect Republican candidates, in U.S elections.  The native sentiment of women, has been exploited to elect, ironically, candidates who might a) pretend to honor the status of the embryo, but b) who did not really hesitate to attack and end the lives of adults, in perhaps unnecessary wars.  Or who c) did not hesitate to vote against Health Care.  Thus perhaps killing many grown children and adults, through unnecessary wars, and/or lack of good health care.

 

The manipulation and wooing of “conservative” sentiments proceeded almost unchecked, c. 1980-2009.  In spite of some critical remarks addressed to “neo-cons,” the new movement, the “Conservative Coalition,” proceeded with enormous speed.  Thanks in part, to the new “Catholic” media networks, like Eternal Word Television Network.  It was rather large; it was broadcast on hundreds of radio stations, and some TV stations; and was offered as part of nearly every major cable and satellite TV package in America.  So that it was available to perhaps two hundred million Americans.  And this platform was even more influential than its size would indicate – since it was offered not as just another media network, but as the word of God.  So that its message was retained far more than the average TV message.  And repeated by word of mouth, by Catholics.

 

Through massive and disproportionately influential organizations like EWTN, a radical, “conservative” anti-abortionism, was successfully preached to all of America.  All of this was offered, furthermore, without real, free, fair, and open debate.  Most listeners were used to institutional regulatory mechanisms, that would for example, insure fair, free, and open debate on publicly-owned airways.  But around 1982 or so, the “Fairness Doctrine,” that allowed “equal time” in debates on controversial topics, was dropped.  Media were no longer required by law to present both sides of a political debate. Lulled into complacency by such laws, the public did not notice that the new talk show format, was no longer a fair, free debate.  That it was one-sided.  The new conservative, call-in talk shows to be sure, presented themselves as if they were still fair debates:  the phone lines were open to listeners; who could call in and – apparently – “debate” the talk show host.  But few people noticed that these new conservative talk shows only mimicked, faked, debates; that the whole game was actually rigged.  Those who know what real debate is, could have told the public that this was never a real debate.  First, a) often only the network itself knew in advance, which topics would be debated.  Then too b) normally only the network had trained apologists and experts readily on hand, to represent its own views; while the public responders, were completely in the dark, and unprepared for each discussion on air.  Then too, c) callers were “screened”; they first had to talk with and pass a screener; who would often simply refuse to air anyone who seemed too well informed, who would pose a too-effective speaker.  So that if there were any potentially effective opponents that happened to call in, they were often simply eliminated, and never allowed on the air.  And d) if a qualified speaker managed to slip by the screener, and get on the air … to make some telling points?  When anyone called in, and managed get on the air?  To voice some cogent objections to EWTN’s radically anti-abortion views?  Then EWTN talk show hosts, and control room staff, simply, routinely silenced any such genuine, effective debate … with their “off” buttons.  They simply hung up on them.  Hung up on anyone who presented too strong a case for abortion.  e) Leaving the talk show host to voice his own opinion as conclusion, with no further challenges allowed.  So that there was almost never a true and honest, fair debate, on conservative talk radio.  Which pretended to honor free debate, the pillar of Democracy; but which took dozens of measures to make sure it never actually honored it.  (Cf. the 2008 discussion on the possible revival of the “Fairness Doctrine.”)

 

Ironically therefore, talk radio was never politically conservative.  In that it never really honored the deepest tradition of Democracy:  fair, free, and open debate. And of course again, the “Catholic” “conservatives” were extremely rebellious, revolutionary, in other ways too.  Most striking was their radically non-conservative rebellion against the saints, the cardinals, and “Our Holy Father,” the Pope.

 

The rebellion by “conservative” Catholic radio against core Church authorities – many (if not all) saints, cardinals, popes – is especially unexpected and shocking:  since one of the major features of Catholicism was an even excessive emphasis on following priests, cardinals, popes.  The Catholic Church was always a top-down, hierarchical organization, that hugely emphasized the authority of the Pope, over all other figures in Christendom. Indeed EWTN, in its assertion that the Catholic Church was better than the Protestant, constantly voiced the traditional Catholic argument that … the essential mistake and sin of Protestantism, was to fail to see, the authority of the bishops, the cardinals, the Pope.  So it was doubly surprising, when a) priests on EWTN told us (c. 2005/6?), that we didn’t need to follow a saint like St. Aquinas any more. And when b) they simply ignored the Pope’s 2004 memo, allowing us to vote for pro-abortion candidates.  And it was doubly surprising again, when c) the subtle rebellion of EWTN founder Mother Angelica, became so increasingly open, that around 1997 or so, Mother Angelica began to criticize, on air, an acting cardinal, Cardinal Mahony (q.v.).

 

Because they had presented itself as loyal, conservative, many of the new networks were able to avoid criticism, from many.  But when EWTN founder Mother Angelica though, finally began to openly criticize a cardinal, finally, belatedly, elements of the Church began to recognize … problems in these new “conservative” organizations.  There were occasionally attempts by prominent Christians in the Catholic hierarchy – like Cardinal Mahony – to deal with EWTN.   And then, c. 2003-7, there were those famous statements by Cardinals McCarrick, and Ratzinger, against dis “proportionate,” “one issue” Catholicism. But these random remarks were by no means strong enough; the average working-class Irish Catholic or Spanish woman, never really heard about the conflict between EWTN and the Catholic hierarchy – because EWTN seldom mentioned it.  Or if EWTN ever mentioned the problem, the concepts of dis “proportionate,” “one issue” problems, were too obscure.  Many uneducated listeners had no idea that when the Cardinals were condemning “one issue” Catholicism, they were condemning EWTN and its one-issue anti-abortionism.

 

Therefore, the Church’s sporadic and mild corrections of elements of the new conservatism, were ineffective.  By the time Cardinal Mahony began to rather directly confront Mother Angelica of EWTN, the network was already well established:  with a) hundreds of radio stations; b) an Internet presence; with c) a potential TV cable audience of hundreds of millions; and d) legions of anti-abortion lobbyists, lawyers on hand, to lobby for its own causes.  And it had e) a stable of converted priests.  With all that, by 2005 or so, EWTN had more than enough institutional power to prevail in arguments and power struggles.  It had enough power, to simply topspin, or even effectively ignore, the mild, ineffectual, indirect, pastoral attempts by the Church, to slow down or correct EWTN’s message.  The legions of spin-doctors at EWTN, were able to use their rhetorical skills, to convince even most Church opponents, that the Church itself supported EWTN.

 

So the new conservative media have persisted.  EWTN has persisted, and has even grown.  Broadcasting to hundreds of millions of Catholics, for 28 years, and spread by word of mouth, eventually in effect, its false anti-abortionism, has been presented to the whole world. While more recently, its false doctrine is even now continuing to backwash onto – and dominate – even the Church itself.  Thanks to its many dozens of arguments, increasingly, more and more Bishops apparently believe that EWTN’s “conservative” anti-abortionism, is the authentic voice of the Church, and of God.  (Or at least, more and more Bishops are prepared to believe that, for various reasons).  But here and now, we are finally beginning to outline the mistake of Catholic media like EWTN.  In part, the problem has been that EWTN and its many anti-abortion and “conservative” voices, we will show, confused political conservatism, with religious conservatism.  They confused a conservative, pro-American Republican superpatriotism for example, with religion.  They confused God, with Country.  They mixed up love of traditional America, with love of Catholicism.  In addition, the new religious conservatives … did not ever really acknowledge real devotion to leadership.  In that sense, it was never conservative at all.  It violated, denied, the central principle of Catholicism:  obedience to the cardinals and to the Pope.

 

The fact is, there are many, many revolutionary, radical, rebellious elements in this new “conservatism.”  The fact is for example, among many other things:  devotion to a single nation like America for example, was never quite what the Church is really about.  After all, the Christian church is an international church.  With no particular affiliation to any single country.  The Roman Catholic Church, the pope for example, preside over one billion Catholics, in more than 300 countries.  The Church includes one billion believers -of  whom only 6%, are American.  The attempt to intermix American patriotic, nationalist “conservatism,” with Catholic conservatism, therefore, was not quite right.  In point of fact, the folding of Catholicism, into conservative superpatriotic Americanism, was never true to the real nature of the Church.  Which was international.  (Even God’s devotion to the nation/kingdom Israel was often qualified).

 

Part of the problem has been especially, the new intermixture, confusion, of political ideas, of the traditions of men, with religious tradition.  The problem has been that most of the new “Catholic” media organizations and self-appointed Catholic spokesmen like Karl Keating – our new priests, our new self-appointed popes – confused their lay political ideas, with the word of God and of the Church.  So that they have presented to the people, an unholy mix of personal opinion, and biased political philosophy, with religion.  Presenting it all, as if it was holy.  While in point of fact, it is no such thing.

 

What can be done about this?  Amazingly, the Church has at times tried to end this problem.  As we will see, at least three Cardinals – McCarrick, Mahony, Ratzinger – have tried to rein in EWTN and Karl Keating,  and anti-abortionism.  But clearly, they have not been successful in stopping it.  Likewise, the intermittent presence of dozens of priests on the network, has not prevented this conservative heresy from growing.  Anyone who regularly listens to the network, will quickly discover that the radical and heretical, disproportionate, one-issue anti-abortionism of EWTN, Karl Keating, Fr. Frank Pavone, continues unchecked, even to this very day.  Though many subjects other than abortion are mentioned on the network, we are still regularly told that the single issue of abortion out-trumps, outweighs, all other issues at the voting booth.  While indeed finally, all that really resulted from the presence of priests on the network, was that the radical heresies of the network, backwashed onto the priests.  So that today, more and more priests simply accept EWTN as in effect, their pope.  And more and more priests accept its heretical message, as the authentic voice of the Church.  Indeed for millions of Christians, EWTN is the voice of God.  Or more simply, conservative organizations like EWTN are God.

 

Actually however, it is a new heresy; a new, schismatic branch of the Church.  A sect that, because of its narrow fixation on the embryo, might best be called … the Breakaway Church of the Holy Embryo.

 

To be sure, the conservative heresy is gaining more and more power, every day.  Today it is increasingly … infecting the Church itself.  Today, more and more priests and Catholics, are getting to know their Church, not just from approved seminaries, but through the new media.  Increasingly, priests learn from the media; so that the theology of guest speakers and talk show hosts, is now backwashing into the Church proper.  Archbishop Burke for example, corresponded with, flirted with EWTN; and was over the years, seduced by it and its arguments.

 

Today, conservative Catholic radio, is taking over one bishop after another.  As it now, takes over the Church itself.  Even though it not exactly “conservative”; indeed in fact, in many respects, in its present form, it is a radical heresy.

 

No doubt, a fruitful avenue of future research, will be more clearly rediscovering – and conserving – the natural roots of our human existence; but that process of discovery should be conducted by serious natural science … and not the raw assertions of polemicists.

 

 

 

Fixing This

 

Among several new “conservative” doctrines, has been a radically narrow, odd, deformed, one-issue, “Pro Life,” anti-abortionist view of life and God.  A view which was heavily publicized by a heretical nun by the name of Mother Angelica; and her own media network, called EWTN.  Using this media platform, to constantly publicize her obsessively narrow, one-issue view of life, Angelica has long since taken over many millions of Catholics.  Focusing obsessively, a dozen, a hundred times a day, on the embryo, Mother Angelica created in effect, a strange new, anti-abortion God; or God the Holy Embryo.  Who has long been the chief deity, around EWTN and Mother Angelica.  And thanks to Mother Angelica, and her media network, this strange new god is even now, taking over even many Bishops … and possibly, soon, the Church itself.

 

How was it that the Church allowed this heresy to grow?  It was in large part, the Church’s unfamiliarity with – or simple laxity about – the dangers of the new “Catholic” radio and TV and Internet media.  Especially, as directed by “lay” Catholics, or non-priests.  The problem was that not matter how well-informed and intelligent they may appear, lay believers, are never quite as well trained, or quite as devoted, as priests are, to the Church.  Consequently, they inevitably let their watered-down idea of God, mix with, get confused with, their political opinions, the “traditions of men” that they absorbed in secular or lay life.  And when the Church began admitting more and more of these people into more and more vital and administrative centers, it meant that the message of the Church has been increasingly, corrupted.  In fact, if the Church itself was not in the past guilty of “teaching the traditions of men,” as Protestants always accused, certainly it is now.  These new Catholic organizations, are guilty of all that; in spades.   Of indistinguishably intermixing religion and political/social “philosophies,” the traditions of men.  Like mixing religion and “conservatism”; a word never mentioned in the Bible at all. But found in the Republican Party platform, often.  Neo-conservatives claimed to be following religion diligently, conservatively.  But we will be showing here that their ideas were not really as pious and loyal, as they thought … or pretended. (Many conservatives after all were not so religious; but thought a “big tent” would be good; relaxing sincerity, to allow religion to join into politics, was politically expedient).

 

Unfortunately, this unholy mix, this disaster foretold in the Bible itself, is today, nearly as strong as ever.  Today it seems that more and more Bishops, especially, are increasingly influenced by this new, mixed tradition; by the assertion that rabid anti-abortionism, is indeed the word of God.  EWTN has carefully cultivated, “educated,” badgered, and egged on dozens of priests and bishops; and eventually it seems, they were able to convince Bishop Burke, to follow their views.  And when he did, then EWTN had begun to infect the Church itself, finally. Indeed, when EWTN protégé Archbishop Burke took over the Vatican court, around 2008, anti-abortionism has all but officially become, the new law of the Catholic Church itself.

 

But this is not a positive development; this means that a false, narrow, one-issue theology –  a false God, a false Christ – has increasingly dominated the Church.  And  through the Catholic vote, has dominated America.  And through America, the world.  Indeed, this false, antiabortionist embryo God, we will find, has long changed the course of world politics, for the worse. For exactly the reasons the Cardinals noted:  when you focus all your energies and attention on just “one issue” like abortion, you end of neglecting many other, worse evils, and allowing them to flourish.  Just like the Bible said somewhere (?):  just when you have expelled one demon, unless you are diligent, seven worse demons return in its place.

 

So how can we fix this?  Or is it too late? In large part, we have assumed here, that we can fix this in part, just clarifying what real religious authority actually, more fully, said.  In part, by showing what the Bible itself really said about abortion for example. Conservatives quote the Bible; but so does Satan himself (in the Temptation).  Anyone can quote the Bible … in a misleading way.  Conservatives have quoted the Bible … but until today, they have obscured the real message of the Bible and God, by quoting just misrepresentative parts of the book. The real, fuller message, has been obscured, “twist”ed, by media hosts and guests and “apologists.”  To be sure, many Catholics have resisted this message. [On Relevant Radio, Dec. 29, 2009, 10:44 AM, AM 970, Fr. John Corapi chastises Catholics for voting for a candidate – Barack Obama – who had just voted for partial birth abortions; as many did. But “in the end we win” says Corapi; meaning God supports the Republican Party, one assumes.  And that it will win. As for the others?  “Treat that as we would treat psychotic behavior” he says.  Though with “love.”  “The Catholic Church” series; The Church, “The Body of Christ” lecture.  But why do Catholics vote Democratic, and not anti-abortionism?  It is because after all, they know that anti-abortionism is not the authentic teaching of the Church; but only of Fr. John Corapi].  Indeed, not as many have voted for Democrats then would otherwise have voted for them.  Given the fact that in America many Catholics are from ethnic minorities; like Hispanics.  Who would otherwise vote disproportionately for the pro-ethnic party, the Democratic Party.

 

It is not easy to counter conservative polemics however.  No one should underestimate the a) grass-roots power of organizations like EWTN/RN, and related special interest organizations. Which appeal to the sentiments of women and so forth. But especially, no one should underestimate b) the spin-doctoring abilities of their staff of trained spokesmen, talk show hosts, and apologists.  Over the years,  the conservative coalition has been developing a vast network of interrelated conservative organizations;  a conservative conspiracy.  Or a “conservative coalition,” as it calls itself.  So that today there is a vast network of “conservative” organizations and individuals – including a huge number of anti-abortion lobbyists – ready to argue with anyone who tries to expose them. Today, there are dozens of anti-abortion organizations; staffed in total, by literally hundreds of professional speakers.  Merging with hundreds of existing “conservative” and Republican organizations.  After three decades, spent building a “conservative coalition,” today a vast web of similarly-minded, “conservative” parties currently exists.  Exchanging intelligence and “talking points” – and then delivering their own message on their own entire media networks.  Like EWTN; and CBN; and Fox.  And this “conservative coalition,” has become powerful enough, that it has long dominated about 19% of the voting population. Who vote “conservative,” or anti-abortion in every election.  And this number has been extremely significant; it has been enough to swing the balance, in the vast majority of elections in America, 1980-2007.  Dominating the Church, dominating the vote in America; and then, through American influence, dominating the who world.  With a false idea of Christ; presenting Christ as Jesus the antiabortionist, in effect; or Jesus in effect, as the Holy Embryo.

 

No one should underestimate the increasing power of the new interlacing conservative special-interest groups.  These increasingly define our society, and that today define even our religion.  Rapidly exchanging information and “talking points”/rhetorical tricks on the Internet, anti-abortion organizations like “Priests for Life,” Catholic Answers Live, EWTN/RN, CBN, and Fox, now form part of a new type of vast, interconnected web; full of trained rhetoricians, spin doctors, sophists.  This vast, well-trained group, armed with workbooks and websites and media networks and talking points and exchanged intelligence, constantly generates, among other things, anti-abortion arguments.  So today we have a worldwide group of people, systematically trading information back and forth …while never honestly, fully allowing dissenting voices on their shows or sites.  Never allowing full, fair, honest debate.

 

Because of this vast new web, anyone who wants to tell Christians what the Bible really says, or tell Catholics what the Church and Pope really say, now increasingly comes against a vast, systematic, coordinated army, of trained, well-armed debaters.  Armed with hundreds of –  albeit false – arguments.  So that today, anyone who wants to accurately picture what the Bible really, fully said, in effect has to go against an almost unstoppable media juggernaut; against a vast, 24/7, rhetoric machine.  Anyone who wants to examine the abortion issue objectively, must go against a) dozens of anti-abortion organizations; b) organizations staffed with well-rehearsed, trained professionals. Organizations that c) constantly develop talking points and responses to attacks. Organizations that d) now have their one-issue anti-abortion message distributed all over the United States and the world, by dozens of media networks.

 

Against the new media/rhetoric machines, a single, lone speaker of the truth, has almost no chance of survival. A single debater today, is like a single-shot rifle, advancing against an entire company of men armed with machine guns.  Today, there is a vast anti-abortion net out there; one which has already, in the recent past, had more than enough organizational power to all but destroy any opposition; to smother any attempt to accurately teach what the Bible really says.  Even to desecrate our own arguments, with dozens, hundreds of sly, false arguments.

 

It would seem all but impossible, for a single person, to successfully combat the vast, conservative machine – or especially one-issue anti-abortion machine within it – that has already dominated America, and has dominated the world.  But it a single person, and one argument or two, has no chance against the rhetoric machines, here and now, finally, our defensive strategy is to offer dozens, a hundred and more, possible counter-arguments, to combat this abuse.  Our method here, is a simple one in principle:  we simply, herein, summarize 100 or so anti-abortion arguments … and supply responses, counter-arguments, to each and every one of them.  To at last, give the Pro Choice camp sufficient ammunition (for the time being). No doubt to be sure, in today’s 24/7 rhetorical operations, our own arguments will soon enough, be countered by still more counter-counter sophistries.  But for the moment, at least a few of our arguments here, one or two should stand.  And that may be enough to even, at last, take the field.  For a moment.  Before still more arguments are required.

 

Today, to be sure, an extremely powerful one-issue, anti-abortion media machine is in existence.  Centered around EWTN.  And due to this powerful machine, a false, anti-abortion theology has played a small but significant role in the Catholic vote; in effect, anti-abortion sentiment was enough to tip the balance, in one election after another, c. 1980-2007.   Though anti-abortionism, the Heretical Church of the Holy Embryo, was never strong enough to utterly dominate religion – and ironically, was never strong enough to actually outlaw abortion itself – still, the anti-abortion movement was extremely virulent.  And when it threw its votes into the “Conservative Coalition,” though its 19% of the voting population was never enough to overthrow Roe v. Wade, it was enough to elect one pro-war “conservative” Republican after another, into office.  And its narrow focus, was more than enough, to stall all other important “issues”; like avoiding unnecessary wars, executions, environmental problems, and problems with Health Care.  Thus anti-abortionism was more than enough to utterly denying the Christ, who never mentioned abortion, but constantly told us to help the poor, and heal the sick.

 

Working clearly against Christ himself, a vast and perverse machine, a false Catholicism, has dominated America and the world, for years.  But finally, there is a way to counter this gross heresy that has been taking over the Church, and taking over American politics; finally at last, there is a way to counter the heresy, which was enough to decide one major election after another in America, c. 1980-2006.   And the way to counter that, is to simply begin here and now, to produce a massive number of counter-arguments to antiabortionism.  Especially, to reveal arguments that suggest that anti-abortionism is weakest, in its claim to have a Biblical, Christian, or Catholic foundation.

 

Here we offer more than one hundred arguments against Pro-Life anti-abortionism (and peripherally, “conservative” Catholicism).  Since Christians do not really listen to any other type of argument than a Bible-based one, here we will focus especially on religious arguments. Showing that first of all:   1) anti-abortionism has no real Biblical basis.  Then showing next, that its 2) ethical arguments are purely sophistical and invalid, unsound.  While showing that 3) if anti-abortionism ever seemed to get any historical support from the Catholic Church, ultimately, the movement was rejected even by the Church itself: it was rejected by aa) Church tradition, and bb) the current Church hierarchy.  As being too narrow:  focusing too much, as Cardinal McCarrick said, on “one issue.” While ignoring other, “proportionate”ly more important issues; as Cardinal Joe Ratzinger – our current “Holy Father,” Pope Benedict XVI – said.

 

It is hard for a single person or two, to defeat a massive “conservative” media machine.  But it is possible.  By offering … a huge number of arguments; by supplying lots of ammunition to our friends.  To defeat the false vision of the Church and of God that has so long determined most elections in America, we offer  in the enclosed document, a summary of over one hundred and fifty religious, biblical, and practical ethical  arguments. Against the hundred or so most common, anti-abortion talking points.  And if one or two of these arguments are temporarily shot down?  Then after all, there are a hundred left.  While it only takes on valid argument, after all.

 

And so here it is:   we here and now offer to the public, our book on “The Pro Life Heresy:  100 Religious, Christian, Biblical, and Catholic Arguments Against Anti-Abortionism.”

 

You Can Help

 

Can even our hundred or more arguments alone, though, be successful?  Today unfortunately, a vast professional network of apologists and spin doctors exists, to try to refute all our points here.  And unfortunately, our single book cannot counter them all, due to limited space.  Even with a hundred or more arguments, still, anything we say here and now will be in turn, eventually attacked by a vast army of debaters, sophists. With arguments we cannot anticipate, or not have the opportunity ourselves to answer. And so all our points here, will eventually need follow-up support … from others.

 

For the moment, to be sure, our hundred and more arguments offered here, might be enough to win the day, for a day or two.  Indeed, the sheer number of our arguments, the sheer number of objections to anti-abortionism, should help; it will be hard for anti-abortionists to answer every single one of them.  (And by the way, our opponents need to answer every single one of them. Even if many of our arguments are defeated, still, it only takes one valid argument, to win our case.  This is to be sure, the shotgun, carpet bombing approach. But after all, it often only takes one bomb on target, that hits the mark, out of a hundred, to win the day). If anyone should hear a seemingly counter-argument, to one or two of our points or another?  Note that we here offer a hundred or more objections to anti-abortionism.  And if the anti-abortion spin doctors imagine they have “disproven” one or two?  Then note that only one, single valid objection is needed, to counter anti-abortionism.  Logically, if any single one of our objections to anti-abortionism is true, that is enough to defeat their cause.   If one gun doesn’t work, try another one.  It only takes one.  Anti-abortionists must defeat not one or two, but every single one of these hundreds.

 

Our hundreds of arguments here by the way, are probably mostly, very good.  But no doubt our critics will soon  find one or two points, among the thousands noted here, that seem weak to them.  And attacking that single weak point, they believe they have “disproven” our case. But note to them that “disproving” one or two of our arguments, is not enough. Logically, they need to disprove … every single one of them.  Since if only one of our hundreds of arguments is true, then that one is enough to stop anti-abortionism.  And surely among our hundred or more answers to anti-abortionism, there are at least one or two that are finally, good.

 

One hundred and more arguments are offered here therefore against a) conservatism in general; against b) EWTN; against c) specifically the Pro Life position; d) especially against the extreme, “one issue,” Pro Life stand.  This should give considerable ammunition, to those who care about the truth.  Still, to be sure, the anti-abortion lobby remains massive, and powerful. The anti-abortion vote has already determined many elections.  It is also well-staffed; there are several individuals and organizations devoted nearly full time, day after day, to generating counter-arguments, against abortion.  In the very new world of interconnected advocacy groups, media machines, talk radio, it is technically impossible to get in the last word.  In this now ongoing, continuous war of words and concepts.   For several reasons.  Indeed, in a sense, mere books, like this one, are insufficient in many ways.  The problem is that books – as Plato and others knew – suffer various limitations, compared to a live opponent.  A book is a relatively static, fixed, object.   It can pack in a great deal of meaning; but no mere book, can anticipate every possible argument against it.  (Even the Bible, the book of John, admits similar limitations in the end; John 21.25).  A mere book in fact, is insufficient in the new world of continuous argument.  A mere static book, written and then after all separated from its author, will not be flexible enough, will not be able to respond, when wave after wave of more countering sophistries are generated every day, to “counter” our own arguments here.  Live sophists will often have the last argument, vs. our static book.  So that finally, there is nothing to prevent even our ramparts of one hundred guns, being overrun; by a future resurgence of “conservatives.” Finally in fact, there is really nothing to defend our position … except in part, you, the reader.  And your own efforts.

 

A new era of the new rhetoric machines, sound bites and advocacy networks, is here.  Conservatives and anti-abortionists, presently already have a live, ongoing, flexible, continuous and current group of organizations.  And their new type of rhetorical machine, was recently enough to easily win the day, against the now obsolete mechanisms of slow, published, reasoned arguments, and the slow corrective and monitoring mechanisms of the traditional Church.  It seems clear therefore, to counter this new kind of argument machine, we ourselves also will need an ongoing presence and organization too.  We need that, to counter the small but very effective, “conservative,” one-issue theology network that so long dominated American events and politics.  And that may one day again, soon, control America … and the world.  Those who care about America, and God, and the world,  therefore must convince themselves – as you must ask yourself, a live, walking talking reader – to help.  And so we ask you yourself, to take up the argument, in whatever state it exists in your own time and situation.  We ask first of all, 1) your personal assistance in presenting these existing arguments, this petition, to various authorities.  And then 2) we ask that you take up our positions and defend them against the inevitable counter-attacks, from the sophists and talk show hosts.  And we ask you to 3) add your own new and better defenses, if any, at the end of this document.

 

Where should the present book, and its arguments, be sent?  First of all, this book could and should be submitted by you to, among other places, the Roman Catholic Church itself.  To:  a) your local minister or Catholic priest.  And to b) your local Catholic Bishop.  To:  c) an appropriate office of USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).  To d) the Vatican offices concerned with media (Office/Congregation of Social Communication, etc.?); and to the office concerned with maintaining doctrinal correctness in the Church (the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith?); and to the Vatican offices that oversee priests, clergy/religious orders.  This letter and book in fact, should be sent also to e) the Pope.  And to various other parties; including say f) Cardinal Roger Mahony (ret.); or g) Cardinal McCarrick (ret.?).

 

This letter of complaint, and accompanying text, h) should especially be sent to the Bishops and Cardinals of dioceses overseeing prominent anti-abortionists.  Including aa) the Bishops and Cardinals presiding over Karl Keating’s diocese, in San Diego; bb) to the Bishop and Cardinal presiding over EWTN, in Birmingham Alabama.  To cc) the supervisors of Fr. Frank Pavone.  And dd) the Bishop of Sheila Liaugminas’ diocese.  Among others.   And to key persons and agencies, in the Vatican or Holy See; including say, the “Pontifical Counsel for the Laity” (address:  Pontificio Consiglio per i Laici, Pallazo San Calisto, 00120 Cittadel Vaticano, Rome, ITALY.   E-mail at pcpl@laity.Vatican. va.  Other relevant Vatican agencies might include the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith; and congregations or offices whose job it is to oversee the various monastic religious orders – like the Franciscan monks, from Steubenville Ohio, who often appear on EWTN/RN)

 

Our book, accompanied by your own letter of introduction, might also be i) sent to various Pro Choice organizations too:  a) like Catholics for Choice; b) NARAL, and so forth.  And to say, c) Rep. Patrick Kennedy; and others who have been attacked by anti-abortionists.  Including say, the d) family and attorney of Dr. Tiller, the anti-abortion doctor assassinated by anti-abortion terrorists, in 2009.  It might also be sent to the DNC – Democratic National Committee; specifically the branch dedicated to presenting the Democratic Party’s outreach to the Catholic Church.

 

 

Our Own Petition to the Roman Catholic Church

Presented Hereby

Our j) present book in any case, is presented here and now, not only as our own open letter, but also as our open but formal petition, to the Catholic Church; a petition requesting action by the Church, against the excesses of Pro Life anti-abortionism. We address our book to all priests, Bishops, Cardinals, and to the Pope.  Especially to those in dioceses overseeing strongly anti-abortionist activists.  To any and all such priests, bishops, we request hereby that they take immediate action against any and all Catholic anti-abortionists.  We request that the Church inform them, that their anti-abortion activities and theology, are not approved, by the leadership of the Church itself. Anti-abortionists also need to be told that their position is currently, a heresy. And that therefore, anti-abortionists, should not present themselves for communion in any Catholic church.

 

Dramatic action not only by the public, but also by priests, Bishops, Cardinals, and by the Pope, is now necessary. Not just to prevent heresy and injustice; recent events make it clear that dramatic action against anti-abortionists, is now even necessary in part, to prevent the rising wave of anti-abortion terrorism.  Recalling here, for example, the recent assassination of abortion doctor Tiller, in 2009.  And Fr. Frank Pavone’s actions in support of anti-abortion terrorism (Pavone repeating on the air, on Relevant Radio?, the addresses of other abortion doctors, not long after this crime).

 

This document should be sent to many different parties.  But this document itself however, by the way, k) should not be presented directly to say, EWTN, or other “Catholic” anti-abortion organizations. Past experience has shown that such organizations, do not listen to any corrections or pastoral criticisms.  Instead, they will merely examine the points carefully … to develop sophistical arguments against them. By now, EWTN/RN and similar operations, are beyond correction.  They are seasoned, well-hardened, professional fighters; with “seared consciences” (1 Tim. 4.2 RSV).  They have already been urged a hundred times,  in a brotherly, pastoral way, by call-in listeners and others, to amend their views … and have refused.  Indeed, EWTN has been advised by priests, bishops, cardinals, saints, and by the current pope, that its position is false. And yet, even when chastised, criticized by Cardinals and the Pope himself, EWTN still has not relented.

 

So that, given Pro Lifer’s proven “stiff-necked”ness in the past, their obdurate and scandalous resistance to the truth for twenty years and more of radio “debate” on this issue, given their often even open refusal to obey even three Cardinals, and the Pope, finally there is little hope of simply converting anti-abortion leaders like EWTN, to the truth.  Sending EWTN our book there, will probably achieve nothing but merely forewarning this well-staffed enemy, of our arguments and tactics.  Therefore, rather than simply sending our book here to anti-abortionists,  the best strategy is now simply … going around this well-entrenched enemy of the Truth and the Church, and of God.  By taking this argument directly to EWTN’s immediate (if in the past, ineffective) superiors:  to the Bishops; but even more to the Cardinals, and the Pope himself, especially.  With proofs offered here, that the Church’s past milder actions have clearly failed; and with our demand here that therefore, the Church now take far, far more forceful and dramatic action against anti-abortionists.  Especially, anti-abortionists should be told that their stance, typically violates the ban by two Cardinals and the Pope, on “one issue,” dis “proportionate” Catholicism.  That therefore their position is a heresy.  And that therefore they should be convicted of heresy, and banned from presenting themselves for communion.

 

This book is in fact addressed in large part, to the Roman Catholic Church as a request, petition, for its action.  But then too of course, we l) wish to hereby present this entire book, to the American people as a whole – and to the whole world.   We offer this as a petition … and as a resource book.  So that at last, ordinary people and scholars will be able to see both sides of the abortion debate.  To defend themselves, to balance, the one-sided, one-issue rhetoric of legions of anti-abortion sophists.  With at last, a more effective response.  With more than one hundred arguments that at last, tell the other side of the story, from what they heard on EWTN.

 

This we finally offer up though, not just to the public, or just to the bishops; but m) all this we offer to, and request, of God:  in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

 

 

[A first version of this chapter, and accompanying text, was sent originally as E-mail, as a petition, to Pope Benedict XVI; E-mail returned.  And as a paper to Catholics for Choice, etc., c. March 09, 2009.  Later c. 2010 it was sent informally to the Vatican, council for the Laity; and published in an earlier form, but with substantially the same content, c. March 2010, on “Brettongarcia’s Blog”; likely it will be offered online in this 2nd edition too.]

 

 

A sample letter of petition,  to be sent at a reader’s discretion,

to any Church official or priest:

 

 

 

A Letter of Petition

To Every Catholic Official,

On the Heresy of Pro-Life Anti-Abortionism,

EWTN/RN, Karl Keating, Fr. Ed Sylvia, Fr. Frank Pavone and “Priests for Life”;

Sheila Liaugminas; Drew Mariani and Relevant Radio; etc.

 

 

 

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Over the past few years, many of us have become concerned about a false “Catholicism” spread by self-appointed, but not officially recognized “Catholic” outlets; like Eternal Word Television Network; EWTN/RN.  These and other organizations, and individuals, have often presented themselves as the official voice of the Catholic Church – although in fact, they have had no such official status.  They are private, non-profit organizations, that falsely present themselves as if they were the voice of the Church.  Even as they present actually, theologies that are false.

Especially, many “Catholic” organizations are involved in generating a “conservative,” radical, one-issue anti-abortion “Catholic” message.  One which ends up insisting that all Catholics must vote for conservative, anti-abortion candidates.  Which means we are told in effect, that the Church, God, order us to vote for Republicans, in every election.

Many millions of people have heard this false theology, uttered in the name of the Church.  And then too, priests and nuns who appear occasionally in these networks, are being over-influenced by them; so that today even priets issue as doctrine and dogma, words, anti-abortion theologies, not consistent with the larger message and social concerns of the Church.  (While indeed, the rabid anti-abortionism of many organizations, is inconsistent with the Bible itself.)

Real Catholic leadership, in Washington and elsewhere – including several Cardinals; including Cardinal Mahony, Cardinal McCarrick of the USCCB, and Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) – have noted severe sins in major “Catholic” media like EWTN/RN.  In particular, the Cardinals and the Pope, have noted problems with any such dis- “proportionate,” “one-issue” theology.  A too narrow, one-issue anti-abortionism is a mainstay of all too many organizations, like EWTN/RN; Karl Keating’s various organizations, like Catholic Answers; Father Frank Pavone’s “Priests for Life.” And many individuals present this false one issue theology, to the world:   including Sheila Liaugminas, Jonnette Benkovic, Fr. Ed Sylvia, Drew Mariani, and so forth.  These persons and organizations, have contributed to the dissemination of an often radically political, “conservative” Republican message.  One that insists or continually implies, that we must always vote for the most anti-abortion candidate in every election.  Which insists therefore, that Catholics must vote for Republicans, in every election.  While ignoring Democrats, and the importance of other social issues; like helping the poor, and the sick. 

There is a problem with such organizations and individuals, and their radical, Pro Life anti-abortion theology. A recent book, notes a hundred and more objections to them.  Among other things, EWTN/RN and associates,  are acting in direct contradiction to, disobedience to, Cardinal McCarrick and the USCCB.  A cardinal who denounced such “one issue” Catholicism.  And indeed, anti-abortionists are acting in direct disobedience to Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI/16th’s insistence (in his letter on the worthiness of pro abortion candidates to receive communion) that Catholics and others can vote for pro-abortion candidates, voting for pro-abortion candidates, “can be permitted.” In the presence of “proportionate” reasons.  That is, we can vote for pro-abortion candidates, if their stand on other issues, like health and so forth, outweighs the relatively minor issue of abortion.

Then too, in addition to recent Church authority contradicting Pro Life antiabortionism, we will note that the Bible itself allows abortion, (in Num. 5); and suggests that the “child” in womb is as-yet un-“formed.”  So that later saints and theologians of the Church  – like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas – said that the young embryo was not sufficiently formed to have a “soul.”  So that therefore,  the embryo was not fully human, even “from conception.” And therefore, aborting it was not a great sin; not as great as say, murder.

 

We therefore ask for your assistance in finally, firmly addressing and fixing continuing theologian sins and errors in “Catholic” Pro Choice anti-abortionism.  As found especially in EWTN and other radically anti-abortionist organs. To assist you in this effort, to familiarize you with this problem, we refer to you one useful text on this subject:  the anonymous text on The Pro Life Heresy; 100 Biblical and Doctrinal Arguments Against Anti-Abortionism.

To guide corrective measures, we present the attached 400-page document.  Which is an exhaustive review of a hundred or more theological problems with 1) EWTN/RN and Mother Angelica.  And 2) especially with its “one-issue” anti-abortionism.  The prevailing variation on Pro Choice anti-abortionism, that insists that Americans, Catholics, must always vote for the most anti-abortion candidate in every election; which has meant in effect, that anti-abortionist organizations and individuals claim that the Church says, that Americans must vote Republican in every election.  A false theology that has, unfortunately, determined one election in American after another, for pro-military, pro-war Republicans, since c. 1980, 2000, 2004.  For candidates that are “good” on the “one issue” of abortion; but who were not so good on other issues, like avoiding unnecessary wars, and environmental disasters.  Issues that put millions, even billions, of lives at risk.

.  .  .

The attached book, may be of  use to you, and to the church. It devotes itself not only to a 1) a (nearly) exhaustive summary of more than 100 theological problems, with the radical anti-abortionism of EWTN and other churches.  Among the many problems with anti-abortionism, it includes a 2) summary of reported conflicts between EWTN and the Church; conflicts between anti-abortionists, and Cardinal Mahony, and Cardinal McCarrick.  And finally, conflicts with Cardinal Joe Ratzinger.  Who is now Benedict XVI.

For 28 years or so, there have existed a number individuals and organizations, that have self-appointed themselves, present themselves, as the voice of the Church.  But these organizations are not officially the voice of the Church, at all.  Indeed, they are not only not the official, authorized voice of the Church, but actually have presented a false theology, a false image of the Church, to America and the world; a false theology which unfortunately, has determined one election after another, in America for example.  And furthermore, a quick “listen” to the current, 2009 message of EWTN for example, shows that unfortunately,  the false para-theology of EWTN for instance, did not cease with the resignation of Mother Angelica.  But continues to this very day; to play a major role in American life and elections.  And through America, this false theology dominates the world.

EWTN and associated agencies, with their radically anti-abortion message, represent a major, continuing problem for, heresy within, the Church.  A problem that was, unfortunately, not resolved by the resignation of Mother Angelica, the founder of EWTN/RN.  Indeed in spite of that, the radical and false para- theology of EWTN, its “one issue” anti-abortionism, continues even today.  Influencing elections in the interest of electing pro-war Republican “conservatives” to office.

Recognizing this abuse, and in light of the fact that  the Church’s problems with EWTN and associated organizations are far from over, concerned citizens have devoted a great deal of time, to producing the enclosed 400-page document; to try summarize the many Church objections to EWTN, and its dis “proportionate,” one “issue” anti-abortionism.  Expanding on problems with this theology, noted by Cardinals McCarrick and Ratzinger/ Pope Benedict XVI.

Concerned citizens have devoted a great deal of time to the attached document … and now we would like to present it, to 1) the American public in general.  But also 2) more pointedly,  to the appropriate agencies within the Church.  As a formal petition against EWTN and radical “Catholic” anti-abortionism.  And as a 3) formal request for response and action, by you, or appropriate Catholic agencies.

We would like to see someone send this letter and our 400 page book to especially, the Vatican itself.   (The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, etc.?).

Can you yourself, help us here?  First, 1) by addressing the problems of  dis “proportionate” “one issue” anti-abortionism, in your own church.  But then also, 2) by speaking with/presenting an authorized copy of our text, “The Pro-Life, Anti-Abortion Heresy,” to various Church officials?

In particular, this book should come to the attention of local priests, and bishops.  Ultimately we ask those with contacts in the Church hierarchy, to forward this, and discuss it with the USCCB, and the Vatican.

We ourselves would submit this directly to the Vatican, etc..  But we are uncertain as to the precise address, E-mail. And in any case, we would like to “work through existing channels,” first.

Can you help us present this case against the anti-abortionism – the false theology or heresy that dominates more and much churches today – to appropriate agencies and individuals?

This we ask, in the name of God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Sincerely;

PETITIONERS TO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND THE POPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chapter 7

 

 

Fixing This:

 

FORMAL CHARGES OF HERESY

ARE BROUGHT HEREBY,

AGAINST EWTN/RN, RELEVANT RADIO,

PRIESTS FOR LIFE, AND ASSOCIATES:

 

 

 

Eternal Word Television Network – EWTN/RN – and associate persons, have disobeyed, topspun, too many authoritative elements of the Church.  EWTN has appeared to support, but often gone against, the core authority of the Church.  It has opposed the core Traditions of the Church; opposing not “just” two or three contemporary Cardinals, and the current Pope, but also opposing one of the major saints of the church – St. Thomas Aquinas.  It has done this consistently, over several decades; and has broadcast its resistance, its false doctrines, to tens of millions of Catholics; electing many pro-military political candidates to office, and neglecting environmental concerns.  Finally, EWTN’s resistance to core Church authority and Tradition is so extreme, so adamant, so scandalous, and the result has been so disastrous, that finally, there is today no remedy to fix this – other than that EWTN/RN and its major anti-abortion associates, should be – formally, publicly, accused of the sin of “heresy.”  Of going against the Church.  Of heresy against the Roman Catholic Church.  And against God.  A charge we bring here and now, against EWTN/RN and associates, and related organizations like Frank Pavone’s “Priests for Life,” and Relevant Radio.

 

What is “heresy”?  In the typically elliptical, language of the larger, “universal” Catechism of the Catholic Church, (USCCB approved c. 2000 edition, say), “heresy” is hard to define.  But in popular, ordinary language, it is easy enough.  In a standard dictionary definition, in Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, heresy is simply this:   “adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma”; a “denial of a revealed truth by a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church.”  And this clearly describes what organizations like EWRN have done.  We here – along with several Cardinals and “Our Holy Father,” Pope Benedict XVI –  have found that a very close look at what EWTN has said, shows that EWTN/RN does not adhere to a true, accurate review of Catholic doctrine, dogma, tradition, on key subjects pertaining to, specifically, abortion.  Therefore, global Catholic talk radio especially, has been guilty of in effect, the crime of heresy.  It has departed significantly, obstinately, publicly, repeatedly – and, scandalously, and with potentially immense destructive effect – from what the Church, the cardinals and the Pope, have said.   And from what the Bible and God said as well.

 

EWTN is therefore, guilty of heresy.  Against the Church, and against God.  And so, what should be done about this, next?

 

What should be done about this heresy?  In the past, many, many mild corrections, and even more severe disciplinary actions, were apparently attempted by the Church itself, against EWTN/RN and its founder, Mother Angelica.  Mother Angelica had, among countless other offenses, publicly chastised a Bishop, a Cardinal – Bishop/Cardinal Mahony – on the air.  So that Mahony apparently sought action against her.  But this was not the only time EWTN publicly defied a cardinal.  In addition, several more key Cardinals – like Cardinal McCarrick, who was then head of the USCCB, the agency that oversees all American bishops – condemned the network’s “one issue” Catholicism;  Card. McCarrick also assured us, that the Church is “not telling us how to vote.”  While finally, a third, very prominent Cardinal indeed – Cardinal Joe Ratzinger, then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the Vatican itself –  wrote a memo, against anti-abortionists’ dis-“proportionate” stance.  In Ratzinger’s “Worthiness to Receive,” 2004 memo.  This last censure of EWTN and anti-abortionism, by Cardinal Ratzinger was especially definitive; Cardinal Ratzinger was at the time of the memo, the head of the very Vatican agency, whose job it was to determine whether any given doctrine was consistent with the Church’s doctrines; and in effect, Ratzinger determined it was not.  This extremely definitive Cardinal’s decision moreover, was to become even more definitive.  When, in 2005, Cardinal Joe Ratzinger, became the Pope; “Our Holy Father,” Benedict XVI.

 

At least three cardinals and a pope have criticized EWTN and/or its major doctrine; and yet obviously, none of them have been successful in stopping them; EWTN has adamantly, persistently, rebelled against the Cardinals, and the Pope himself.  So what now, finally, should now be done about EWTN/RN and one-issue anti-abortionism therefore?  One-issue anti-abortionism has already been repeatedly censured by the Church; by three Cardinals, and a Pope; but scandalously, EWTN/RN has not changed, or repented of its sins.  So what should good Catholics – and good patriotic Americans and others – do?

 

What finally, can we do?  What can we do when a major media outlet, like EWTN, presents false doctrines, even as it insists it is the voice of Catholicism; even as it insists that it is, by implication, the very voice of God?  Even as it continues to oppose three Cardinals, and a Pope, and to oppose the very core of Catholic Tradition?  When it openly denigrates saints, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas?  When it opposes the Bible and God?  When it has used a false doctrine, to influence the votes of millions of people, and determine the course of the whole world, in the name of a false theology?  When it has done this, in spite of constant efforts of call-in listeners, and finally even Cardinals and the Pope, to correct it?

 

Finally, when any person or organization that represents itself as “Catholic,” does all that, it is obviously extremely deceitful, hypocritical, sinful, willfully rebellious, and persistent in its sins.  So that finally there is nothing left to do now, except for the Church to take very, very strong action against this network – and associates.  Including especially, “Priests for Life.”  Which is precisely the main representative today, of the “one issue” Catholicsm that so many Cardinals and bishops and popes rightly opposed.

 

Specifically what measures should now be taken against EWTN/RN, Relevant Radio, and associates?  Finally, their sins and rebellions against the Church, having been so egregious, and persistent, and scandalous, there is no real choice here:  the network itself, and/or key figures on EWTN/RN, should a) be publicly refused Communion.  As they are b) tried publicly, formally, for heresy.

 

 

 

Earlier, Failed Efforts by the Church,

To Correct This Problem

 

 

 

Major “Catholic” media – Eternal Word Television Network, and its anti-abortionist guests, and Relevant Radio – have persisted in hundreds of public rebellions and sly subterfuges against the Church.  EWTN’s head and founder, Mother Angelica, personally and publicly, on the air, rebelled against Church leadership, Cardinal Mahony.   And caused a public scandal.  Eventually, EWTN/RN ignored the orders of at least three cardinals – including the Pope.  Yet this media network persists obstinately in its sins.  Misleading itself … and tens of millions of others.   In a theology which attacks the very heart of humanity and religion too:  attacking the mind, intelligencel; attacking the spirit or soul.

 

The sin of Neo Conservative Catholics, continues today, unabated.  Any listener who today tunes in to the radio branch of EWTN,  EWRN, as webstreamed on the Internet, will quickly find that, in spite of repeated censure by three cardinals and the “Our Holy Father,” EWTN and related organizations and individuals like Relevant Radio and Sheila Liaugminas, have not cased to promulgate a radical, heretical, one issue anti-abortionism.  A quick check of just a few shows on EWTN today, c. 2009, will easily confirm that today the network is still espousing, uncorrected, its classic, even “one issue” anti-abortionism.  On particularly, EWRN shows like “The Good Fight” with Barb McGuigan (EWTN live, 2-3:30 PM Chicago time? Saturday).  Or on shows like “Defending Life” with Father Frank Pavone, (6:30 PRM Sat.).  Or on “Women of Grace,” with Johnnette Benkovic and Father Edmund Sylvia, (11 AM).  While indeed, organizations like Fr. Frank Pavone’s “Priests for Life” are consciously, explicitly centered around “one issue” Catholicism – in this case, one-issue, Pro-“Life,” anti-abortionism – condemned by Cardinal McCarrick and Pope Benedict XVI.  Clearly these organizations are in rebellion against the Church and the Pope.  Just one more example, among thousands:  in the EWRN Lenten morning Mass, on March. 4, 2010, the homily for Lent as usual at EWTN, is mostly about abortion and the embryo.  The speaker greeted us first of all, before a word about God himself, with a statement of support for anti-abortion organizations.  Then the homily assures us incorrectly, that the Church says no one can cooperate in any way with abortion, because that is cooperation with evil; which we are told cannot be done, even for a greater good, like “social” goods.  Yet this homily is incorrect; the speaker – an priest, from the Birmingham Alabama diocese? – is rebelling against  Pope John Paul II.  Who told us in his 2004 memo that voting for a pro-abortion candidate for example, is only “remote material cooperation” with evil; and therefore, “can be permitted.”  Probably listeners of EWTN, in Irondale AL, should start regularly informing the bishop of EWTN’s Birmingham diocese, that his priests regularly contradict/rebel against, the Pope, Benedict XVI, by over-stressing the matter of Abortion.  The current bishop for EWTN’s Birmingham diocese, Bishop Robert Baker can, as of 2010, be reached at the Catholic Church’s Birmingham Diocese headquarters, adelbueno@bhmdisocese.org).

 

The heresy of anti-abortionism continues today therefore, on the many self-appointed conservative “Catholic” media networks; and increasingly even in churches.  While if anything, it is all picking up speed.  In fact, the heresy has recently all but taken over one Vatican court, in the person of EWTN protégé, Archbishop Burke.   (Though Burke was in effect criticized by Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, who rescinded his invitation to speak in Westminster Cathedral; as reported in Nat. Cath. Reporter, March 26, 2009; and Telegraph.co.uk, Feb. 16, 2009).

 

In effect, the heresy of anti-abortionism is even now, taking over the Vatican itself.  And we see this manifested in very real, very consequential actions in ordinary political life.  On Oct. 28, 2009 for example, Sheila Liaugminas crowed on the Drew Mariani Show, on Relevant Radio, that a local bishop had publicly corrected, rebuked, excommunicated, Democratic congressman Rep. Patrick Kennedy.  Kennedy was criticized, for daring to suggested in effect, that democratic issues like Health Care to help the poor and heal the sick, might be more important than anti-abortionism.  And late in 2009/2010, Kennedy announced that he would not run for re-election.  So that Sheila Liuagminas and other anti-abortionists, elements of the Church, were intervening successfully in American political affairs.

 

Clearly the heresy of anti-abortionism continues – and it is now successfully intervening too, in political events.  Clearly too, all the milder – and even the rather more extreme – pastoral attempts to correct anti-abortionism, have been utterly ineffective.  Even the most casual survey of recent material from EWTN/RN and related organizations, will show that they are still espousing many false theologies – especially, a false anti-abortionism. Even today.  And that false theology, is even now having very real effects in the world, on millions of others.  Most recently, it effectively defeated one of the major works of God:  the attempt to give better health insurance, health care, to poor people.

 

In spite of the efforts (at least) three Cardinals and the Pope, a false, “conservative,” anti-abortion theology, is now taking over the Church, and taking over the world.  So what should we or the Church now do?  In the past, many key authorities in the Church have tried many times – along with many others – to simply ask EWTN/RN and others to reform.  Yet all previous attempts to simply, politely ask for reform, have failed

 

Most of following remedies, for example, have been previously tried by the Church against EWTN and against anti-abortionism. But none of these previous efforts against EWTN, have succeeded:

 

 

Priests and others, speaking to EWTN and associates privately, was a too-mild remedy, which has not worked so far.

 

Nor were calls on the air, from listeners objecting to EWTN, effective.  These were immediately countered by sophistries, and any effective arguments were taken off the air.

 

Nor were pleadings or alarms by one or two American Bishops and Cardinals against EWTN, and/or “one issue” Catholicism – by Cardinals Mahony, and McCarrick; Bishop Steib – enough.

 

Nor was a memo from the Pope himself,  saying that voting for pro-abortion candidates, “can be permitted,” enough (Joe Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, “Worthiness to Receive,” 2004 Memo).

 

Nor was this matter being publicly raised in the Catholic Press enough. (As found above, for example, in Catholic Reporter articles).  Nor even were cartoons in the national press enough to slow down Karl Keating and EWTN either.

 

Nor did a Cardinal (Mahony) in effect accusing the head of EWTN, Mother Angelica, of apostasy, or heresy, stop EWTN.  Or stop Johnnette Benkovic, or Father Edmund Sylvia, or Father Frank Pavone, etc..

 

Nor did the actual resignation of Mother Angelica stop this. The abuses continue to this very day.

 

While any and all other attempts by the Church to assert control of the network have also manifestly failed.  (Given that the network’s anti-abortion message is continuing today, unabated).

 

 

Literally hundreds of different attempts have been made – some mild, but some more severe – to reform EWTN/RN.  Hundreds of attempts have been made by private citizens, and by the Church hierarchy.  But none of these many earlier attempts have been effective.

 

Milder remedies having failed, what must the Church now do, to finally end this?  Countless mild, pastoral remedies having clearly failed, and EWTN/RN having persistently, deliberately, consistently resisted even corrections by at least three Cardinals of the Church and by the Pope himself, finally, there is no recourse but for the Church itself to today, take far, far more serious and drastic and public action.  Against EWTN/RN et alia..

 

 

The Sins of EWTN

Continue Today

 

For some time,  a fatal heresy has been taking over “Catholic” media, and even the Church itself:  the “Pro Life” heresy.  The heresy of  anti-abortionism.  Which continually tells the people that the issue of abortion is extremely important.  So important that the most common version of this false doctrine, tells millions of people that we must always vote for the most anti-abortion candidate, in an election.  And, since the most anti-abortion political party in America is the Republican Party, in this heresy, the Church, God, implicitly command us to vote Republican; even in every election.

 

This is the main or distinctive message, of many major Catholic institutions like EWTN/RN and Relevant Radio.  But this message is a gross and deadly, false theology; this message has been opposed by many, many high Church authorities.  Yet no previous attempts by the Church or anyone else, to end this bad theology, this false doctrine, have been successful.  All mild efforts have failed.  Even the semi-public criticism of EWTN/RN founder and head, Mother Angelica, by a Cardinal – Cardinal Mahony – failed.  Even the fairly direct criticism of Pro Life anti-abortionism, by two more Cardinals and the Pope – their criticism of one “issue,” dis “proportionate” Catholicism – have also failed to correct all this.  While today, the false doctrine, the heresy of anti-abortionism, is growing; recently EWTN/RN protégé,  Archbishop Burke, was appointed to the Vatican court.

 

Today, the heresy of anti-abortionism, is poised to formally take over the Vatican, and the entire Church.  So what can be done?  EWTN/RN and the anti-abortion movement, have on the surface pretended to remain, at least superficially, loyal to the Church – while actually defying Christian Tradition more and more deeply.  Presenting itself as the “conservative” voice of the traditional Church, we will have been showing here that deeper down, EWTN has actually not followed the Church at all.  But has actually been betraying the Church and God; furthering actually, not God, but a “conservative”/”liberal” social political philosophy.  One which serves in part liberals, but even more, serves the “conservative” wing of the Republican Party.

 

The Pro Life network has been falsely presenting its own, false, social/political “traditions of men,” as the traditions of the Church, and of God.  Worse, it has been far more influential than one might have thought; its small but decisive vote, has dominated, leveraged, one election after another.  Dominating politics and elections, and thereby eventually America and the world, with a false theology, for nearly 30 years.  Dominating the Church, and America– and through that, the whole world – with a false idea of God and a False (idea of) Christ.  A very destructive false Christ, in fact.

 

For many years, Pro Life Neo Cons have spread a false idea of the Church and of God; one that protects only the lives of embryos, above all other thing.  For Father Frank Pavone, “Defending Life” for all practical purposes means, 99% of the time, defending only embryos … and letting everyone else die.   In particular, Pro Lifers are unified with supernationalism; and stress and allow support for the troops, and for military actions and wars. While they neglect peace and the environment, floods and famines; and neglect public health.  The false doctrine of Pro Life anti-abortionism, values only the single issue, only the life of the embryo; neglecting the more numerous  – and undoubtedly human – lives of grown children, adults.  Finally, because of this narrow one issue focus, countless lives will have been unnecessarily lost.  Due to the neglect, by obsessively narrow anti-abortionists, of “other issues”; like unnecessary wars, by the neglect of environmental and health issues.  Anti-abortionists try to suggest that their own issue outweighs all others, because of the massive number of abortions.  But that assertion depends – as do all other anti-abortion arguments – on a number of false premises.  On the premise for example that a) the embryo is a full human being; and b) that it outweighs all other considerations therefore.  But we will have shown here that these – and a hundred other arguments – against abortion, are false.  While we also have shown that anti-abortionism is literally, physically fatal.

 

A false – and literally, physically fatal – doctrine, therefore, is currently dominating the world.  It is time therefore, for the Church to take a much, much longer, harder look at the obstinate rebellion, against God and the Church, by EWTN/RN and related agencies.  Indeed, the Church should soon take far, far more dramatic and public action, against EWTN/RN, and related agencies and individuals.

 

As a major part of an accusation of heresy, a recommendation for excommunication of anti-abortionists from the Church, we might review briefly, the appalling record of EWTN/RN, as regards specifically, the authority of the church.  The Pro Life movement, specifically EWTN/RN, has defied at least three Cardinals, including the Pope:

 

 

111)     # 197 EWTN/RN and related organizations like Fr. Frank Pavone’s “Priests for Life,” have defied the Pope.   Specifically, they have disobeyed Pope Benedict XVI’s directive against dis-“proportion”ate emphasis on just one issue, like abortion; when he specifically said that voting for pro-abortion candidates, “can be permitted” (in Joe Ratzinger’s 2004 memo, “Worthiness to Receive”).  Even today, they continue to broadcast, they have not sufficiently renounced, their heretical, one-issue, anti-abortionism.  (Their position being continually reaffirmed to this day; to take one recent example at random, by Colin Donovan on EWRN, 3:12 ff PM Central time, March 5, 2010.)

 

112)     # 198 EWTN etc. have defied Cardinal McCarrick, who was then head of the USCCB.  When he spoke against one-“issue” anti-abortionism.

 

113)     # 199 EWTN’s head, Mother Angelica, openly spoke against Cardinal Mahony.  And defied his corrective orders.  Until her resignation c. 2000, after a stroke.

 

Anti-abortionists therefore, defied at least three Cardinals, including the present Pope.  Ignoring the directives of the Cardinals, EWTN and anti-abortion organizations like Fr. Frank Pavone’s “Priests for Life” have continued to broadcast their dis-“proportionate,” heretical, one-“issue,” anti-abortionism, worldwide.  While all efforts by the Church leadership to date, to stop this – including the efforts of three cardinals, and the Pope himself –  have been utterly ignored.

 

114)     # 200 EWTN/RN has at times appeared to support the saints … but then even opposed saints.  Notably, it opposed St. Augustine, and the en-“soul”ment issue.  When he suggested that the young embryo was not fully a human with a rational soul.  Then? Even St. Thomas Aquinas.  When, in spite of his own anti-abortionism, this saint also confirmed that a very young embryo is not fully “formed,” or “ensoul”ed.

 

115)     # 201 When EWTN opposed St. Thomas Aquinas, it opposed a saint whose theology was mandated by the 1917 Canon (revised in 1918), to be the primary theology taught in seminaries, (canons 589:1, and 1366:2).  So that EWTN is in violation of canon law.

 

116)     # 202 Then too, we here find that the Bible itself, did not support anti-abortionism; so EWTN disobeyed the Bible.  (Ps. 139; Numb. 5.14-30).

 

117)     # 203 So that, in spite of its own protestations and belief in its own piety and obedience, EWTN/RN actually a) defies the Church.  And for that matter, the Pro Life movement b) defies God.

 

 

Given all  the sins of EWTN/RN, why has the Church failed to control it?  In part it is because the Church has been unprepared.  It has been taken aback, confronting for the first time, the surprisingly sophisticated resources of full-time talk-radio, and spin-doctoring organizations.  Like the countless organizations behind Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Hannity, and Karl Keating, and “Priests for Life.”  Against the well-oiled machine of contemporary talk-show rhetoric, these argument machines, the traditional Church has been completely outflanked.  (As were liberal Democrats too; until Obama set up a special web site to answer right-wing radio talking points, in his campaign).

 

Pro Life anti-abortionism is actually against the Church, the Bible, and against God.  But today, the anti-abortion heresy is spreading.  Indeed, it has long since controlled countless elections, from c. 1980-2008.  And it has been also taking over, even priests.  Even bishops; as when one bishop just yesterday, criticized Rep. Patrick Kennedy (Dem. R. I.), for supporting Health Care, over anti-abortionism (Bishop Tobin; a 2007 incident reported Oct. 28, 2009).  So that today the heresy is spreading, even to bishops. And it is effective; one target of the Bishops, Patrick Kennedy, announced that he would not seek re-election. Having solidified support in the Church, anti-abortionists’ continue to attempt to effect the vote; so that once again The Roman Catholic Church can be accused of interfering with internal governmental/political affairs, in America, and the world.  In possible violation of many national treaties and laws.  (The Lateran Treaty; or of the various treaties that protect the national sovereignty, the elector process, of nations like America).

 

So what should now be done?  Now that all previous efforts by Cardinals and Popes, to discipline the anti-abortion movement, have clearly, totally failed.  Now that anti-abortionism is as big as ever in the church; indeed, as it is growing bolder every day.  Until it is fixed, as long as it controls the Church, the Church itself can now be accused of acting politically, interfering with elections.

 

How many times and in how many ways, has EWTN and the Pro Life movement resisted the Church?

 

118)     # 204 The movement has resisted ecclesiastical and legal actions taken against it.  Legal and pastoral initiatives, attempts by the Church to gain legal control or ownership of EWTN network, have apparently failed.  Chris Ferrara reports that when the fight between Mother Angelica and the Church came to a head, around 1997, the Church demanded and got, Mother Angelica’s resignation, c. 2000 AD.  At that time, it is reported, the Church attempted to assert its own ownership or control of the network.  But the attempt by the Church to gain control of the network it is said, simply failed.  Leaving the network in the hands of a rebellious, unqualified, and obstinate lay staff.  (See Ferrara’s web site advertising his book, “EWTN:  A Network Gone Wrong”).

 

119)     # 205 Given its increased activity in politics, attempting to effect legislation – activity which is often illegal under IRS laws for non-profit organizations, 501 (c)(3)’s – some like Ms. Kessling (of Catholics for Choice?) might suggest the IRS could be assisted in investigating EWTN or allied organizations, like Keating’s Catholic Answers Live and so forth.  But these organizations have already apparently come under fire from the IRS and other government agencies.  For potentially disobeying the law; the laws forbidding non-profit religious organizations, from engaging in open political activity, in favor of a particular political party, etc..  But those efforts have failed.  Apparently, Karl Keating for example just changed the name of his organization, and/or filed for a different non-profit status.  (More recently in 2009, Keating filed a counter suit against the IRS for harassment; though a federal judge dismissed the suit, dependent on the false assumption that the offense would not be repeated).

 

Even as they claim fidelity to the Church, EWTN and related Pro Life agencies and individuals, has rebelled against at least three cardinals and the Pope – and they have violated countless policies and doctrines of the Church.  Some suggest they may also have violated many governments’ laws as well (American, Italian, etc.). Even as it claims fidelity to the Church, EWTN/RN has rebelled against the Cardinals and the Pope;  against two saints; against canon law, and against the very core of Catholic Tradition and magisterium.  In effect, EWTN has rebelled against the Church, and against God.

 

Countless remedies to fix this, have been earlier attempted; among others, by the Church, the Cardinals, the Pope, against EWTN/RN, or anti-abortionism.  But clearly, all previous measures have failed.  Even the occasional presence of dozens of priests in the midst of these various anti-abortion organizations, has not corrected these heretical organizations.  Instead, the influence has gone the other way.  Far from the presence of priests moderating and correcting the message of Catholic anti-abortion organizations, instead, these organizations converted priests, even bishops, to the anti-abortion heresy.

 

Today, even Bishops and Archbishops have been infected by the Pro Abortion Heresy.  To cite just one recent example at random:  some time on or after Oct. 28, 2009, anti-abortionist Sheila Liaugminas, on the Drew Mariani Show, Relevant Radio, crowed that a bishop had publicly chastised Rep. Kennedy, for daring to suggest that health care for the poor, Universal Health Care, was more important than anti-abortionism. Thus once again, the narrow fixation of anti-abortionism, actually denigrates Jesus:  denigrates the God who told us hundreds of times to a) heal the sick and b) help the poor.  Jesus himself has been abandoned.  In c) favor of a radical anti-abortionist political creed.  A creed never mentioned explicitly in the Bible, not even once, has replaced the support for the poor and the sick that was one of the main issues of God and Jesus.  Thus the single “issue” of abortion, as the Cardinals warned, now crowds out “other issues,” that are much more central to Christianity; issues mentioned hundreds, even thousands of times, by God. Today, for many people in the Church, there are no human lives that are worth anything – except the life of the embryo.

 

Thus, by anti-abortionism’s extreme, “one issue” narrowness, Jesus and God have been abandoned.   (While the continued degradation of the environment” is a continued threat, said the current Holy Father?  The second week in Dec., 2009.  Benedict XVI is now called the “Green Pope.”).

 

The 1) Pro Life movement is a heresy.  Worse, 2) it is literally a physically fatal one; no one knows how many millions of lives will be lost, because of this heresy’s narrow focus just on a single issue, on embryos; ignoring and denigrating all other, human lives.  Worse, 3) today the heresy of Pro-Lifers, of anti-abortionism, is stronger than ever – and growing.  Clearly, 4) the milder efforts by the Church, the Pope, to reform it, have failed.  For that matter finally, even the rather indirect but dramatic intervention by three cardinals and the Pope, have not stopped this heresy from taking over nuns, priests, and bishops.  From taking over America; and dominating one election after another.  And then, by dominating America, this false theology has dominated, leveraged, the whole earth.

 

So what finally, must now be done?  By the Church, and others?  In the name of God?

 

 

RECOMMENDED:

STRONG, DRAMATIC ACTIONS

BY THE CHURCH,

ARE NOW NEEDED,

AGAINST EWTN, EWRN,

FR. FRANK PAVONE,

SHEILA LIAUGMINAS, ETC.

 

 

What can be done to stop the runaway train of Pro Life anti-abortionism?  When the efforts of (at least) three Cardinals, and the Pope himself, have not stopped it?  It is hoped that our present book might be helpful; having outlining a hundred or more Biblical and Catholic and ethical arguments against anti-abortionism (including but not limited to, one-issue anti-abortionism).  The public and the clergy can use our present book, as a defense manual against the radical anti-abortionism of elements of the Church.

 

But to be sure, readers should remember that all previous attempts, at merely presenting more intellectual arguments against EWTN – like our own; like the memo from the Pope, like countless academic papers in support of abortion – have failed in the past.  All such efforts to point out the falsities in Pro Life politics were in the past, simply ignored by media organizations like EWTN.  Or turned into simplified straw-men, to be shot down, on the air, in front of millions.  By the legions of sophistical apologists and talk show hosts that today utterly dominate Catholic radio & TV media.

 

And so is our own present book, is any further simple debate of this subject, useful?  Or is any real debate on this subject even possible?  Today, on many subjects like abortion, there is very little honest, true public “debate.” All we hear is just one side of any given question, on any given media outlet.  And unfortunately, current “conservative” “Catholic”media , have presented, overwhelmingly, only the Republican, “conservative” side of nearly every single issue.  There is no real debate or free an open discussion on talk radio.  From conservative Catholic media,  the public is never adequately informed of the pro-abortion side; all the public hears offered in the name of Catholicism and God, are one-sided, radical, politically-motivated, “conservative,” anti-abortion messages.   And nothing else.  Thanks to the domination of “Catholic” media like EWRN, Relevant Radio, by narrow one-issue organizations like “Priests for Life,” and to rebellious Catholic women like Sheila Liaugminas, all the public hears issued in the name of Catholicism today, in Catholic media, are the heresies of conservatism, and anti-abortionism.   While, against Liaugminas and Fr. Frank Pavone, the voice of saints like St. Thomas Aquinas and Saint Augustine, are almost never heard.  Indeed, the voice of God himself, is never really heard, on EWTN/RN.  Only the voice of the Republican Party.  Presenting itself as God.

 

How can this travesty be ended?  What can the Church do?  Finally, the Church needs to understand what is the core source of this problem, of this growing heresy:  the very center of the problem, of the heresies, is 1) the new lay “Catholic” advocacy organizations and networks.  At the very, very core, especially, is 2) Eternal Word Television Network; including most especially and particularly, 3) its radio branch, Eternal Word Radio network.  These relatively new media organizations are the major source of the new conservative heresies.  First they have been a problem, because a) they are often headed and b) most staffed by lay individuals.  By non priests – c) who have their own lay, social/political philosophy and agendas.  The problem is that they have a “conservative” political bias especially.  The current vast, interlacing web of  “conservative” Catholic and especially anti-abortion organizations and individuals, does not “full”y, accurately reflect the “fullness,” the full diversity, of the Roman Catholic Church; including its many liberal elements.  Nor can such d) unmonitored, unofficial organizations, full of non-priests, present the Church’s official stance, on anything.   They have no such authority.  Though they have constantly presented themselves as the voice of the Church, and of God.

 

That therefore, is the major source of the new heresies.  And so, to fix this?  To fix all this, first, the Church needs to warn the people.  The people desperately need to be warned; need to be reminded several times a day, very prominently, on these networks themselves, that these organizations do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Roman Catholic Church.  The public needs to know that these organizations merely broadcast their own, private, personal, biased idea of what the Catholic Church is saying … or what they think it ought to say.  The public needs to be warned that e) the whole world has been mislead, by false prophets, false media talking idols.  Who have presented a false vision of the Church, a false image of Christ, to the whole world.

 

How to stop this abuse?  In particular, f) the public needs to know that such organizations and individuals as EWTN and Relevant Radio, misuse the word “Catholic”; because they present only misleading fragments of Church sayings.  These networks have a political bias, an ax to grind.  And so they do not present a full and balanced view of the Church; but instead present only the misrepresentative parts, parts taken out of context.  Such networks present only the parts of what the Church says,  that seem to support their own radical political philosophies.  While these new media and advocacy organizations, just ignore – or “twist” –  the other parts of Church doctrines.  The parts that do not support their radical, narrow, one-issue position.  Countless examples can be found of this on EWTN daily.  But one example at random:  consider the misleading way that EWTN/RN and Sheila Liaugminas for example, quote the part of the Church doctrines, the part of the Pope’s 2004 memo. Typically, they quote or emphasize only the part of the memo, that seems to allow excommunication of pro-abortion people.  But then they dishonestly ignore, or fail to stress, the rest of the memo; where the Pope warned that focusing dis “proportionate”ly on one issue like abortion, might not be good.  Particularly EWTN and other anti-abortion organizations, entirely leave out the final conclusion of the memo.  Where the Pope tells us explicitly, word-for-word, that voting for pro-abortion candidates “can be permitted.”

 

The main problem in large part, has been the relatively new, unmonitored, lay and priestly Catholic advocacy organizations.  The bottom line is that g) such advocacy groups tend to focus after all, just on a single issue to advocate.  Thus all too many “conservative” “Catholic” agencies like EWTN, and indeed most uneducated Catholics, only see the simple surface, or one tiny “part,” of Catholicism and Christianity, and the Bible. (See Paul admitting that often religious persons only see “part” of the truth).  While these new organizations therefore continually misrepresent the larger, fuller, deeper message of the Church, and of the Bible.  These neo con Catholics never really see the real, fuller meaning of religion; and therefore, when they “evangelize,” they merely end up broadcasting a false vision of God.  Their Catholicism is so narrow, so oversimplified, as to present a false idea of God; an idol.   A false Christ.

 

Many h) major authorities in the Church itself, have tried to note this problem, and fix it, in the past.  But to date, they have failed.  Cardinal Mahony noted that conservatives, or media figures with only a little “theology” as Cardinal Mahony noted, have ended up teaching, broadcasting, heresies, full time.  Indeed, today unqualified non-priests (and a few unqualified genuine but narrow, real priests like Fr. Pavone), now broadcast narrow, false, incomplete, politically-biased theologies, to millions, even billions of people worldwide; in particular, they broadcast the heresy of radical, typically one-issue, anti-abortionism.  And unfortunately, due to the size and cumulative influence of the new Catholic networks, their heresies have for some time, had enough resources, to go worldwide; to reach to every person on the earth.  EWTN, combined with the rest of the (formerly, “Christian”) “Conservative Coalition,” and combined with the dozens, hundreds of anti-abortion individuals and organizations, forms a massive distribution network.  But this massive network – which reaches more than a hundred thousand households through American cable networks alone; and then has reached the whole world through the Internet –  has unfortunately, merely spread a narrow, false theology.  To the whole world.  And big as it is, even rather direct confrontations by even Cardinals and Popes, has not been enough to even slow it down, to date.

 

The network i) is already quite large in distribution.  And if it is thought that not many people actually watch or listen to it (if what we once called its Nielson or “Arbitron” numbers are low), actually the network has far, far more influence than a network “merely” that size or listenership.  Keep in mind that even those people who tune into this network, for just a brief moment, even once or twice, take even that minimal exposure, extremely seriously.  Those hear it, have heard it presented after all, as the definitive word of the Church; as the word of God.  And those listeners j) then repeat what they have heard, by word of mouth.  So that the influence of this network is much, much larger, than one might think from its ratings.

 

But this deceitful network is large enough, just in terms of raw numbers. The larger network of interlacing conservative organizations, in fact has truly massive resources.  Indeed, a) EWTN/RN alone, is offered on most of the most common TV cable and satellite packages in America, for example.  So that its false message, its false theology, has been broadcast on cable and satellite networks to potentially, 100 million families or more, in the US alone.  Then too, EWTN b) is currently found on more than 100 AM and FM radio stations (including affiliates).  But especially, EWTN/RN c) is currently web-steamed worldwide. So that it reaches, at least once, a potential audience of at least one billion human beings, online.  While no doubt many carry news of it, by work of mouth, to everyone.  While furthermore, EWTN d)  has done this, for decades; for 28 years and counting.  So that the network has had a massive, cumulative audience.  And it has engraved its ideas on their hearts and minds, extremely deeply; since it presents itself as the official voice of the Church, and of God.  Because of that, its words were deeply remembered, even by those who heard it’s message just once.  Though indeed, e) it repeated its anti-abortion theology, typically, at least several dozens times every single day; as indeed its most-frequently mentioned topic.  So that the penetration of the world, the false theology of anti-abortionism, has been nearly total.  Indeed, f) for many years, the anti-abortion vote has been a recognizable feature in every election; and even in current attempts to pass Health Care legislation.

 

In spite of the best efforts to date, of at least three cardinals and at least one or two Popes to stop it, the false theology of anti-abortion extremists and terrorists (after the assassination of abortion doctor, Dr. Teller), has all but utterly triumphed.  Since it is now widely believed to be the authentic word of the Church and God, the network’s false theology has been passed on religiously, by word of mouth, to the entire world.  Probably tens of millions of Catholic have personally heard EWTN at least once or twice, flipping though cable and TV stations.  Worse, thanks to its constant repetition, and its claims to be the voice of God, moreover, even those who were only very briefly exposed to its false message, were very, very deeply imprinted.   The network therefore was hugely more influential than even its rather impressive formal statistics would suggest; its message was taken up and spread by word of mouth, as a new folk religion.

 

EWTN’S heretical message has therefore reached probably, ultimately, directly and indirectly, nearly all the one billion Catholics worldwide; and at least an equal number of non-Catholics.  Indeed, EWTN’s false message, has covered the whole earth, on the Internet.  Not only was its penetration into the market widespread; its influence was disproportionately great.  Since it claims to speak for the Pope, for God.  Therefore, what it had said was far, far more effective than normal talk show patter.  And in fact, we suggest that this false issue, was able to influence countless elections.  Specifically, if was more than enough to swing the largely minority; Hispanic/ethnic Catholic vote, far more strongly to Republicanism, than would otherwise have been the case.  (Until 2008?).

 

In effect, beginning even before the growth of EWTN, in 1981, antiabortionism controlled the Church in America.  And through that vote?  It controlled America – and the whole world.  It elected one right-wing politician after another; electing thousands of “conservative,” patriotic/nationalist militarist, Republican politicians.  To positions ranging from school textbook committee members, to US congressmen, senators – and presidents.   At least three Republican presidents of the United States, were elected, in large part due to the anti-abortion vote. Including  Ronald Reagan, 1980-88; Bush I, 1988-1992; Bush II 2000-2008.  During this time, there was a brief moment when a Democrat, Bill Clinton was president (1992-2000).  But even during those years, the US Congress overall, House and Senate, were overwhelming, Republican.  So that Democrats were rather utterly stopped.

 

A “Conservative” Republicanism in fact therefore, ruled America, for about 28 years. But while a few religious conservatives might find some satisfaction in this, we now note that there will have been many, many sins and errors in the neo-con movement.  Worse, in many ways, they were merely spoilers – who ended up supporting many right-wing programs they never intended to support; even as they never succeeded in passing their main goals.  In effect, they only spoiled other issues.  Anti-abortionists elected countless Republican candidates that were for war, and against helping the poor; who were allegedly against abortion, but who never passed strong legislation against it.  (As of this date, 2010).

 

There are therefore many evils and ironies in the accomplishments of Catholic Neo Cons.  Among others we might add this:  Catholics, voting only for the most anti-abortion candidates, elected countless candidates that were in other ways, in other issues, very non- and even anti-Catholic. Often, they elected Protestants:  electing Protestant Bush, for example, over Catholic Kerry, 2004.  Then too, they elected candidates who were patriotically “American” – but that meant that they elected candidates who were therefore against an international Church; one that joins “all nations, all tongues” (Isaiah). Then too, they elected candidates that were against injuring embryos – but who didn’t mind killing lots of people in wars.  Or who didn’t even mind starting wars:  the exaggerated, bellicose rhetoric of such candidates as anti-abortionist mothers elected, in fact soon antagonized other nations and religions.  And soon drew us into conflicts with Muslim terrorists; and into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  While they neglected other more important “issues,” like health care for the poor, sick, and dying.  All of this fully justifying, finally, the Cardinals’ warnings about the dangers of “one issue” Catholicism.  In focusing so narrowly on just one issue in life, this movement ignored – and allowed to flourish – many other evils.

 

So what precisely, is the great evil has been done by this false theology?  For more than 20 years, a false, heretical – and literally, physically deadly – anti-abortionism, has been delivered to 60 million American Catholics, and to one billion Catholics worldwide, with deadly effect, like an evil virus.   Thanks largely to EWTN/RN, an evil heresy, a false idea of God, has blanketed the Church, and the world.  This heresy was intended to be kind of embryos.  But by neglecting all other issues, all other living things – like the poor, the sick, the war victims – it passively or actively allowed millions to die of neglect of other evils.

 

Because of the great evil of their narrowness, their obsessive focus just one “one issue,” EWTN/RN and other anti-abortionist organizations, have been rebuked repeatedly, by even three Cardinals, and our Pope.  Yet EWTN and related personnel and have persisted, adamantly, willfully, disobediently,  in a heresy; and have persistently, willfully, publicly, scandalously, disobeyed the Cardinals, the Pope, the saints, and the Church.  In spite of being warned constantly about their error.

 

EWTN and antiabortionists have persistently, willful, persisted in a grave, literally fatal heresy or sin.  So that finally, what must we do now?  Ironically, the same punishment it freely recommended for everyone else who disagreed with itself, are most appropriate for EWTN itself.  According to the parts of Church doctrine that EWTN/RN and related individuals and organizations like to quote, those people who have willfully, persistently, publicly, gone against Church, must be – according to the very doctrine that conservatives like to use against liberals – be simply, first, denied communion.  They must be simply, excommunicated.   In addition, their doctrines should be officially anathematized, and execrated.

 

 

Recommended

Disciplinary Actions Against EWTN/RN and

Associated Anti-Abortionists

 

 

Why is it time for such very severe measures indeed, against EWTN/RN?  The reason is because of the seriousness of its sin.  And because of its past resistance to correction. Countless past, milder, pastoral actions have been attempted to correct EWTN and associates.  But all previous efforts by the Church and others, having failed, the efforts of three Cardinals and “Our Holy Father,” Pope Benedict XV  having been ignored, finally, there is no remedy to recommend, but that the following very, very strong actions be taken against EWTN and allied organizations, by the Church itself.

 

Since EWTN’s false teaching, was widely broadcast or “taught,” in public, to millions of Catholics, it now deserves (and can only be correct by) one of the more severe penalties; just as St. James suggested for false teachers.  A particularly severe and public chastisement and punishment of EWTN/RN and associates, of other anti-abortionists, is particularly in order, in part for simple practical reasons:  since the false doctrines were broadcast repeatedly, dozens of times a day, to millions, for several years, we will need a massive, public, and dramatic, and long-lasting rebuke of EWTN/RN and associates, just to reach all of those who were deceived.  That is to say, a massively public correction, is necessary not for shaming, but for practical reasons:  a massively publicized rebuke is necessary, to reach the many millions of people who were infected; to be heard by the many millions this false movement has spread to, over the decades.

 

A giant false machine spoke to millions, and deceived them. And since many millions of people have been deceived by these false teachers, to try to reach them all, to try to counteract the exact, massive scale of the sin, it will take a similarly massively publicized, widespread effort, to reach all of those who were damaged.   One that this time, is not vague about the “one issue” that is problematic; but that makes it clear to simple persons, exactly what the problem is:   through a public, endlessly repeated,  criticism of specifically EWTN and associates, by name; by the Church.

 

To correct this massively destructive heresy, therefore, the following strong and dramatic actions against EWTN/RN and related persons,  by the Church itself, are now necessary:

 

 

Step 1

 

 

120)     # 206 The Church should publicly dramatize the problems with conservative anti-abortionism in general, to the public.  Weekly.  Perhaps for 28 years.

 

121)     # 207 The Church should clearly deal with the Bishops.  Among other things, it should tell all bishops that the anti-abortionism now common in most churches, is a heresy; ordering the Bishops to note Cardinal Mahony’s problems with EWTN/RN.  And suggesting strongly they follow Cardinal McCarrick’s noting of problems with one “issue” Catholicism.  The Church should especially note to the Bishops, the criticisms the Cardinals had of them.  Noting Cardinal Joe Ratzinger/ our current Pope Benedict XVI’s criticism, of dis “proportionate” anti-abortionism; where the Pope says explicitly that voting for pro-abortion candidates “can be permitted.”

 

122)     # 208 The Church should warn all bishops that EWTN/RN, and the school of one issue anti-abortionism, is in apostasy; is in rebellion against the Church.

 

123)     # 209 The Church, bishops, should begin commanding priests not to advocate anti-abortionism;

 

124)     # 210 The Church should begin commanding priests not to appear on the network;

 

125)     # 211 Though many of these measures have in effect already been tried, and have already failed in the past, still, the Church should once again immediately direct EWTN/RN itself, that every single show, every day, should include a prominent disclaimer; certifying that neither the opinions expressed on EWTN/RN, nor the individual show, nor the opinions of priests on the network, really fully, infallibly express  the official opinion of the Catholic Church.  These disclaimers should make it clear that the Roman Catholic Church itself in no way certifies the authority of what is said on that network, or individual show.

 

These measures however, are still rather too mild to do much however; no doubt, many of these remedies have often been more or less applied, already.  And they have been ineffective.

 

Therefore, note that the following, far stronger measures than the above, will be necessary.  Like these measures:

 

 

 

Step 2 More, Necessary Disciplinary Measures

 

 

126)     # 212 Given its centrality to the problem, and given its stubborn, obdurate, public, “scandal”ous resistance to correction, the Church should specifically, repeatedly, warn not just bishops and priests, but should also note to the public, publicly, that by name, Eternal Word Television Network, has been a major part of a great heresy.  The Church should warn the public that there have been at least three or four previous efforts against EWTN, and against “one issue” anti-abortionism, by at least three Cardinals; including our current Pope, Benedict XVI.  Then the Church should note that however, all previous, milder efforts to gently correct EWTN, have failed.  All previous efforts have failed, to stop the heresy of EWTN.

 

127)     # 213 The Church should also especially publicly rebuke specifically and by name, EWRN; Eternal Word Radio Network.

 

128)     # 214 The Church should criticize especially and by name, and publicly, the worst associates and offenders; like especially the the priest, Fr. Frank Pavone.  Pavone (often mis-presented as “Lavone”) became full-time director of  the experimental organization, Priests for Life, on Staten Island, c. 1993, with the approval of Cardinal O’Connor of NY.  But since O’Connor died, Pavone and his organization have not been effectively reviewed; while our review here finds that he and his organization, Priests for Life, are found to have been based on an unsuccessful experimental theology, an instutional experiment, that fell into heresy.  The organization’s narrow issue-advocacy focus – just on on “life issues”; then defined even more narrowly by Pavone as the lives of embryos only – have resulted in a narrow, gravely distored and false theology.  The foundation of Priests for Life was a mistake; giving a false theology a powerful office, a full-time staff.  These mistakes, combined with ties to EWTN, guaranteed the effective wordwide dissemination of the heresy of “one issue” Catholicsm.  Pavone himself is today an all-but utterly convinced heretic who will not reform; therefore the most severe rebukes must now be directed specifically, at Fr. Frank Pavone.

 

129)     # 215 Along with severely censuring Fr. Pavone, the Church should rebuke, anathematize, and dissolve Fr. Pavone’s one-issue anti-abortion organization, “Priests for Life.”  The organization, “Priests for Life,” with a current staff of 50 or so, should be immediately disbanded by the current Cardinal of NY (currently Card. Ed Egan; with the local NYC Archbishop, currently Tim Dolan).  The creation of a full-time office and organization devoted to just a single issue, has created an immensely destructive full-time engine for the production of heresy:  the heresy of right-wing, one-issue Catholicism.  (It has also been political; specifically neo-conservative, nationalist/militarist; Pavone has worked with protestant Dr. James Dobson’s right-wing “Focus on the Family” organization, etc.).

 

130)     # 216 The Church should rebuke by name, Karl Keating, and

 

131)     # 217 Johnnette Benkovic and Barb. McGuiggan;

 

132)     # 218 Sheila Liaugminas.  And

 

133)     # 219 Relevant Radio; and

 

134)     # 220 Drew Mariani.

 

 

These organizations and persons should be rebuked publicly, and by name.  For obstinate, constant and flagrant, scandalously public disobedience of the Cardinals, and of the Pope; for rebellion against the saints; for rebellion against the Church; for teaching false doctrines; and for misleading millions of people.  This chastisement must be widely publicized, not in the spirit of revenge, but simply for practical reasons:   in order to begin to undo the damage they have done to millions, it must be clear to the public, which parties are the worst offenders.  While these criticisms by the Church must be massively publicized, over the media, in order to reach the many members of the public, that have been deceived.

 

Each of the above persons and organizations, must be criticized repeatedly, in public, and by name.  For publicly defying Church authority.  And for forming what is in effect their own schismatic, Apostate Church or Cult of the Embryo; the Church of Fetus.

 

It is necessary for this to be public.  First because a) private and small scale pastoral, priestly guidance, and b) even the semi-private rebukes by Cardinals, like Mahony and McCarrick and Ratzinger, have not worked in the past.  Then too, c) a massively public effort against these entities, is now necessary, because the sin was reiterated a dozen times a day, and extremely widely broadcast, for nearly three decades; ultimately the sin reached, infected, millions – if not billions – of human beings.  All of whom must hear of this, to counteract this effect.

 

A massive public information campaign must be undertaken.  There is no remaining remedy, but that the Church should do this.  Indeed, this should be done utilizing all available media resources;  Cardinals and the Pope repeatedly, continually, directly, criticizing the network, and all associated with it, by name, over major media outlets. To correct a false major media outlet, a similarly massive program must be taken.

 

These must be very publicly criticized, for their one-issue, Pro Life, anti-abortionist doctrines. This public exposure should not be done in the spirit of vindictiveness; but just out of a sense of the need for a massive public effort, in order to counter a massively public and growing sin, after all.  It is now necessary to counter a massively-distributed, massively publicized false doctrine and obstinate rebellions against the Church, with a similar volume of very public, counter-publicity.  Nothing less will be enough.

 

To reach those most damaged, a strong, official, specific chastisement of especially, EWNT/RN and Relevant Radio, and particularly their anti-abortionism, should be read by an extremely high Church authority – like the Pope –  must be read.  Read prominently in public.  And then repeatedly, prominently, several times a day, on EWTN/RN itself.   For a period of at least one year.  If EWTN is not successfully shut down entirely (as it should be).

 

 

Step 3

Final Disciplinary Measures

Now Recommended Against EWTN and Associates

 

The above measures are now recommended.  But because of the extraordinarily obstinate, public, scandalous resistance of EWTN/RN and associates, because of their long-standing and willful and public rebellion against even three Cardinals, and “Our Holy Father” the current Pope Benedict XVI himself,  it is highly unlikely that EWTR/RN will ultimately obey, or be corrected by, any of the measures above.  So that it is now finally time for the Church to take far, far more dramatic, public action against the offending parties, than those stronger measures listed above.

 

Again, there are many good reasons for very, very strong measures.  And for them to be well publicized.  This is because  EWTN’s heresy was widely broadcast, worldwide, to the public; therefore, to reach all those who were mislead, the withdrawal and rebuke of the EWTN heresy,  must also be highly public.

 

Therefore, in addition to all the above, the following measures against EWTN/RN and associates, are now necessary:

 

135)     # 221 All previous milder remedies having failed, the Church should begin commanding specifically and by name, “Catholic Answers,” “Global Catholic Radio” (EWRN) and all of EWTN, to cease representing itself as “Catholic.”

 

136)     # 222 Especially, and most dramatically, the following measures are now, regrettably, necessary:  Church should next proceed to publicly deny communion, to key members of EWTN’s staff, and persistently antiabortionist guests.  Denying communion toSheila Liaugminas;

 

137)     # 223 Denying communion to Karl Keating;

 

138)     # 224 Denying communion to Fr. Frank Pavone;

 

139)     # 225 Denying communion to Fr. Ed Sylvia;

 

140)     # 226 Denying communion to Johnnette Benkovic & Barb McGuiggan.

 

141)     # 227 Denying communion to Drew Mariani.

 

142)     # 228 Denying communion to Barbara McGuigan

 

This is poetic but also biblical justice.  EWTN itself, often demanded excommunication for pro-abortion candidates.  So indeed, “as you judge others, so shall you be judged yourself.”

 

143)     # 229 The church should also deny communion to any priests and bishops that continue to contribute to the organization’s anti-abortionism. Including possibly Archbishop Burke of the Vatican.  And any Bishops who oversee but do not correct prominent anti-abortionists and anti-abortion organizations in their diocese.  (In the case of Karl Keating, this would happen for the Bishop of the diocese of San Diego California?  For EWTN, the headquarters is Irondale Alabama; so the bishop of Birmingham).

 

Given the public and widely broadcast nature of the sin, and the consequent fact that millions have therefore been infected, we must use a similar, very public means of widespread dissemination, to reach all those injured.  Thus, EWTN must be now corrected in public.  And the Church must begin adamantly criticizing EWTN/RN in public.  Then too, the Bible noted that there are especially severe penalties, for bad teachers, bad religious leaders.  As St. James noted:  bad teachers mislead not only themselves, but many others; therefore bad teachers, who mislead many, are to be punished more severely, than others.  And following James, we now note that the only good way to undo massive false publicity for false ideas … is to massively, publicly publicize the chastisement of it.

 

To reach all those infected by the heresy, the correction of EWTN etc.,  therefore, must be widely publicized.   Specifically, to reach the full extent of the damaged public, the Church should publicly, dramatically excommunicate, kick out of the Church, any and all of the most prominent anti-abortionists.  Including a) Karl Keating; b) Fr. Frank Pavone; c) Sheila Liaugminas; d) Johnnette Benkovic; and other talk show hosts and apologists.

 

144)     # 230 While the Church should begin suing EWTN in civil court, for misrepresenting the Church. And misusing the proprietary word “Catholic.”  In “Global Catholic Radio,” etc.. (found on its website; and implied every day).

 

145)     # 231 The Church should immediately begin assisting various agencies like the IRS, in a renewed effort to revote EWTN’s and associates’ tax-exempt, “religious” status.

 

146)     # 232 While the Church should publicly, formally charge EWTN/RN, with heresy.  And/or its associates.

 

147)     # 233 Charges of heresy should be made against:  Karl Keating;

 

148)     # 234 Charge of heresy, should be brought against  Fr. Frank Pavone and “Priests for Life”;

 

149)     # 235 Charge of heresy, against Fr. Ed Sylvia,

 

150)     # 236 Charge of heresy, against Johnnette Benkovic;

 

151)     # 237 Charge of heresy against Barbara McGuigan

 

152)     # 238 Charge of heresy against Drew Mariani;

 

153)     # 239 Charges of heresy, against Sheila Liaugminas.

 

154)     # 240 Legally, all of these are very, very public figures.  Who according to the law, can be spoken against rather freely; all of them having been very public figures, “seeking the limelight.”  Seeking the widespread publicizing, of a destructive heresy. Especially, they can be criticized in an academic, scholarly study of their works, like ours.  Which sincerely finds them to be simply, rationally, theologically wrong in what they have said.  So wrong that finally, the Church must firmly renounce and denounce them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETITION

TO THE

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH,

And to

Joe Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI

Our Own Formal

Petition to the Church,

Hereby, Made Hereby:

155)     # 241 Finally?  The sins of EWTN/RN and associated anti-abortionists having been very, very great, there is no recourse:  we hereby formally petition the Roman Catholic Church, with this very book, to begin formal action against EWTN/RN, and associated anti-abortionists.  We present this book as an anonymous open letter to the Church, and as especially, a petition to the Church, asking for it to correct this abuse.

 

 

156)     # 242 All this we ask in the name of God; in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Own Petition to the Church

157)     # 243 Members of the public who agree with our work here, are encouraged to add their name to this document, in support of its charges. And to send their signed copy, with their own introductory letter, to any appropriate individuals and agencies.

 

 

 

Your Own Petition to the Church,

Herein, Hereby

 

 

 

The sins of EWTN/RN and associated one-issue anti-abortionists, like Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life, have been very, very, very great.

 

Therefore, strong remedies are now needed.  EWTN/RN and Relevant Radio, and related organizations, have persistently, publicly, willfully misrepresented the Church and God to millions of people; to the whole earth.   They have spread a false theology, a “one-issue,” dis-“proportionate” theology, a theology condemned by Cardinals McCarrick and Ratzinger – and a false idea of God – to the whole world.  Not only was their teaching false; but it adversely determined several American elections, and the course of human events.

 

Furthermore, these organizations and individuals have ignored repeated warnings about this, from a) ordinary listeners, but also b) high Church authorities.  They have resisted repeated warnings from Cardinals, like Mahony and McCarrick of the USCCB; and warnings from finally, Cardinal Ratzinger – who is now Pope Benedict XVI.  Furthermore c) after having disobeyed Cardinals and the Pope, EWTN’s rebellion against Church authority, has persisted to this very day. And d) is very widely publicized; e) causing a public scandal.  So that finally, there is no recourse except for the Church itself to begin very, very, very severe and public actions against EWTN/RN.

 

But what can a single person do?  Or what can even many people do?  Against such an egregious infraction or heresy?  Finally, we can do, among other things, the following.

 

Finally, given countless offenses by EWTN/RN and associates, against the Church and against God and against reason, as enumerated herein, we ourselves now have no choice:  we now hereby formally petition the authorities of the Church:  the USCCB; and the Cardinals; and the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith; and the office of Social Communications; and the Pope himself, etc.  We petition these agencies to finally, take dramatic, public, effective action against EWTN/RN itself; the organization.  And also specifically and by name, against the Roman Catholic priests, Frank Pavone and Ed Sylvia.  And also against the lawyer and apologist, Karl Keating; against talk-show hosts Johnnette Benkovic; Barbara McGuigan; and against the managers of EWTN.  Et Alia. And against all “Catholic” anti-abortion organizations, and Catholic spokesmen, including  Sheila Liaugminas.

 

 

This we hereby, by this very document, petition the Church.

 

 

All this, we ask in the name of God, the Lord; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Signed)_________________________________________________ [YOUR OWN NAME and date, ADDED HERE]

 

 

 

Concerned Church authorities and members of the public, are also invited to send copies of this book, to anyone who would be interested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of the Rise of the

Conservative and Anti-Abortion Movement

 

The narrow focus of conservative, Catholic, anti-abortionist Republicanism, has caused a wide number of problems, already.  Given all these problems with anti-abortionism, people might well wonder therefore:  how did such a heretical and often even violent  sect as “Catholic” anti-abortionists, ever come into being?  Especially when real Church authority – Cardinal McCarrick and the USCCB; Cardinal Ratzinger and the Vatican; Pope Benedict XVI – all opposed its disproportionate, one–issue focus.   (And when for that matter, Cardinal Mahony finally had the founder of EWTN, Mother Angelica, removed).

 

How did this happen?  In large part, it was due to the rise of “conservative” politics.  But especially, much of this was due to the new conservative TV televangelists; like Pat Robertson.  And then “conservative” talk radio.  Which began to catch on, especially with Rush Limbaugh, around 1983.  Especially though, much of this was due to the beginning of “Catholic” talk radio.  Beginning with a “conservative” nun, Mother Angelica, founding her own Catholic radio station, c. 1981.  A single radio station that eventually became Eternal Word Television Network; an entire, self-appointed “Catholic” radio and TV network, broadcast from hundreds of radio and TV stations; and then offered as part of the standard cable and satellite package to hundreds of millions of people.

 

Mother Angelica in particular, began to speak at first sentimentally, against abortion, many, many times a day, on her radio station.  Though her listenership was never huge, it was dedicated.  So that soon, this nun was speaking on her radio and TV network, EWTN.  Thus, a radical anti-abortionism, began to grow.  And soon, conservative Republicans realized that anti-abortionism, fit into the emerging neo-“conservative,” “neo-con” movement.  So that soon enough, perhaps from the very start,  media anti-abortionism was co-opted, merged with,  the growing “conservative” talk radio and TV traditions.  So that this new “Catholic” anti-abortionism, largely from Mother Angelica, came to take more and more, the strident tone of conservative radio talk show hosts, like Rush Limbaugh.  Spreading a message which presented itself as religious, Catholic; but which however, was increasingly adulterated with political, “conservative”/Republican ideas; and with talk-show rhetoric. Spreading an increasingly radical “conservatism,” and an anti-abortionism, that became, soon enough, we will show here, a heresy; a doctrine not in line with the Church at all.

 

How and why did the Church allow a nun, to found an increasingly heretical “conservative” radio and TV network?  In part it has been due ironically, to Liberal elements in the Church.  The same liberality that did not much bother to monitor gay priests (and child molesters), also did not bother to adequately notice, the new “conservative” Catholic media.  Or the increasingly heretical messages that were being delivered by this new “conservative” nun, and her media network, in the name of the Church. The hidebound Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, neglected to adequately monitor Mother Angelica and EWTN/RN. And to fully see the dangerous side, the increasing, unmonitored influence and power, of even “Catholic” Radio, Film, TV, and Internet.  Since 1963, the post Vatican II Church was allowing many new experiments.  And after allowing many “liberal” voices, it apparently thought nothing of liberally allowing some “conservative” voices too.  But we begin to see here that both these two different experiments – “liberal” and “conservative” – lead to problems.  Here, we are noting first of all, problems with “conservative” Catholicism.  Noting ultimately, huge doctrinal errors, and even open defiance of real Catholic authority.  Even by a “conservative” and self-proclaimed “Catholic” anti-abortionism.

 

One would think that a “conservative” Catholicism would not violate basic tenets of the Church.  And that it would conservatively, obey Church authorities. And yet we will find, conservative anti-abortionism did that.  And furthermore, once it did, as we will also show here, the Church was totally unprepared to combat this; not even at the level of argumentation, persuasion.

 

The failure of the Church to really meet and best the rhetoric of talk radio shows in some ways, is surprising.  In the past, major religious organizations, like the Church, have been the supreme masters, at controlling public discourse.  The Church in effect, was a massive message-delivery and control system.  Even a) before the telegraph and mass-communications media, the Church first of all, had hundreds, thousands of individual priests and churches, that personally delivered its own message, to the whole world, in homilies, every Sunday and more. The Church, 2,000 years ago, had a massive media organization in effect; lecturing hundreds of millions, every week; it established a church in every major village, and often required everyone to show up once a week – Sundays – to hear whatever message the Church chose to proclaim. So the church was haranguing, addressing hundreds of millions of people a week; well before the invention of mass communications, it was address the masses, in the “Mass.”

 

The Church, furthermore, not only had a massive message distribution network, b) in its thousands of churches and weekly assemblies worldwide; it also monitored and regulated the defense and consistency of that message.  It had many monasteries, seminaries and other schools; all to make reasonably sure the message delivered was consistent, standardized, doctrinally correct.

 

The Church therefore (in part as heir of the Roman Empire), had been the first, supreme master of getting out a standardized message worldwide, and maintaining its consistency.  It was able to monitor its message, and weed out deviations – which it termed heresies – for two thousand years.  But amazingly, c) as overwhelmingly successful as the Church has been in regulating and maintaining its message for nearly two thousand years, the Church did not notice, or failed to effectively deal with,  the new, rival mass media.  First, just the advent of print media, after Gutenberg in the 15th century, the distribution of Bibles in vernacular languages, partially caused the partial collapse or split of the Church, in the Protestant Reformation.  As people began to get their sense of God more from a book, as much as regulated verbal church services; and began to develop different, more individual understandings of the Bible and God.   But d) our main, newer subject here:  in particular, just in the last decade or two, it did not adequately see, the new rhetorical, argumentative power, of full-time radio talk shows.  And special interest groups.

 

As it turns out, though the Church often spoke of the new media early on, it did not really look enough at the new media, from 1980-2008; it particularly did not look closely enough at talk radio and “Catholic” TV; or at what was being said in its own name.  So that the Church did not really adequately notice, that what presented itself as the major Catholic voice in America – EWTN/RN – was saying things that were not quite in line with the full outline of Church teaching.   Conservatives followed parts of what some bishops were saying; but they chose to ignore and disobey, other parts.

 

Here we will have begun showing that EWTN/RN’s core, endlessly-repeated radical anti-abortion message, was in fact, not consistent with what fuller Church tradition had said.  But the Church never noticed that.  Or indeed, many priests and bishops were simply taken in by the argumentation skills of EWTN; priests and bishops began to follow … EWTN.

 

Eternal Word Televions Network,  was not “just” probably the largest “Catholic” media network in the world, covering essentially the whole earth:  it was also linked to a whole new, 24/7 right wing conservative network; a massive rhetoric/propoganda machine. EWTN/RN was merely one aspect of a whole new new type of adovacy/propogranda network. Though to be sure, it was perhaps one of its own most effective arms:  EWTN in itself, claimed to reach more than a hundred million households, as a standard part of most TV cable packages. It was also broadcast on dozens, perhaps hundreds of radio stations; including shortwave.  And it was streamed to millions, potentially, on the internet.  And it was ten times more effective than its size would indicate.  Because it was presented as the word of the Church; the Word of God.   (While furthermore, it only needed to sway about 2-19% of the population, to determine one election after another).

 

EWTN/EWRN, was not only effective, in that it was unusually large for a Catholic media outlet, reaching eventually hundreds of millions, billions of people; they were also extremely effective, because they were staffed with a new breed of professional rhetoricians, talkers:  talk show hosts and guests.  Who were far, far more persuasive than anyone would have thought.  Persuasive enough, that EWTN apologists and rhetoricians and lawyers like Karl Keating, attny., were able to convince many priests – and ultimately the Church itself – that their own position on abortion, especially, was correct.

 

Indeed finally, the conservative machine, including EWTN/RN, were so convincing, even in their rather elementary and distorted, fetishistic theology, that in the end, far from correcting the new media, in the end, priests and then the Church itself began to simply follow it.  Priests and then Bishops, began to follow the new “talking idol” especially, of  evangelical radio, and televangelist TV.  In Protestantism, many had long ago begun to believe and follow not the Bible or God, but Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network. And though Catholicism resisted this for a while – due to its greater emphasis on a centrally controlled message from the Vatican – finally, under public pressure for a Catholic equivalent of Pat Robertsom, and thanks to the efforts of a radical California nun (Mother Angelica), a new “Catholic” Eternal Word Television Network eventually appeared.  And it managed to fool many into believing in it.  Rather than following the Bible, or following God, by 1980 or so, dozens of (often illiterate) Catholics were calling in to EWTN talk shows, thanking EWTN for presenting the “real” Church.  Even after a cardinal – Cardinal Mahony – got into, in effect, a semi-public shouting match with EWTN founder Mother Angelica, and even after the Cardinal apparently complained to the Vatican about her and/or EWTN,  still, the Church did not really wake up.  [Or indeed, by about 2007, after constantly egging bishops on, EWTN had begun to convince even bishops, that the new, experimental, radical reproductive theology seen in elements of Paul VI (Humanae Vitae, 1968), and John Paul II, should be fully and dramatically acted on – and even accentuated.  Specifically, the opposition to abortion, should be the “one issue” that, many were convinced, should dominate all of Catholicism.  By 1997/2000 indeed, anti-abortionists had managed to put their message partially, into the Catechism itself.  And by c. 2007 ff., bishops like Burke and Chaput were taking up the new and radical anti-abortionism, as if it should indeed be the central tenet of Catholicism.  Many were lulled by specious arguments, that anti-abortionism was “conservative”; that it was always the major element of Catholic tradition.  Or the one issue that should determine our vote.]

 

So how did the false doctrine of antiabortionism come to dominate America; and through America, the world?  The major reason for the development and spread of the Pro Life heresy, has been the Church’s neglect of full effective oversight of especially, the new “Catholic” media, like especially, EWTN/RN.  In part out of a commendable but misdirected desire to modernize, in the wake of Vatican II, a Church which had in the past, had historically, rigorously appointed whole committees, convened dozens of international “councils” like the Council of Nicaea, etc. the church that in the past had taken centuries to define doctrines, the Church that used to examine every single dot and tittle of what priests are allowed to say, in the liturgy … now suddenly allowed, almost without any supervision at all, any untitled media talk show host or ordinary nun, to spout his or her political opinions as the word of the Church; as the word of God. All without any effective restraint or oversight, by the Church itself.  That was how any number of massive heresies, were allowed to spread.

 

But now it is time to stop this.  Perhaps the Church has thought vaguely, that it is already exercising some control over self-proclaimed Catholic outlets like EWTN.  But in point of fact, we will show, EWTN is not an official part of the Church; it is a private, probably nonprofit organization run by “lay” persons … who simply deliver their own ideas of what the Church says.  Or what they think the Church should say. EWTN is not the official voice of the Church at all.  While it is almost impossible for the Church to control such lay Catholic organizations, anywhere near as closely as the Church controls priests, and the liturgy.  Lay organizations are just not as closely tied to Church laws and rules, as are priests. Nor, in spite of their own protestations, is most of their staff really as fully dedicated, trained, and as obedient, as priests.  Even those priests who appear on and off, on EWTN/RN, are often not as closely regulated as other priests (cf. Fr. Corapi; and the scandal of c. 2010/11).   In any case, those priests that appeared on the network, were eventually seduced by the power and prestige of the media, and the rhetorical ability of lawyers like Karl Keating.  So that even priests eventually begin to simply, dutifully follow and repeat, the new messages created by the network.  To adopt the heretical messages, of the media network hosts. Priests taking the network as authoritative.

 

In particular, we will show, EWTN network was able to convince many lay persons, and even priests and bishops, thanks to the new type of talk show, talk machine:  a huge extended staff or resource list, of a hundred guest speakers, and the related resources of the “conservative” – formerly, “Christian” – “coalition.”  All coordinated by the rhetorical/sophistical skill, of its “apologists” and talk show hosts, and their deceptive, false “debate” format.  Which form, in effect, a new type of message-delivery machine.  One that we will show, was able to overwhelming, outclass, everything in its path; including the outdated message delivery system of the Church itself.  EWTN and the conservative coalition, with its mechanized propogranda divisions, was able to simply go around the Church, the way Hitler’s new fascist mechanized army, was able to simply go around the massive medieval fortifications of France’s Maginot Line, in 1940.

 

To be sure, the new conservatism was rooted in part in working-class grassroots sentiments.  There have always been ordinary working individuals, people who work with their hands at practical jobs, that despise intellectuals and so forth; who want and need simple working formulas, to get through life.   And these native conservatives, were attracted to simple messages.  And anti-abortionism was simple enough: there was just one issue in all of life, to think about.

 

Grassroots desire for a simple theology, therefore, were already there.  And they were easily exploited, capitalized upon, by the new massive media machines.  Particularly in the permissive climate after Vatican II, c. 1963; after that date, any number of new voices were allowed into the Church; especially, by 1968, Humanae Vitae came:  an enclyclical that was just modern/trendy enough, to speak about … sex.  And reproduction.  And?  Abortion.  In this moment, the Church was just modern enough to speak about these things in public, at last; but not modern enough to really deal effectively or correctly with them.  (John Paul II, became the biggest thing in his native Poland … by authoring the first widely accepted book on sex, there).  But finally, how much did chaste priests really know about sex?  (Or if they seemed to know something … then how chaste were they?).

 

After thousands of years of extreme guardedness on the subject of sex, the Church however, did not hestitate to begin rashly pontificating on sex, c. 1963-8.  Perhaps it hoped that its daring new entry, would be restrained, by at least a “conservative” approach to the subject.  And yet however, the subject was just too new, for even “conservative” ideas to work well, we are finding here and now.  The Church’s first forays into once-forbidden subjects, into the matter of sexuality, sperms, embryos, reproduction, are still relatively new and experiemental – relative to a Church that usually takes hundreds of years to fix dogmas.  And?  New and experiemental as say Humae Vita was, we should not be surprised that we are beginning to see here and now, they made many mistakes.  Especially, the insistence that human life begins “at conception” – meaning presumably, the moment the sperm fertiles the egg? – was a rush order; a radical new idea, that should never have been presented as firm dogma.  Though alleged conservatives were happy to take it as the organizing principle of their lives, right away.

 

The whole of religion was in flux for a moment, during Vatican II; and in that moment, a new doctrine appeared, that conservatives soon seized on.  There had always been a common distaste for abortion.  And?  There had always been a working-class disdain, of things of the mind, or spirit.  And a definition of humanity, that focused just on the “body,” our physical DNA, was just the ticket.  To be sure, conservatives were slow about bringing in the anti-abortion issue.  But thanks to the tireless efforts of a mono-manical nun, focussed obsessively just on the single issue of the embryo, by about 1979 or so, anti-abortionism was a significant part of the new, Neo Conservative movement.  That elected Ronald Reagan president late that year.    And to be sure, this issue had some liberal crossover appeal too: indeed, many priests like Frank Pavone, are probably in part coming to anti-abortionism from a liberal perspective:  from the idea of extending the protection of “minorities,” to  embryos.  Indeed, many arguments are made by Pavone and others, that denying human status to the embryo, is the very same mistake as denying human status to other races.  (Though what then would Pavone say, to a young girl who insists that her Barbie doll is human?  The fact is, we all every day, determine that this or that entity is not a human person; we say our cat is not human, our dog, our kitchen table.  The fact is that we all draw the line somewhere. So?  It is doubly important not to be arbitrary here, but to be more cognizant about what it is, finally, that makes us human.  And finally?  It is not so much our body, as our brain, our mind, our intelligence).

 

The average working-class person, who makes physical goods and services for a living however, does not think much about intellectual things, the Life of the Mind.  And if he or she has been trained to respect the “soul,” he or she may not have a very clear idea of what that soul is.   And so?  There was always a native sentiment around, that didn’t know much about the mind; and was sentimentally willing to say that if a lump of cells had human physical DNA in it, that was fully enough to make it a full human.  Especially, working-class mothers were seemingly instinctually attached to their embryos.  Never minding that the embryo did not yet have much of a mind.

 

There were many different native sentiments out there, therefore, that opposed abortion.  And the whole subject of sexuality was newly in flux.  So that those sentiments were easily, quickly diverted, into whatever channels someone might choose.  And by 1979-83, the common prejudice against intellectual things and the mind, combined with simple motherly sentiments, in the heart, about embryos – was all finally incorporated, coopted, into the conservative agenda.  Which, since about 1981-83, was no longer required by the Federal Communications Commission, the Fairness Doctrine, to give “equal time” to other points of view, other issues, than its own.

 

By 1993, thanks to the relaxing of federal requirements of objectivity on the air, there was developing a new type of full-time rhetoric machine out there; one that felt no real compulsion to really offer a full and fair debate, on debatable issues.  There was a new format, that appeared to allow callers to call in to radio stations, in debates:  but all the while, the finger of the talk show host was on the “off” or “dump” button; any opposing view that was becoming too effective … could simply be cut off.  The new format gave the appearance of debate; but the debate was rigged.  Finally, there was only “one issue” allowed to really get the last word:  the issue, the point of view, of the conservative talk show host.

 

Starting around 1983,  talk show hosts, like Rush Limbaugh, began to take over the increasingly less marketable medium, of AM and FM radio.  And, based in part around native sentiments – and then the interlocking semi-intellectual resources of various “conservative” think-tanks and advocacy organizations (which Hillary Clinton was to call the “right wing conspiracy”) –  soon enough, one-issue, one point of view politics – and finally, theologies – were being presented as if they were the only true voice from God.Pat Robertson had already perfected it, with what was called the “Christian” and later “Conservative” “Coalition,” offered on what became known as CBN; Pat’s “Christian Broadcast Network.”  And by 1973-9, some Catholics were asking for a Catholic equivalent.  Which they got, all too soon.  With EWNT/RN.

 

The Church therefore, c. 1932-2008, from the Fascist era to the American Neo Cons, was confronting a new type of political philosophy – neo-conservatism.  And?  It was confronting generally, a new type of media, argumentation/propaganda machine. Which was operating not only in the service of at first, Liberalism, but by 1983, had been partially taken up by conservatives as well.  And finally?  Against particularly, the neo-conservative media machine, the Church has not been very effective.  No doubt, it was drawn into the subject of sexuality rather quickly, by liberals; but its efforts to counterbalance that in (Vatican II) committees, with some kind of “conservatism,” have all the earmarks of something decided in commmittee:  it is a product of endless compromises, with no unified coherent core or vision or core truth in it.  Finally it was vulerable to being manipulated by interested parties … including not only Liberals, but also conservatives.  And particularly, conservatives were able to take the parts of doctrine they like, and run with them. Fooling the Church, under the guise of the “conservative” label.

 

Here we are at last noting that particularly, conservative, Pro Life anti-abortionism, was never really as conservative or religious as it claimed.  Its anti-intellectualism, its attack on the spirit or soul, was merely working-class  anti-intellectualism at best; and it was in direct opposition to the major theologians and saints of the church:  Augustine and Aquinas.  But when the forces of native sentimental attachment to the embryo, combined with native anti-intellectualism, and were melded to the massive media capabilities of the new propogranda machines?  In no time … conservative anti-aboritionism was widely accepted, as the core message of the Church. Indeed, by about 2005-7, it was even partially accepted/coopted, by some of the more ambitious American bishops; Burke and Chaput.  Who saw in it a way to appear “conservative,” for the Vatican; while gaining grassroots support.  So that?  By about 2010, anti-abortionism was … taking over the American church. At least, so far as lip service was concerned.  Dozens of American bishops being eager to cater to this popular sentiment.

 

Is it possible?  Can even the Church itself, be finally, simply outflanked, and now simply overrun? For many years, priests – and finally even some Bishops – began to appear on EWTN for example.  And there … they were educated and egged on,  to adopt EWTN’s radical conservative agenda.  While for many reasons  – in part, thanks to the general votility of all religious ideas after Vatican II – many felt all too free, to adopt the network’s monomanical views.  Including especially, Bishop Burke.  Who was often quoted by the network – and who apparently appeared on it a few times.  (Along with to be sure, Card. Joe Ratzinger, c. 2003-4).   The apparently ambitious Burke (who completed not one, but two or three doctoral degress?), was all too eager to appear to support or address, wide segments of the population of ordinary people and priests; to garmer some would say, a wide support base. Or at least, a conservative base.   And though Burke was for some time, not that influential in the Church,  by around 2008 or so, finally EWTN protégé Bishop Burke, was appointed as Archbishop, to head a major Vatican court.   And once Burke was appointed to the Vatican, suddenly anti-abortionism began to really begin to gain momentum and weight, in the Church itself.  Around Oct. 5, 2009, the rebellious anti-abortionist nun, Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, who had previously been chastised by Cardinal Mahoney … was actually given an award, by the Church.  While in Oct./Nov.  2009, it was reported that a local bishop (Tobin) had earlier (c. 2007) criticized US Rep. Patrick Kennedy (Dem. R.I), for daring to suggest that Democratic issues – like eventually passing a Health Care act to help the poor and the sick – was more important than supporting anti-abortionism.   So that?  By 2008-11, major elements of the Church are beginning to become “conservative”; and to take an increasingly firm stand against the liberal, Democratic Party in America.  In support of the conservative/Republican party.  And its one issue, of abortion.  Over and above, Democratic issues, the “social gospel”:  like helping the poor (Social Security etc.), the sick (Medicare, ), the oppressed (1964 Civil Rights legislation), and saving the environment.  Though once major Cardinals – like Cardinal McCarrick and Cardinal Ratzinger/ Pope Benedict XVI had begun to note problems and sins in dis-“proportionate,” “one issue” Catholicism, by 2009-11 it appeared that the momentum was firmly on the side of antiabortionism.

 

In 2009, it was safe to say that not only had the more intellectual/spiritual elements of Roman Church, failed to stop the new conservatism of Roman/Italian fascism; they had also failed to stop EWTN and its one-issue conservative heresy. While in fact, increasingly, the “conservative” heresies of EWTN/RN have been simply … backwashing into, flooding, the Church itself.  Today, there is strong evidence that the Catholic Church is simply giving in to the new rhetoric machines of conservative/right wing politics.  Backing the conservative, Republican Party in America.  And indeed, unless very firm action is taken on this matter, a destructive “conservative” heresy soon will be taking over, the Church itself.  Already the anti-abortion heresy has taken over EWTN, and many individual churches.  Which are so centered on anti-abortionism, on the fetus, that they might be called a new schismatic branch of the Church, a new cult; forming a new, if heretical entity.  Forming what some might call the “Apostate Church of the Embryo.”  Since the new Church now worships in effect, a new entity:  Fetus, the Embryo.  Even over and above the Trinity, we will show. (“There are many things to talk about – but let’s start by tying in Lent with Pro Life” issues, says Teresa Tomio, in introduction, during Lent, to Fr. Frank Pavone, anti-abortion sect leader, 8:37 AM, 2/17/10 EWTN.  In Fr. Frank Pavone’s new heretical sect of Antiabortionism, everything is linked to, and subordinate to, the new holy entity, the Fetus.  There are many issues to talk about in the church, but before God and the Holy Spirit, in the new church of anti-abortionism, drowning out Lent itself, comes Fr. Frank Pavone, and his holy fetus.  Priestsforlife.org).

 

What has this inordinate focus on the embryo, the single issue of abortion, done to the Church?  A random example of the new Church’s pronouncements – and its new god:  during the Christmas season in 2009, an ad on Relevant Radio, assured us that this time of year, we reflect on God’s graces; while “at Majilla society [an anti-abortion organization] the greatest grace is the thousands of lives saved from abortions.” In this new Church, the “greatest grace” of God, is not, say, saving the lives of a billions adults, from sin.  Instead, in the new church, saving embryos is the “greatest grace” of God.  That and not say, the coming of Jesus Christ. (Majella Society ad, aired on the Drew Mariani Show, Relevant Radio network, AM radio 970 KHz., 3:37 PM Central Time, Dec. 14, 2009).

 

In the new embryo cult, the new religion of Holy Fetus, it is the embryo that is our new god; and his Grace and nature, is very, very significantly different from the old God and Jesus.  Here, Jesus comes not to save all of mankind; rather, his “greatest grace,” his greatest accomplishment, is to save the embryo. This is a very, very, very different Jesus than the one mentioned in the Bible.  The Jesus in the Bible, talked mostly about things, other than embryos. While indeed, God himself orders a priest to perform an act that would be in effect, an abortion and even sterilization, in Num. 5..   But that God is not found in this brave new Church. .  As we will see here, in many occasional examples from say, Relevant Radio, there the embryo, the fetus, is the very center of God’s concerns.  The embryo is mentioned dozens of times a day; often for a half hour at a time, on networks like Relevant Radio, and EWTN.  The embryo is mentioned far more often than the Trinity, per se.  While God’s grace is centered not on all of mankind, but on the embryo.  To the extent that in effect, finally, we really don’t have the biblical or traditional Catholic Church at all any more:  in Relevant Radio and EWTN, we have in effect, the new Apostate Church of Fetus.  And/or the Church of the Holy Anti-Liberal Republican God.  Following Pat Robertson; Protestant televangelist – and 1988 Republican Party presidential candidate.

 

Today EWRN itself has already – long since, from the days of Mother Angelica – become a splinter sect or cult.  From the start perhaps, it was the cult of …. the embryo.  It has long been in effect, a new lay church; one that is very, very different from the Catholic Church of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary.  In this strangely narrow, obsessive world, anti-abortionism, and the holiness of the Embryo, is the main, distinctive message. In the new “Catholic” networks like EWTN and Relevant Radio, abortion and the embryo, are now mentioned at least a dozen times a day; and often discussed for an hour or more.  Indeed, in place of the old liturgy and homily, there are dozens of regular speakers on the network, whose main message, is anti-abortionism.  Today, anti-abortion speakers like Karl Keating and Sheila Liuagminas, Johnnette Benkovic, and others, replace our old-fashioned priests.  While they mention their new God, the embryo, far, far more often – a hundred times more often – than say, “the Trinity.”  So that in effect, a new heretical, schismatic church has been formed, at EWTN/RN and Relevant Radio:  the Apostate Church of the Holy Embryo, we call it here.  In which the embryo, not God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, it the main subject.

 

But if it originated as a minor cult within Catholicism, the cult of antiabortionism elected countless Republican candidates, c. 1980-2008.  In that era, it dominated America.  And through America, it has long since dominated/leveraged, the entire world.  With its false doctrines; its talking idols; its new apologists/false priests, false prophets.

 

So how can we today prevent the neo-con, anti-abortion heresy, the Republican worship of the supreme fetus, from any longer infecting and dominating the Catholic Church, and the world?  In part, we can do this by paying closer attention, to the Bible itself; and to the real Catholic Tradition.  To the Bible.  And even the saints.  Like Augustine and Aquinas.

 

But also, we can begin to fix all this … by taking a much closer, more critical look, at “conservative” talk radio and TV.  Specifically, it is time to direct the Church to take a far, far more critical look, at Eternal Word Television Network; and particularly its radio branch, Eternal Word Radio Network.   Indeed, it is time for the Church to take a very, very close look at EWTN/RN and its associates.  And then to take very, very, very firm corrective measures against them.

 

 

 

Bad New Media Institutions – and

Poor Institutional Oversight by

The Roman Catholic Church

 

There is a new breed of false priests out there.  Conservative Catholic talk-show hosts and guests like Drew Mariani and Karl Keating, Fr. Frank Pavone, and Sheila Liaugminas, on EWTN and Relevant Radio, have assured us constantly, daily, implicitly, that they speak for the Church itself.  And how do the give this impression?  They do it, by constantly quoting from parts of the Church, and parts of Catholic doctrine.  To back their statements on air.  And millions of listeners follow these Catholic talk show hosts, as if they were the authentic, official voice of the Church, the Pope.  But most listeners don’t know this about EWTN:  most talk show hosts on Catholic radio, like Karl Keating or Drew Mariani, are not currently, priests.  And in fact, these talk show hosts have no official status in the Church at all; they are only private, “lay” persons.  Who are merely offering their own personal opinion on what the Church says … or what they think it should say.  They quote constantly from the Church, to give the impression that they speak for the Church; but as we will see, that impression is highly misleading; most talk show hosts and guests in religious media, are really pushing, backing, a political party or personal philosophy; and only quote the misleading parts of Church doctrine that support them.  While they do not quote the other parts; the parts that do not support them.

 

Religious talk show hosts on EWTN/RN, typically deliver the occasional quote from the Bible, or from a bishop, that supports their anti-abortionism.  But our radio hosts lie; by only telling a misleading part of the story.  The fact is, the Bible, theology, doctrine, are difficult subjects; typically the lord speaks in phrases that can have more than one meaning. While conservatives read and follow, only the simpler meaning.  And fail to hear the other side of, the other voices in, the text.  Even conservative hosts, are typically people without much education or knowledge about theology (as Cardinal Mahony hinted), and/or techniques of reading.  And therefore the typical hosts, do not read their Bibles or church doctrines well enough.

 

Conservative talk show hosts therefore, ultimately give listeners a vastly oversimplified, one-sided version of what the Church more fully says.  In cases where conservative hosts are fairly educated people – when they are lawyers,  say – they either a) simply ignore the other voices in the Bible and in church doctrines.  Or they b) simply bend – or in Biblical language, “twist” – what the Church says, to what they themselves or their listeners, want to believe.  While, c) since the microphone and the media network is in their control, there is no one that can counter them effectively; any caller who calls in to object, is fairly quickly cut off the air.  While the host and his guest, have all the air time they want; a thousand times more air time, to sell their version of the Church, of “The Truth.”  With no one to contradict them, or rein them in.

 

For some time, then, we have heard only one side of the issues; only one side of the story of abortion for example, on the air; on networks like EWTN.  But now it is time to ask:  what does the “fuller” picture of the Church reveal?  To be sure, ancient authority, in the Catholic Church, often seemed to say that abortion is rather wrong.  But the Church seems to have stopped short of saying that the embryo was a full human being.  Both St.  Augustine and St. Aquinas – who are not only two saints, but also the two classic theologians of the Church (especially Aquinas) –  said that the very young embryo does not have a human spirit or a soul.  While more recently, the Church has confirmed this impression in yet another way; suggesting that no “one issue” like abortion, should be all that important to us.  The Cardinals telling in pronouncements like the 2004 memo from the Pope, Joe Ratzinger, that we should never vote just on the basis of just “one issue,” like abortion.

 

The fact is that the “Holy Father,” Pope Benedict XVI, as well as many other church officials, have long spoken against narrow Catholicism, and specifically a too-narrow focus on abortion.  But the statements of the Pope and others, are almost never mentioned by EWTN/RN on the air; so listeners are unaware of them.  Or those remarks are “twist”ed, by EWTN/RN, Relevant Radio, and associated hosts and guests.  (See our example of Liaugminas, reading only parts of the 2004 memo).

 

But here and now, at last, in our present book, we intend to reveal the other side of the argument, the other side of what the Bible and Church really, more fully said.  Specifically, we intend to reveal the strong opposition to the Pro Life position, to anti-abortionism.  In 1) the Bible; and 2) by the real authority of the Church – Popes and 4) Cardinals; and 4) by the Saints, like Augustine and 6) Aquinas.  And to that we will add 7) the practical, prudent contemporary observation, that  just a look at the practical consequences, of anti-abortionism, show that as a practical matter, this narrow focus on just one issue in life, has physically disastrous consequences.  As it turns out, there are real, physically fatal conclusions, to the narrow focus of this new heretical theology; as millions die from neglect of other issues, like unnecessary wars, lack of health care, environmental disasters, and so forth.

 

As it turns out, there are many sins and disasters, in the narrow, “conservative” Christianity taught in religious media.  Still, until today, those disasters have not been adequately noticed; talk radio has not allowed a true debate on those issues.  So that a radical anti-abortionism had continued to utterly dominate a certain segment of the population.  To the point that it has been able to elect “conservative” candidates in America almost at will.  Particularly, the small but decisive anti-abortion vote, was the very backbone of the “conservative” movement; and it was largely responsible for the election of countless “conservative”/patriotic (jingoistic?) Republicans, like Ronald Reagan in 1980-88, George Bush I 1988-92; a Republican Congress c. 1980-1992-2000; electing and George Bush II 2000-2008.  The conservative vote, which occupied about 19% of the population – went to the Republican Party overwhelmingly; and elected countless Republicans to office.  Even when America had a Democratic president – Bill Clinton, 1992-2000 – the congress was mostly Republican.  And the problem was that  Republicans were very strongly pro-military, and did not want to  “tolerate” dissidents, or love our enemies. When elected, they immediately set a bellicose, war-like tone; Reagan threatening Iran, and so froth.  While Republicans were “good” on the one issue of abortion some said, they were not so good on other issues.  Even core Christian issues.  Like avoiding unnecessary wars.  Or eventually, helping the poor and the sick, with universal health care (2009-10).

 

Recently to be sure, the officially anti-abortion party, the Republican Party, lost the presidential election of 2008.  To a Democrat, Barack Obama,. Who in 2009 promised an attempt at finally taking care of other issues … like Health Care.  Still, one-issue anti-abortionism today, remains undiminished in some circles.  On religious talk radio, the impression remains with millions of listeners, voters, that the Church and God himself, firmly command us to vote for anti-abortion candidates in every election; that in effect, God is ordering us to vote Republican. In every election.

 

This hidden, heretical message – that the Church and God were ordering us to vote for the Republican candidate in every election – has long dominated America.  For nearly 30 years, the conservative anti-abortion vote has very effectively thrown the balance to the conservative Party, the Republican Party, in one election after another, from around  1980 to 2008.  Republican candidates constantly claimed to support its one-issue anti-abortionism.  And so they got many votesBut it is time to note that, from a Christian point of view, these conservative, alleged Christians, were extremely weak on – or even opposed to – other important issues.  Like “loving your enemy,” and avoiding wars.  Or like helping the poor and the sick.  Issues that were, to be sure, supported by Democrats.  But Democrats and their social justice issues, were ignored; indeed, the whole side of the Bible that talked about helping the sick and the poor, were dropped; all in favor of the single, one issue, of abortion.  That cared little for these other issues, at all.  Due to the efforts of religious conservative shows, voters thought that God himself was telling them, that abortion was all He cared about.  (As we find especially in our sections on Karl Keating; one of the main authors of that point of view).  Even though several saints, cardinals, and the Pope, eventually spoke against that.

 

Finally though, we are about to reveal here the side of the story – and indeed, the side of the Bible, the Church, and of God – that “conservative” religious networks left out.  The fact is, many millions of people have been “deceived,” by conservative networks like EWTN/RN.  By its false, narrow idea of the Church, and of God.

 

But how did it happen?  if the Bible itself, and the real authority of the Church, did not support anti-abortionism, you would think that someone would have realized this, and stopped it long ago. So how was it that so many people were deceived?  How was it that Catholicism and America and the world, came to be dominated by what can be shown to be a narrow, false theology?  The problem was not “mainstream media”; the main problem was conservative, religious media.  The problem, we will see, was that the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy exercised inadequate oversight, of the new “Catholic” and other religious media networks.   Specifically, the Church failed to adequately monitor and control, especially, various self-appointed “Catholic” organizations – like EWTN; Eternal Word Television Network.  And related guests and associates:  like especially, Karl Keating, and his regular show, “Catholic Answers Live.” Along with Fr. Frank Pavone, and his narrow, even mono-maniacal, fixated organization, “Priests for Life.”  In particular, it is amazing that the Church to this day allows, ignores, Fr. Frank Pavone; whose organization Priests for Life, is centered on precisely the one-issue theology that so many cardinals have condemned.  Whose organization is dedicated overwhelmingly, to anti-abortionism; to one issue.

 

How and why did the Church ignore all this?  And what was the root of their problem?  Basically, the problem was that especially these new organizations like EWTN and Priests for Life, intermingled, indistinguishably, priests, a bits of religious doctrine, with non priests; with “lay,” conservative talk show hosts and guests.  It was that potentially unholy, at-first confused mixture, that caused a massive corruption of true Catholic doctrines and message.

 

But who was at fault?  The unholy mixture of religion, with politics, would never have happened – if the Church had been more diligent. If the Church had taken far more care with monitoring, overseeing the new, self-appointed “Catholic” radio and TV network that had begun to appeared, with Mother Angelica, in 1981.  The Church failed to notice that this was a new type of religious organization; one that a) was run not by a priest or bishop, but by a mere nun.  And b) that increasingly allowed more and more secular, political persons, to mix in their own political philosophies, with Catholic doctrine.

 

That we will see, has been the root of the error. The Church did not manage the new Catholic network adequately; and particularly, it failed to notice the problems that would come, when rebellious priests – and worse, religiously simplistic talk show hosts – presumed to speak for the Church.  When the Church allowed that, the disaster began.  That was largely what allowed persons with political opinions, to intermix their message with the Church.  Which in this case, resulted in their false, political, “conservative,” one-issue Catholicism, to be disseminated worldwide, in the name of the Church and of God.  (How rebellious are even priests, like Fr. John Corapi?  Listen to John Corapi’s recorded episodes. Like the one where this priest says “Far be it for me to criticize the bishops.  But that being said, let me go on to criticize them” 10:45 PM; in the end of this episode, Corapi goes on to oppose a bishop apparently; a Bishop who opposed Pro Life, anti-abortion Catholicism (11:55 PM). (John Corapi, “The Blood That Saves,” from his series “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ”; played 11:00 – 12:00 on the network Relevant Radio, AM 970, Jan 4, 2010.)

 

The Church, somewhere between its own “conservative” dogmatic slumbers, or in the midst of “liberal” reforms, did not bother to adequately notice or monitor, the new media forms, the new networks. The Church did not bother to adequately monitor their message. So that the Church that had once, historically, convened dozens of councils, the Church that had fought whole, actual wars over a word or two of the liturgy … now suddenly allowed whole unmonitored volumes, millions of words, to be spoken over the airways, in its name, as sacred.  All without supervision, or censure.

 

Possibly the Church thought the presence of nuns and priests, on the network, would control and monitor the message, the theology presented there.  And yet we will see, as Cardinal Mahony was to hint, the priests and nuns on EWTN, were not adequately trained in the media, or in the new issues. So that whatever priests and nuns there were on the network, were soon simply … taken over, overrun, by the secular talk show hosts and guests, and their radical political opinions.  In particular, the new talk show hosts were especially effective, because they were able to present just enough fragments of what the Bible said, and the Church said, to convince themselves and others – to convince even priests – that the Church was backing the new “conservative” theology.

 

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The problems is, there has been a hugely popular radio/TV network, broadcasting its own false theology, its own biased opinions of the Church, as doctrine, dogma, absolute truth.  And it managed to make this claim stick, due to the presence of nuns and priests on some shows.  But the fact is, that the network was never fully in the control or priests; and its message has never been adequately monitored or controlled, by higher and wiser authority in the Church.

 

And believers were taken in by the new network.  Believers were long used to the Church carefully overseeing whatever words are issued in the Church’s name.  In the normal Church service, any words that are issued in the name of the Church and God, are extremely closely monitored and regulated, by Catholic authority.  Especially, the words we hear in the liturgy for, example, have been gone over by one council after another, for thousands of years of critical scrutiny.  So that listeners have come to trust and believe, any words issued by “Catholic” authority.  But what happened, c. 1980, was the rise of new media outlets, like cable TV and later, Internet.  And the explosion of conservative talk radio.  These new media outlets allowed many self-proclaimed “Catholic” individuals and organizations, to appear.  But the problem was, that there was no real, direct Church control over these “Catholic” outfits.  They were able to start offering their mixed religious/secular opinions, their causal thoughts, as the word of the Church and of God.  All without the Church really monitoring or ending their message.

 

Until recently, historically, all words broadly issued as the word of the Church and of God, were very, very carefully controlled.  What the Church believed, was a) carefully defined, refined, by countess councils, over thousands of years.  And b) was disseminated directly from Church authorities; in Catholicism, from Rome and the Pope.  Then it was delivered to us c) usually from very, very carefully defined liturgies; the words said in Church very day having been gone over word for word by generations of priests and authorities, before approval.  Thus there were at least two major controlling agencies, between the Church and us; controlling the message we heard.  It was only after these two agencies, that finally d) these combed-over words were delivered to the people, in turn … but only by well-trained priests.  Priests who had been to seminary, to be highly trained in theology; and who had been trained to follow the liturgical and other messages of the Church, very, very, very closely.  Priests who were d) extremely devoted to the Church, usually as their first career choice; and who were willing to take vows of “poverty, chastity, and obedience,” to the Church.  Priests who were moreover, e) most often under direct supervision of Bishops, etc., in their individual churches.  So that until about 1980, there had been a careful system in the Church, to control, regulate, any message put out in its name.  But what caused the problem was that, from about 1982 or so, with the newer media, this normal, massive, careful system of controls, was simply short-circuited. Or simply, was run around.  Formerly, our main source of information on the Church and God was whatever was uttered, usually in a very controlled liturgy, in a physical church, by a priest.  While in church, every word was extremely carefully monitored and controlled.  But then suddenly, from  about 1982 on, the public began learning what the Church said, not from priests any more. But from a relatively untutored nun; and then from her talk show hosts. Talk show speakers who were not priests, often.  Who many might feel were bound by personal loyalty, to obey and follow the Church; but who were not quite as fully tied to, loyal to the Church, as priests had been.  And who were not under any really effective corrective or controlling mechanism.  Mother Angelica was technically under a bishop somewhere; but no doubt that Bishop did not bother to monitor her message well enough, if he was even aware of her and her work.  So that in effect, a female nun began delivering sermons in the name of a Church that had often said earlier, that it was “unseemly” or even an “abomination” for a woman to speak prominently in a church.  A simple nun began broadcasting her own anti-abortion theology, to millions – and no one was really watching the kitchen.  In this new situation, the new medium, there has been nothing like the old kind of extremely careful monitoring, as to what is presented as the word of God.  There was indeed, all too little oversight of the new “Catholic” media; and soon talk show hosts were generating any number of false, heretical statements, in the name of God.  Which they do every day, today, in fact.

 

The new media network, EWTN, billed itself as “conservative”; but in many respects it was actually revolutionary.  Until this network, any message that was attributed to the Church, and to God, had been extremely carefully controlled and monitored, by a very careful system, as sketched out above.  And those messages were easy to monitor, when they were delivered in physical church buildings, no doubt.  But with the coming of televangelism, there have come to be a huge number of religious media outlets that were not so well controlled or monitored.  And in this situation, we have gotten many merely self-proclaimed, self-appointed Christians – in this case, Catholics – presenting themselves as the voice of the Church and of God.  But who don’t have enough training or knowledge.  And who mix up genuine bits of religious lore, with their own opinions.  This is done accidentally, but also at times deliberately;  as they use the media to present their own twist on, what the Church says.

 

And amazingly, the public accepts these new media figures, as authoritative and definitive. Probably because their staffs are so clever; filled with apologists, lawyers like Karl Keating, who are skilled with words, argumentation; and who were able to ague persuasively – if sophistically – that their own opinions about the Church were true.

 

This situation has gone on far, far too long already. The Church simply overlooked these new people, who have come to offer their own – often heretical – Christianity, as the word of God.  Without any effective opposition or oversight, these new, relatively unsupervised organizations, like EWTN/RN; like Karl Keating’s “Catholic Answers Live,”  were able to present themselves as if they were the voice of the Church and of God.  Even as they presented a message that, being explicitly focused around the single issue of abortion,  is clearly, precisely, the kind of  “one issue” organization that the Cardinals and Pope condemned.  As they did even this, Catholic never noticed; partially because they got their idea of the Church primarily from the network … that never reported any problems with its own message, after all.  While the individual churches simply ignored the network, or were in turn influenced by it.  So that there was effectively no opposition.  Indeed, because of this lack of monitoring, a new kind of message, took over America and the world.  And has been creeping into the Church itself.  Through the back door; through the new “Catholic” radio and TV and Internet.

 

Why didn’t the Church pay more attention?  Ironically, in part, it was liberalism that allowed this “conservative” new voice.  Liberalism had begun, during Vatican II, to doubt the rightness of traditional liturgies; and it began in general to allow “new” ideas to creep into Catholicism. At first, it was various liberal social reforms that were admitted;  including a more tolerant attitude toward homosexuality for example.  These reforms came to be more and more widely accepted; so that by 1980, the Church was ceasing to monitor and control its religious messages as closely as it had in the past.

 

In some ways, a new liberalism was good; a new fresh liberal spirit or gift or “charism” came into the Church, they said. But by 1980, finally, “conservative” elements were sufficiently educated, to perceive, and even take over, this aging liberal prerogative. And conservatives began using the new, liberal openness to new things, to insert now, its own new messages.  Into, if not the liturgy itself, then at least, into the mouths of nuns and some priests, in the new talk radio format.  But in fact, there were already problems with liberalism and its new messages. The Church would soon regret some aspects of its new tolerance for liberalism, for homosexual priests, when it became aware of priests sexually molesting children.   But if some thought that the new conservatism – the “neo cons” as they came to be called – would correct that, we are here to say today that as it now turns out, there were also problems with the new conservatism too.

 

In many ways, when the new conservatism began to create religious networks, this caught the public unaware; in spite of the warnings of a few critics, the public – and the Church – were in 1980, all too complacent and trusting, when a number of private “Catholic” organizations began to appear.  The a) public especially, was still rather used to very well monitored church services; used hearing only highly trustworthy, vetted, well monitored and controlled messages being offered as the word of the Church.  And b) after Pat Robertson, Protestants for example, were increasingly accepting of almost any voice on the radio, as the voice of God.  And c) after 1980,  many were inclined to accept even the voice of women as authority, even in the church.  So that when in 1981, the public heard the voice of a nun on radio and later TV, presenting herself as the voice of the Church … a surprisingly high percentage of Catholics simply accepted that.  The public had not previously encountered anyone presenting any very false view as “Catholic,” in a large public format. Normally in such cases, the Church itself would intervene.  And so, hearing and seeing no real, official Church opposition to Mother Angelica and her obsessive anti-abortionism, the public simply, blindly, “faith”fully followed Mother Angelica and her new network.  Indeed, the public had long been trained to be fully trusting, “faith”ful, to religious leaders; and so it has until now, followed Mother Angelica and her network, EWTN, with all but total blind faith.  The public never realizing that Mother Angelica’s new anti-abortion messages, were not as fully authoritative, as the old liturgy and homilies, that had been delivered by priests, in the highly controlled, tightly structured environment of the church.

 

Since they were delivered in the name of the Church, a largely unsuspecting public, simply accepted all these problematic new “conservative” messages, as the new word of God.  And today, these apostate, heretical “Catholic” media, are as influential as ever.   Indeed, more influential.  As Ferrara began to note in his book, “EWTN:  A Network Gone Bad,” there are many people who listen to these various self-appointed Catholic lay spokesmen on TV and radio – and who accept them as the definitive voice of the Church itself.   And there is no prominent voice to contradict that.  Today there are even probably millions of Catholics who don’t even go to Church, to listen to priests in a physical church where the priest is more constrained in what he says; instead millions now merely listen to religious radio and TV and internet talk shows.  Millions of the faithful, are not even hearing priests, but are listening even primarily, to lay persons, on EWTN; to speakers like Karl Keating, attny., and Sheila Liaugminas.  Neither of whom is a priest.  And yet, much of the public now unreflectively regards these figures, as a true voice of the Church.  As Chris Ferrara warned.

 

Therefore, ultimately, it has been the new conservative media and advocacy organizations, that are where most the problems have come from.  And the people have been unaware of the problem. Millions of people were alerted to problems in secular “media”; they had heard that often secular media, major secular TV networks get religion wrong.  But then they have come to trust far too much, to any medium that presents itself as authentically religious. When a given network like EWTN puts down “mainstream media,” and presents itself as the more religious, pious and loyal representative of God, no one really questioned that.  No one realized that even “religious” shows, people, err.  Even they can be highly unreliable. No one realizing that even the best “religious” networks to date, present radically simplified, and substantially false, theologies.  Even heresies.

 

To be sure, there had been some early warnings. By the time of the first Protestant radio evangelists, some ministers at least, were already warning about false religious doctrines, in TV religion.  And so there has been some – albeit ineffective – tradition of caution, regarding at least, Protestant televangelism.  Particularly, when Pat Robertson came along, and began obviously blending his Christianity, with Republican presidential ambitions.  However, even Pat Robertson has remained fabulously successful, even to this day.  And his “Conservative” blending of religion and Republicanisms, was widely accepted by the time Mother Angelica founded EWTN.

 

To be sure, one would have thought there would still be some considerable resistance however, to a private, Catholic TV network.  Such things were sometimes (marginally) regarded as acceptable in Protestant churches.  Which had always allowed the individual, some personal discretion or freedom, in interpreting the Bible.  But in the past, historically, the Roman Catholic Church was rather against such independent operations. Traditionally, historically, the Roman Catholic Church has always stressed a central hierarchy; with very strong central control, from a Pope.  Indeed, Catholicism often adamantly rejected, “evangelization,” and the Protestant idea that almost any man, priest or not, could be a spokesman for God.  This position moreover, was adamantly defended by the Church, historically:   one of the main disagreements between Protestants and Catholics, was that Protestants insisted that any ordinary human being, could read the Bible himself, and learn about God; while the Catholic Church insisted that only the Roman Church itself, really knew what God was thinking and saying; and within the Church, everyone should obey especially, the Pope.

 

The Catholic Church had historically, adamantly attacked the idea that any private individual could speak for God; “outside the Church there is no salvation,” it was said.  without relying on the Roman Catholic Church. And it defended this idea as part of its war with Protestants.  Protestants had insisting that the Bible itself authorized many people, not just Catholic Popes, to speak for God.  When Jesus told his disciples to go and preach to all nations, Protestants claimed, that “Great Commission” authorized almost anyone at all, to go out and “evangelize”; authorized almost any public citizen some said, to go out and preach about God.  Whether they were trained priests or not; or Catholic or not.  This argument in fact, was the backbone of the Protestant rebellion against Catholicism; the argument they used to justify having their own ministers, and not following the Pope.  But of course, the Church had historically resisted this argument; the Church vociferously stressing obedience to central Catholic authority; especially to the Pope.  Who they said, was the only legitimate successors of the Apostles (by “Apostolic Succession”).

 

Catholics therefore, had until recently, been far more cautious than Protestants, about allowing non priests, or lay talk show hosts, or unattached, unmonitored priests, to speak or “evangelize” for God.  The Church had simply murdered many such persons, as heretics.  And it fought major wars against anyone – like especially Protestants – who claimed that they themselves had the right to evangelize, and tell us what the Bible means.  And so, though Protestants accepted radio shows delivering religious messages independently of any give church – and even messages that began to intermix private politics with religion – it was far, far more rare, to hear a Catholic radio show.  To be sure, there was an occasional odd appearances on radio and Vatican radio, by a Bishop Sheen, or a Pope.  But these appearances were extremely well regulated (except for Sheen, who had notorious problems with Cardinal Spellman in fact).  And they were clearly produced under very direct monitoring.  It was a major change therefore, when the Church became liberalized  in 1981, to the point that a major, rather independent “Catholic” network could appear.  But after the example of Pat Robertson, most Catholics were complacently unaware of the dangers of such an unsupervised format.  Especially, indeed, when the Church itself appeared to endorse something like this; when it began to endorse “the new evangelization.”  Few in the Church quite fully realizing, when they uttered and followed this new phrase, that they were embracing the very evangelization … that they had fought so bitterly, in two hundred years of wars with Protestants.  No one realizing that this phrase in fact, capitulated not only to Protestantism, but to some of the worst tendencies in it.  The “new evangelization” giving in far too much, to allowing simple, private, individual, uneducated voices, on TV and elsewhere, to declare their own private opinions, as the word of God.

 

The Catholic Church had long resisted allowing priests and others to speak casually for the Church.  And it came therefore to religious talk radio and TV, rather late, or not to the same degree as Protestants and Pat Robertson.  So that when a Catholic evangelistic network appeared, such a thing basically caught Catholics by surprise.  Catholicism had not really had much recent experience, with deliberately allowing relatively independent agencies to speak for it. And indeed, it has never seen the wide number of major media and advocacy organizations, that we have today.  Organizations that represent themselves in effect, as the voice of the Catholic Church.  Organizations that were for the first time, allowed to operate somewhat independently of central Church control.

 

Catholics were not used to such organizations.  And in the liberal 1970’s and after, many simple accepted this new innovation.  So that millions of Catholics just simply, blindly, faithfully followed these new networks.  Which are today in fact increasingly accepted … as if they spoke simply, directly, for the Pope.  They were simply accepted as the voice of the Church … Especially because they occasionally have priests on their shows.  Especially since these new organizations quote (albeit selected, edited) snippets of Church doctrine.  So that these new secular networks and organizations, have been increasingly taken, by the people, to be either a) an authorized adjunct of the Church. Or even simply b) the official voice of the Church; even as the voice of the Pope (Ferrara:  “EWTN:  A Network Gone Bad”).  Indeed, many priests seem to accept EWTN as definitive.

 

The problem is though, that these new “Catholic” networks are all too independent. And that problem was unfortunately, allowed to grow; when the Church itself, began to allow such things.  When it even spoke in favor of a “new evangelization.”  And it was all exacerbated, by occasional Vatican infatuation with “lay” expertise.  It is time to note however, that such infatuation has clearly caused trouble in the recent past.  Obedience to liberal psychology for example, allowed “gay rights theory to take over much of the Church.  Which not long ago (around 1970-2007), resulted in the relaxing of Church standards … that is credited with helping to create the scandal of priests, sexually molesting children, c. 1970-2007.

 

Relaxing traditional Church controls, is probably a good thing in many ways.  But any such relaxation will inevitably run into some problems; and should be closely monitored. And just as the relaxation of Church doctrines in a liberal direction caused problems, surprisingly, there are problems with even a new “conservatism” too.  As we are seeing here.

 

Many forces have been at work to relax Church controls. And to allow these new private networks.  Among other contributing trends in the Church, there has been the growing acceptance of “lay” people in church functions.  Of Catholics who were reverent, but who were not priests.  In part, the growing acceptance of lay persons acting for the Church, has been accepted lately, because it seemed necessary as a practical matter.  Since fewer and fewer people wanted to become nuns or priests, in modern times. So that the Church has begun to accept more and more non-priests, to fill out its depleted staffs.  But the problem is that when we admit lay persons, they bring their own agendas to the Church.  [A random example:  speaking of the “Feast of the Holy Innocents,” the deaths of the early saints, a lay speaker on Relevant Radio, assures us that the deaths of saints, are negligible compared to the number of deaths of aborted babies; 50 millions since 1973.  Says this lay guest, of lay spokesman Chuck Neff, standing in for layman Sean Herriott, on Relevant Radio, 7:20 AM, Dec. 28, 2009.  Thus the embryo is now more important than the saints; a pattern repeated when anti-abortionism ignores saint Aquinas for example, when he says that the young embryo is not yet human. Guest “John Lavriola”(SP?), author of “Onward Catholic Soldiers:  Spiritual Warfare …”; “Morning Air” show, Doug Thompson, prod.. Call 877 766 37777. Or 877 ROME 7777, as they tell us; once again emphasizing themselves as the voice of the Roman Catholic church. At 8:03, incidentally, the network quotes with approval, Fr. Frank Pavone, as the foremost Catholic voice against abortion.  Frank in turn commenting on the Senate passing a health bill with funding for abortion:  Frank – violating IRS non-profit rules? – commenting on this ongoing current legislation, now being submitted to reconciliation committees. Telling us that the Senate ignores the fact that the “voters” are 3 to 1 against abortion; Frank warning us that no doubt the senators will be punished in “November,” the month elections are held.  Frank here clearly working, on a nonprofit Relevant Radio, to influence legislation, in the interest specifically, of “vote”s.  Votes that will be Republican, we may assume.]

 

With more and more relatively unsophisticated lay people, now being admitted as church workers, or even presenting themselves in effect in the media, as our new priests, problems have emerged.  The main problem with lay workers should have been predictable enough:  they don’t really know the Church and its fuller doctrines well enough.   Especially we are saying here, the new media, lay pseudo-priests – Catholic talk show hosts – did not know much theology.  And they have been overwhelmingly inclined to mix up their own social political ideas, with their religion.  So that they end up presenting finally, absurd or limited theologies as authentic; odd mixes that would not normally be approved by any good priest with solid seminary training or “formation.”  Particularly, the more recent new lay staffers are prone to simply begin filling in gaps in their religious understanding, with their own ad-hoc political philosophies, or other popular ideas.  In the 1980’s, the new lay/false priests of talk radio, followed Rush Limbaugh particularly.  They have liked to intermix “conservative” or Republican ideas, with religion; mixing the two indistinguishably.  Finally presenting folk or even Republican ideas, as the word of God.

 

The increasing intrusion of lay persons, along with their uneducated or secular ideas, into the Church itself,  has been one major source of the problem we have today.  Today we have countless lay people – like Drew Mariani and Karl Keating – presenting themselves, without adequate training, as the voice of God  These new lay Catholics, typically do not graduate from good seminaries; and do not get religious training as good as priests once got.  Nor are they, later in their careers, monitored effectively by the Church.  And so they have been free, to follow and even broadcast, teach, their own deviant desires.  Particularly, they have long offered their ad hoc political philosophy, as if it was the word of God.

 

And their influence now penetrates into the Church itself; unfortunately, these unauthorized voices have eventually strongly influenced, in turn, the more independent priests and nuns.  Like Mother Angelica of EWTN, and Fr. Frank Pavone.  While ultimately, especially once priests and nuns were infected, millions of people have unfortunately, followed them.

 

The problem has been worse than it might have been otherwise, because the public has been unprepared, and un-warned; as standards of oversight were relaxed in the Church and elsewhere, one really quite really saw the problem anymore, or sounded the alarm. Until today.  Though surely earlier problems with relaxation of sexual mores in the churches, the massive and expensive scandal of uncovering sexually abusive priests, should have served as an early warning signal.  If the Church is to modernize and update itself (as it should), it will need a more reliable, scientific mechanism to do that.  Allowing just anyone to present their personal opinions as the word of God, is not the way to go, here.

 

 

 
“Conservative”?

 

 

 

How has it happened, that an extremist, even terrorist heresy, has all but totally taken over the Church, and America?  The problem in part, was noted above:  a) our rather traditional Catholic Church, was not adequately familiar with the relatively new media of radio, TV, and Internet.  So that the Church did not adequately monitor and control these outlets.  Then too, b) the Church’s enthusiasm for a “new evangelization,” and then c) “lay” organizations, allowed any number of half-trained, half-supervised lay agencies, like EWTN, to exercise considerable power and influence on the public, independently of effective, direct Church supervision.  Then too, d) a certain laxity in its oversight responsibilities, was encouraged by a false, post Vatican II liberalism.  Which e) ironically had the effect of allowing not only in themselves questionable “liberal” elements to express themselves within the Church, but also eventually allowed a new and radical, even heretical “conservatism,” to enter the Church.

 

In fact,  probably the heretical side of anti-abortion organizations slipped by Catholic supervision, in part because they represented themselves as “conservative.”  Billing the new voices as “conservative,” no doubt suggested to any intermittent Vatican review, that these new voices would be following the Church in a very pious and dutiful way; conservatively.  Yet to be sure, the presentation of this new home-spun and politicized Catholicism, was ultimately, not conservative at all. Or you might say that a) the “neo-con” movement in some ways, was so backward or conservative, as to be reactionary, medieval, pro-monarchy (Bush I, Bush II).  While b) other of its ideas were new, radical, and untried, experimental.  Anything but conservative in the sense of sticking only to tried and true ideas and institutions.  Indeed, one-issue anti-abortionism for example, is both.  It a) rediscovers any ancient folk attachment of mothers to their embryos; even as it b) accentuates that in a revolutionary and bad way; it exaggerates that, into the new central principle or focus of an heretical new religion.

 

Normally, such messages would not have caught on; when such ideas were presented in the old, conservative institution of corner churches, there were mechanisms in place to criticize such ideas.  But the new forum for religion, is not in supervised churches, but in mass media.  Overseen by talk show hosts.  And by the way, the new medium was in itself, not traditional.  To begin defining the Church not in seminaries or councils, but from rigged debates in talk shows, is obviously not really conservative at all; it is a revolution in the Church.

 

The new movement was able however, to avoid causing alarm, in part by billing itself as “conservative.” Presenting themselves as “conservatives,” revolutionary right-wing Catholics sneaked into the Church, under the radar; under the “mantle” or “sheep’s clothing” of conservatism.  Using this label, they deluded themselves, and disarmed critics, by implying that they were absolutely obedient and pious and loyal to Catholic tradition.  But indeed, their ideas were only marginally “conservative” first of all, in a political sense.  To be sure, they backed the right or conservative, nationalistic wing of the Republican Party.  But they were not really, religiously conservative.  In particular, in their pro-military militarism, they did not conservatively respect Jesus, as a peacemaker.  Indeed, they all but gave up on the New Testament, in favor of the far more severe God of the Old Testament.  Which however, is not traditional theology today.  And then too, their anti-abortionism violates reams of religious tradition, we are showing here.

 

The new movements’ claim to be “conservative,” disarmed many persons who would otherwise have sounded the alarm.  But now it is time to note to everyone, that its political “conservatism,” is not theologically conservative at all.  Among other problems:  to wave the flag in church, and tout “American values” for example, was conservative in the political sphere in America. But it does not really fit an international Church.  The Church is not an “American,” but is an international organization.  It a) recently has been headed by a Polish and then a German Pope, living in Italy.  The patriotically “American” message of EWTN and Relevant Radio, adamantly does not fit a Catholic Church that resides over b) one billion Catholics who live in 300 or more different countries.  And c) of whom only 60 million, 6%, are American.  Nor does the American patriotism of EWTN (to about 2005), fit a Christianity, a Christ, that comes to speak to “all tongues,” “all peoples,” all nations (Isa. 65.17-66.18-23).

 

How was it therefore, that a radical new theology – anti-abortionism – was able to all but take over the Catholic Church?  No doubt priestly, clerical overseers were confused by the language, the arguments generated by media teams of lay lawyers and sophists like Karl Keating.  These staffers, “apologists,” talk show hosts, were working not so much for traditional religion, but for the new secular/lay anti-abortion organizations.  They were trained or naturally skilled rhetoricians; clever persons who were able to invent hundreds, even thousands of ostensibly religious-based arguments, to justify their own conservative position. Among many hundreds of clever arguments and words generated by this new cadre,  these new semi-secular friars, these new apologists and sophists were able to misuse terms like “conservative,” to mislead themselves and priests.  (See the French Revolution’s problems especially with friars and other clerics in secular state functions).

 

This misuse of language, this odd and unexpected mix of religion and secular ideas, a confusion of “conservatism”s, fooled many.  Many millions of people have heard and believed, that this radically new anti-abortion message, was actually from the traditional, “conservative” side of religion; from the heart of the Bible, and of the Roman Catholic Church. But today at last we are showing here that EWTN’s typically one-issue anti-abortionism, actually denied one Catholic tradition after another.  EWTN having convinced others (and even itself?) that its own beliefs were true, EWTN then simply, willfully disobeyed saints, cardinals, and the pope himself, all without a qualm; when they crossed its own view of what the “real” Church was like.

 

The fact is that in general, the new “conservative,” lay “Catholic” organizations like EWTN, have never really, actually, reflected the true heart of Christianity; or the overall emphasis of the Bible; or the real tradition of the Church.  Instead, the essential mistake of these “Christian” organizations, was that they intermixed and confused their own social political opinions, with the true message of the Bible and the Church. But more particularly, all this built on the to-be-sure all too common equation of “God and Country.”  In America, it is often thought that the Bible, God, and patriotic devotion to America, never conflicted.  America was God’s country; God favored America.  But we will see, this sentiment is not quite true to a Bible that never mentioned America by name, and that often in fact criticized “nation”s.  Nor does it fit an international church.  But the new conservatism ignored all that; often following the example of Protestant American televangelists like Pat Robertson, Catholic “conservative” movements became in effect, fronts for a radical new incursion of nationalistic politics, into religious life.  Their “conservatism” was actually a radical infusion into Christianity … of American superpatriotic nationalist, militarist sentiments. All centered around the Republican Party.

 

To be sure, the equation of God with country, is a common folk idea; but it was never adequately supported.  Many countries like Germany, have thought that their country was supported by God; Germany army belt buckles had “God with Us” stamped on them.  But this should be an illustration of the problem.

 

In some ways to be sure, it was all perhaps genuinely conservative.  For example, there is a sort of native feeling among women, that they should protect the life of their embryos.  And this is a good sentiment, if the woman is going to carry full term, to birth.  It seems possible that many religious women “conservatives” in particular, were rather sincere about their beliefs about the importance of their embryo.  But their rather natural impulses, have been partially misleading. Indeed, women should learn that the embryo is the foundation of a child, if carried to full term, to birth. But it is not quite a full child already.  Women who do not know this, often become inconsolable in the case of miscarriage.  Feeling they have lost a “child.”  But to be sure, the embryo was never quite, entirely, a child after all.  In part, their impulses, their “heart,” was “deceived.”  We need to value the mind; of the child, and our own minds too.  And those do not really appear, until later.  As saint Aquinas confirmed.

 

To some extent, these native conservatisms, were mislead deliberately.  The Republican Party fastened onto these native “conservatisms,” validating them all too quickly, without critical inspection.  Because it was  useful for its own purposes, to exaggerate the “human” status of the embryo, and then labeling this a “conservative” impulse.  All in order to direct more votes to the conservative, anti-abortionist, Republican Party. All this was useful, in order to elect Republican candidates, in U.S elections.  The native sentiment of women, has been exploited to elect, ironically, candidates who might a) pretend to honor the status of the embryo, but b) who did not really hesitate to attack and end the lives of adults, in perhaps unnecessary wars.  Or who c) did not hesitate to vote against Health Care.  Thus perhaps killing many grown children and adults, through unnecessary wars, and/or lack of good health care.

 

The manipulation and wooing of “conservative” sentiments proceeded almost unchecked, c. 1980-2009.  In spite of some critical remarks addressed to “neo-cons,” the new movement, the “Conservative Coalition,” proceeded with enormous speed.  Thanks in part, to the new “Catholic” media networks, like Eternal Word Television Network.  It was rather large; it was broadcast on hundreds of radio stations, and some TV stations; and was offered as part of nearly every major cable and satellite TV package in America.  So that it was available to perhaps two hundred million Americans.  And this platform was even more influential than its size would indicate – since it was offered not as just another media network, but as the word of God.  So that its message was retained far more than the average TV message.  And repeated by word of mouth, by Catholics.

 

Through massive and disproportionately influential organizations like EWTN, a radical, “conservative” anti-abortionism, was successfully preached to all of America.  All of this was offered, furthermore, without real, free, fair, and open debate.  Most listeners were used to institutional regulatory mechanisms, that would for example, insure fair, free, and open debate on publicly-owned airways.  But around 1982 or so, the “Fairness Doctrine,” that allowed “equal time” in debates on controversial topics, was dropped.  Media were no longer required by law to present both sides of a political debate. Lulled into complacency by such laws, the public did not notice that the new talk show format, was no longer a fair, free debate.  That it was one-sided.  The new conservative, call-in talk shows to be sure, presented themselves as if they were still fair debates:  the phone lines were open to listeners; who could call in and – apparently – “debate” the talk show host.  But few people noticed that these new conservative talk shows only mimicked, faked, debates; that the whole game was actually rigged.  Those who know what real debate is, could have told the public that this was never a real debate.  First, a) often only the network itself knew in advance, which topics would be debated.  Then too b) normally only the network had trained apologists and experts readily on hand, to represent its own views; while the public responders, were completely in the dark, and unprepared for each discussion on air.  Then too, c) callers were “screened”; they first had to talk with and pass a screener; who would often simply refuse to air anyone who seemed too well informed, who would pose a too-effective speaker.  So that if there were any potentially effective opponents that happened to call in, they were often simply eliminated, and never allowed on the air.  And d) if a qualified speaker managed to slip by the screener, and get on the air … to make some telling points?  When anyone called in, and managed get on the air?  To voice some cogent objections to EWTN’s radically anti-abortion views?  Then EWTN talk show hosts, and control room staff, simply, routinely silenced any such genuine, effective debate … with their “off” buttons.  They simply hung up on them.  Hung up on anyone who presented too strong a case for abortion.  e) Leaving the talk show host to voice his own opinion as conclusion, with no further challenges allowed.  So that there was almost never a true and honest, fair debate, on conservative talk radio.  Which pretended to honor free debate, the pillar of Democracy; but which took dozens of measures to make sure it never actually honored it.  (Cf. the 2008 discussion on the possible revival of the “Fairness Doctrine.”)

 

Ironically therefore, talk radio was never politically conservative.  In that it never really honored the deepest tradition of Democracy:  fair, free, and open debate. And of course again, the “Catholic” “conservatives” were extremely rebellious, revolutionary, in other ways too.  Most striking was their radically non-conservative rebellion against the saints, the cardinals, and “Our Holy Father,” the Pope.

 

The rebellion by “conservative” Catholic radio against core Church authorities – many (if not all) saints, cardinals, popes – is especially unexpected and shocking:  since one of the major features of Catholicism was an even excessive emphasis on following priests, cardinals, popes.  The Catholic Church was always a top-down, hierarchical organization, that hugely emphasized the authority of the Pope, over all other figures in Christendom. Indeed EWTN, in its assertion that the Catholic Church was better than the Protestant, constantly voiced the traditional Catholic argument that … the essential mistake and sin of Protestantism, was to fail to see, the authority of the bishops, the cardinals, the Pope.  So it was doubly surprising, when a) priests on EWTN told us (c. 2005/6?), that we didn’t need to follow a saint like St. Aquinas any more. And when b) they simply ignored the Pope’s 2004 memo, allowing us to vote for pro-abortion candidates.  And it was doubly surprising again, when c) the subtle rebellion of EWTN founder Mother Angelica, became so increasingly open, that around 1997 or so, Mother Angelica began to criticize, on air, an acting cardinal, Cardinal Mahony (q.v.).

 

Because they had presented itself as loyal, conservative, many of the new networks were able to avoid criticism, from many.  But when EWTN founder Mother Angelica though, finally began to openly criticize a cardinal, finally, belatedly, elements of the Church began to recognize … problems in these new “conservative” organizations.  There were occasionally attempts by prominent Christians in the Catholic hierarchy – like Cardinal Mahony – to deal with EWTN.   And then, c. 2003-7, there were those famous statements by Cardinals McCarrick, and Ratzinger, against dis “proportionate,” “one issue” Catholicism. But these random remarks were by no means strong enough; the average working-class Irish Catholic or Spanish woman, never really heard about the conflict between EWTN and the Catholic hierarchy – because EWTN seldom mentioned it.  Or if EWTN ever mentioned the problem, the concepts of dis “proportionate,” “one issue” problems, were too obscure.  Many uneducated listeners had no idea that when the Cardinals were condemning “one issue” Catholicism, they were condemning EWTN and its one-issue anti-abortionism.

 

Therefore, the Church’s sporadic and mild corrections of elements of the new conservatism, were ineffective.  By the time Cardinal Mahony began to rather directly confront Mother Angelica of EWTN, the network was already well established:  with a) hundreds of radio stations; b) an Internet presence; with c) a potential TV cable audience of hundreds of millions; and d) legions of anti-abortion lobbyists, lawyers on hand, to lobby for its own causes.  And it had e) a stable of converted priests.  With all that, by 2005 or so, EWTN had more than enough institutional power to prevail in arguments and power struggles.  It had enough power, to simply topspin, or even effectively ignore, the mild, ineffectual, indirect, pastoral attempts by the Church, to slow down or correct EWTN’s message.  The legions of spin-doctors at EWTN, were able to use their rhetorical skills, to convince even most Church opponents, that the Church itself supported EWTN.

 

So the new conservative media have persisted.  EWTN has persisted, and has even grown.  Broadcasting to hundreds of millions of Catholics, for 28 years, and spread by word of mouth, eventually in effect, its false anti-abortionism, has been presented to the whole world. While more recently, its false doctrine is even now continuing to backwash onto – and dominate – even the Church itself.  Thanks to its many dozens of arguments, increasingly, more and more Bishops apparently believe that EWTN’s “conservative” anti-abortionism, is the authentic voice of the Church, and of God.  (Or at least, more and more Bishops are prepared to believe that, for various reasons).  But here and now, we are finally beginning to outline the mistake of Catholic media like EWTN.  In part, the problem has been that EWTN and its many anti-abortion and “conservative” voices, we will show, confused political conservatism, with religious conservatism.  They confused a conservative, pro-American Republican superpatriotism for example, with religion.  They confused God, with Country.  They mixed up love of traditional America, with love of Catholicism.  In addition, the new religious conservatives … did not ever really acknowledge real devotion to leadership.  In that sense, it was never conservative at all.  It violated, denied, the central principle of Catholicism:  obedience to the cardinals and to the Pope.

 

The fact is, there are many, many revolutionary, radical, rebellious elements in this new “conservatism.”  The fact is for example, among many other things:  devotion to a single nation like America for example, was never quite what the Church is really about.  After all, the Christian church is an international church.  With no particular affiliation to any single country.  The Roman Catholic Church, the pope for example, preside over one billion Catholics, in more than 300 countries.  The Church includes one billion believers -of  whom only 6%, are American.  The attempt to intermix American patriotic, nationalist “conservatism,” with Catholic conservatism, therefore, was not quite right.  In point of fact, the folding of Catholicism, into conservative superpatriotic Americanism, was never true to the real nature of the Church.  Which was international.  (Even God’s devotion to the nation/kingdom Israel was often qualified).

 

Part of the problem has been especially, the new intermixture, confusion, of political ideas, of the traditions of men, with religious tradition.  The problem has been that most of the new “Catholic” media organizations and self-appointed Catholic spokesmen like Karl Keating – our new priests, our new self-appointed popes – confused their lay political ideas, with the word of God and of the Church.  So that they have presented to the people, an unholy mix of personal opinion, and biased political philosophy, with religion.  Presenting it all, as if it was holy.  While in point of fact, it is no such thing.

 

What can be done about this?  Amazingly, the Church has at times tried to end this problem.  As we will see, at least three Cardinals – McCarrick, Mahony, Ratzinger – have tried to rein in EWTN and Karl Keating,  and anti-abortionism.  But clearly, they have not been successful in stopping it.  Likewise, the intermittent presence of dozens of priests on the network, has not prevented this conservative heresy from growing.  Anyone who regularly listens to the network, will quickly discover that the radical and heretical, disproportionate, one-issue anti-abortionism of EWTN, Karl Keating, Fr. Frank Pavone, continues unchecked, even to this very day.  Though many subjects other than abortion are mentioned on the network, we are still regularly told that the single issue of abortion out-trumps, outweighs, all other issues at the voting booth.  While indeed finally, all that really resulted from the presence of priests on the network, was that the radical heresies of the network, backwashed onto the priests.  So that today, more and more priests simply accept EWTN as in effect, their pope.  And more and more priests accept its heretical message, as the authentic voice of the Church.  Indeed for millions of Christians, EWTN is the voice of God.  Or more simply, conservative organizations like EWTN are God.

 

Actually however, it is a new heresy; a new, schismatic branch of the Church.  A sect that, because of its narrow fixation on the embryo, might best be called … the Breakaway Church of the Holy Embryo.

 

To be sure, the conservative heresy is gaining more and more power, every day.  Today it is increasingly … infecting the Church itself.  Today, more and more priests and Catholics, are getting to know their Church, not just from approved seminaries, but through the new media.  Increasingly, priests learn from the media; so that the theology of guest speakers and talk show hosts, is now backwashing into the Church proper.  Archbishop Burke for example, corresponded with, flirted with EWTN; and was over the years, seduced by it and its arguments.

 

Today, conservative Catholic radio, is taking over one bishop after another.  As it now, takes over the Church itself.  Even though it not exactly “conservative”; indeed in fact, in many respects, in its present form, it is a radical heresy.

 

No doubt, a fruitful avenue of future research, will be more clearly rediscovering – and conserving – the natural roots of our human existence; but that process of discovery should be conducted by serious natural science … and not the raw assertions of polemicists.

 

 

 

Fixing This

 

Among several new “conservative” doctrines, has been a radically narrow, odd, deformed, one-issue, “Pro Life,” anti-abortionist view of life and God.  A view which was heavily publicized by a heretical nun by the name of Mother Angelica; and her own media network, called EWTN.  Using this media platform, to constantly publicize her obsessively narrow, one-issue view of life, Angelica has long since taken over many millions of Catholics.  Focusing obsessively, a dozen, a hundred times a day, on the embryo, Mother Angelica created in effect, a strange new, anti-abortion God; or God the Holy Embryo.  Who has long been the chief deity, around EWTN and Mother Angelica.  And thanks to Mother Angelica, and her media network, this strange new god is even now, taking over even many Bishops … and possibly, soon, the Church itself.

 

How was it that the Church allowed this heresy to grow?  It was in large part, the Church’s unfamiliarity with – or simple laxity about – the dangers of the new “Catholic” radio and TV and Internet media.  Especially, as directed by “lay” Catholics, or non-priests.  The problem was that not matter how well-informed and intelligent they may appear, lay believers, are never quite as well trained, or quite as devoted, as priests are, to the Church.  Consequently, they inevitably let their watered-down idea of God, mix with, get confused with, their political opinions, the “traditions of men” that they absorbed in secular or lay life.  And when the Church began admitting more and more of these people into more and more vital and administrative centers, it meant that the message of the Church has been increasingly, corrupted.  In fact, if the Church itself was not in the past guilty of “teaching the traditions of men,” as Protestants always accused, certainly it is now.  These new Catholic organizations, are guilty of all that; in spades.   Of indistinguishably intermixing religion and political/social “philosophies,” the traditions of men.  Like mixing religion and “conservatism”; a word never mentioned in the Bible at all. But found in the Republican Party platform, often.  Neo-conservatives claimed to be following religion diligently, conservatively.  But we will be showing here that their ideas were not really as pious and loyal, as they thought … or pretended. (Many conservatives after all were not so religious; but thought a “big tent” would be good; relaxing sincerity, to allow religion to join into politics, was politically expedient).

 

Unfortunately, this unholy mix, this disaster foretold in the Bible itself, is today, nearly as strong as ever.  Today it seems that more and more Bishops, especially, are increasingly influenced by this new, mixed tradition; by the assertion that rabid anti-abortionism, is indeed the word of God.  EWTN has carefully cultivated, “educated,” badgered, and egged on dozens of priests and bishops; and eventually it seems, they were able to convince Bishop Burke, to follow their views.  And when he did, then EWTN had begun to infect the Church itself, finally. Indeed, when EWTN protégé Archbishop Burke took over the Vatican court, around 2008, anti-abortionism has all but officially become, the new law of the Catholic Church itself.

 

But this is not a positive development; this means that a false, narrow, one-issue theology –  a false God, a false Christ – has increasingly dominated the Church.  And  through the Catholic vote, has dominated America.  And through America, the world.  Indeed, this false, antiabortionist embryo God, we will find, has long changed the course of world politics, for the worse. For exactly the reasons the Cardinals noted:  when you focus all your energies and attention on just “one issue” like abortion, you end of neglecting many other, worse evils, and allowing them to flourish.  Just like the Bible said somewhere (?):  just when you have expelled one demon, unless you are diligent, seven worse demons return in its place.

 

So how can we fix this?  Or is it too late? In large part, we have assumed here, that we can fix this in part, just clarifying what real religious authority actually, more fully, said.  In part, by showing what the Bible itself really said about abortion for example. Conservatives quote the Bible; but so does Satan himself (in the Temptation).  Anyone can quote the Bible … in a misleading way.  Conservatives have quoted the Bible … but until today, they have obscured the real message of the Bible and God, by quoting just misrepresentative parts of the book. The real, fuller message, has been obscured, “twist”ed, by media hosts and guests and “apologists.”  To be sure, many Catholics have resisted this message. [On Relevant Radio, Dec. 29, 2009, 10:44 AM, AM 970, Fr. John Corapi chastises Catholics for voting for a candidate – Barack Obama – who had just voted for partial birth abortions; as many did. But “in the end we win” says Corapi; meaning God supports the Republican Party, one assumes.  And that it will win. As for the others?  “Treat that as we would treat psychotic behavior” he says.  Though with “love.”  “The Catholic Church” series; The Church, “The Body of Christ” lecture.  But why do Catholics vote Democratic, and not anti-abortionism?  It is because after all, they know that anti-abortionism is not the authentic teaching of the Church; but only of Fr. John Corapi].  Indeed, not as many have voted for Democrats then would otherwise have voted for them.  Given the fact that in America many Catholics are from ethnic minorities; like Hispanics.  Who would otherwise vote disproportionately for the pro-ethnic party, the Democratic Party.

 

It is not easy to counter conservative polemics however.  No one should underestimate the a) grass-roots power of organizations like EWTN/RN, and related special interest organizations. Which appeal to the sentiments of women and so forth. But especially, no one should underestimate b) the spin-doctoring abilities of their staff of trained spokesmen, talk show hosts, and apologists.  Over the years,  the conservative coalition has been developing a vast network of interrelated conservative organizations;  a conservative conspiracy.  Or a “conservative coalition,” as it calls itself.  So that today there is a vast network of “conservative” organizations and individuals – including a huge number of anti-abortion lobbyists – ready to argue with anyone who tries to expose them. Today, there are dozens of anti-abortion organizations; staffed in total, by literally hundreds of professional speakers.  Merging with hundreds of existing “conservative” and Republican organizations.  After three decades, spent building a “conservative coalition,” today a vast web of similarly-minded, “conservative” parties currently exists.  Exchanging intelligence and “talking points” – and then delivering their own message on their own entire media networks.  Like EWTN; and CBN; and Fox.  And this “conservative coalition,” has become powerful enough, that it has long dominated about 19% of the voting population. Who vote “conservative,” or anti-abortion in every election.  And this number has been extremely significant; it has been enough to swing the balance, in the vast majority of elections in America, 1980-2007.  Dominating the Church, dominating the vote in America; and then, through American influence, dominating the who world.  With a false idea of Christ; presenting Christ as Jesus the antiabortionist, in effect; or Jesus in effect, as the Holy Embryo.

 

No one should underestimate the increasing power of the new interlacing conservative special-interest groups.  These increasingly define our society, and that today define even our religion.  Rapidly exchanging information and “talking points”/rhetorical tricks on the Internet, anti-abortion organizations like “Priests for Life,” Catholic Answers Live, EWTN/RN, CBN, and Fox, now form part of a new type of vast, interconnected web; full of trained rhetoricians, spin doctors, sophists.  This vast, well-trained group, armed with workbooks and websites and media networks and talking points and exchanged intelligence, constantly generates, among other things, anti-abortion arguments.  So today we have a worldwide group of people, systematically trading information back and forth …while never honestly, fully allowing dissenting voices on their shows or sites.  Never allowing full, fair, honest debate.

 

Because of this vast new web, anyone who wants to tell Christians what the Bible really says, or tell Catholics what the Church and Pope really say, now increasingly comes against a vast, systematic, coordinated army, of trained, well-armed debaters.  Armed with hundreds of –  albeit false – arguments.  So that today, anyone who wants to accurately picture what the Bible really, fully said, in effect has to go against an almost unstoppable media juggernaut; against a vast, 24/7, rhetoric machine.  Anyone who wants to examine the abortion issue objectively, must go against a) dozens of anti-abortion organizations; b) organizations staffed with well-rehearsed, trained professionals. Organizations that c) constantly develop talking points and responses to attacks. Organizations that d) now have their one-issue anti-abortion message distributed all over the United States and the world, by dozens of media networks.

 

Against the new media/rhetoric machines, a single, lone speaker of the truth, has almost no chance of survival. A single debater today, is like a single-shot rifle, advancing against an entire company of men armed with machine guns.  Today, there is a vast anti-abortion net out there; one which has already, in the recent past, had more than enough organizational power to all but destroy any opposition; to smother any attempt to accurately teach what the Bible really says.  Even to desecrate our own arguments, with dozens, hundreds of sly, false arguments.

 

It would seem all but impossible, for a single person, to successfully combat the vast, conservative machine – or especially one-issue anti-abortion machine within it – that has already dominated America, and has dominated the world.  But it a single person, and one argument or two, has no chance against the rhetoric machines, here and now, finally, our defensive strategy is to offer dozens, a hundred and more, possible counter-arguments, to combat this abuse.  Our method here, is a simple one in principle:  we simply, herein, summarize 100 or so anti-abortion arguments … and supply responses, counter-arguments, to each and every one of them.  To at last, give the Pro Choice camp sufficient ammunition (for the time being). No doubt to be sure, in today’s 24/7 rhetorical operations, our own arguments will soon enough, be countered by still more counter-counter sophistries.  But for the moment, at least a few of our arguments here, one or two should stand.  And that may be enough to even, at last, take the field.  For a moment.  Before still more arguments are required.

 

Today, to be sure, an extremely powerful one-issue, anti-abortion media machine is in existence.  Centered around EWTN.  And due to this powerful machine, a false, anti-abortion theology has played a small but significant role in the Catholic vote; in effect, anti-abortion sentiment was enough to tip the balance, in one election after another, c. 1980-2007.   Though anti-abortionism, the Heretical Church of the Holy Embryo, was never strong enough to utterly dominate religion – and ironically, was never strong enough to actually outlaw abortion itself – still, the anti-abortion movement was extremely virulent.  And when it threw its votes into the “Conservative Coalition,” though its 19% of the voting population was never enough to overthrow Roe v. Wade, it was enough to elect one pro-war “conservative” Republican after another, into office.  And its narrow focus, was more than enough, to stall all other important “issues”; like avoiding unnecessary wars, executions, environmental problems, and problems with Health Care.  Thus anti-abortionism was more than enough to utterly denying the Christ, who never mentioned abortion, but constantly told us to help the poor, and heal the sick.

 

Working clearly against Christ himself, a vast and perverse machine, a false Catholicism, has dominated America and the world, for years.  But finally, there is a way to counter this gross heresy that has been taking over the Church, and taking over American politics; finally at last, there is a way to counter the heresy, which was enough to decide one major election after another in America, c. 1980-2006.   And the way to counter that, is to simply begin here and now, to produce a massive number of counter-arguments to antiabortionism.  Especially, to reveal arguments that suggest that anti-abortionism is weakest, in its claim to have a Biblical, Christian, or Catholic foundation.

 

Here we offer more than one hundred arguments against Pro-Life anti-abortionism (and peripherally, “conservative” Catholicism).  Since Christians do not really listen to any other type of argument than a Bible-based one, here we will focus especially on religious arguments. Showing that first of all:   1) anti-abortionism has no real Biblical basis.  Then showing next, that its 2) ethical arguments are purely sophistical and invalid, unsound.  While showing that 3) if anti-abortionism ever seemed to get any historical support from the Catholic Church, ultimately, the movement was rejected even by the Church itself: it was rejected by aa) Church tradition, and bb) the current Church hierarchy.  As being too narrow:  focusing too much, as Cardinal McCarrick said, on “one issue.” While ignoring other, “proportionate”ly more important issues; as Cardinal Joe Ratzinger – our current “Holy Father,” Pope Benedict XVI – said.

 

It is hard for a single person or two, to defeat a massive “conservative” media machine.  But it is possible.  By offering … a huge number of arguments; by supplying lots of ammunition to our friends.  To defeat the false vision of the Church and of God that has so long determined most elections in America, we offer  in the enclosed document, a summary of over one hundred and fifty religious, biblical, and practical ethical  arguments. Against the hundred or so most common, anti-abortion talking points.  And if one or two of these arguments are temporarily shot down?  Then after all, there are a hundred left.  While it only takes on valid argument, after all.

 

And so here it is:   we here and now offer to the public, our book on “The Pro Life Heresy:  100 Religious, Christian, Biblical, and Catholic Arguments Against Anti-Abortionism.”

 

You Can Help

 

Can even our hundred or more arguments alone, though, be successful?  Today unfortunately, a vast professional network of apologists and spin doctors exists, to try to refute all our points here.  And unfortunately, our single book cannot counter them all, due to limited space.  Even with a hundred or more arguments, still, anything we say here and now will be in turn, eventually attacked by a vast army of debaters, sophists. With arguments we cannot anticipate, or not have the opportunity ourselves to answer. And so all our points here, will eventually need follow-up support … from others.

 

For the moment, to be sure, our hundred and more arguments offered here, might be enough to win the day, for a day or two.  Indeed, the sheer number of our arguments, the sheer number of objections to anti-abortionism, should help; it will be hard for anti-abortionists to answer every single one of them.  (And by the way, our opponents need to answer every single one of them. Even if many of our arguments are defeated, still, it only takes one valid argument, to win our case.  This is to be sure, the shotgun, carpet bombing approach. But after all, it often only takes one bomb on target, that hits the mark, out of a hundred, to win the day). If anyone should hear a seemingly counter-argument, to one or two of our points or another?  Note that we here offer a hundred or more objections to anti-abortionism.  And if the anti-abortion spin doctors imagine they have “disproven” one or two?  Then note that only one, single valid objection is needed, to counter anti-abortionism.  Logically, if any single one of our objections to anti-abortionism is true, that is enough to defeat their cause.   If one gun doesn’t work, try another one.  It only takes one.  Anti-abortionists must defeat not one or two, but every single one of these hundreds.

 

Our hundreds of arguments here by the way, are probably mostly, very good.  But no doubt our critics will soon  find one or two points, among the thousands noted here, that seem weak to them.  And attacking that single weak point, they believe they have “disproven” our case. But note to them that “disproving” one or two of our arguments, is not enough. Logically, they need to disprove … every single one of them.  Since if only one of our hundreds of arguments is true, then that one is enough to stop anti-abortionism.  And surely among our hundred or more answers to anti-abortionism, there are at least one or two that are finally, good.

 

One hundred and more arguments are offered here therefore against a) conservatism in general; against b) EWTN; against c) specifically the Pro Life position; d) especially against the extreme, “one issue,” Pro Life stand.  This should give considerable ammunition, to those who care about the truth.  Still, to be sure, the anti-abortion lobby remains massive, and powerful. The anti-abortion vote has already determined many elections.  It is also well-staffed; there are several individuals and organizations devoted nearly full time, day after day, to generating counter-arguments, against abortion.  In the very new world of interconnected advocacy groups, media machines, talk radio, it is technically impossible to get in the last word.  In this now ongoing, continuous war of words and concepts.   For several reasons.  Indeed, in a sense, mere books, like this one, are insufficient in many ways.  The problem is that books – as Plato and others knew – suffer various limitations, compared to a live opponent.  A book is a relatively static, fixed, object.   It can pack in a great deal of meaning; but no mere book, can anticipate every possible argument against it.  (Even the Bible, the book of John, admits similar limitations in the end; John 21.25).  A mere book in fact, is insufficient in the new world of continuous argument.  A mere static book, written and then after all separated from its author, will not be flexible enough, will not be able to respond, when wave after wave of more countering sophistries are generated every day, to “counter” our own arguments here.  Live sophists will often have the last argument, vs. our static book.  So that finally, there is nothing to prevent even our ramparts of one hundred guns, being overrun; by a future resurgence of “conservatives.” Finally in fact, there is really nothing to defend our position … except in part, you, the reader.  And your own efforts.

 

A new era of the new rhetoric machines, sound bites and advocacy networks, is here.  Conservatives and anti-abortionists, presently already have a live, ongoing, flexible, continuous and current group of organizations.  And their new type of rhetorical machine, was recently enough to easily win the day, against the now obsolete mechanisms of slow, published, reasoned arguments, and the slow corrective and monitoring mechanisms of the traditional Church.  It seems clear therefore, to counter this new kind of argument machine, we ourselves also will need an ongoing presence and organization too.  We need that, to counter the small but very effective, “conservative,” one-issue theology network that so long dominated American events and politics.  And that may one day again, soon, control America … and the world.  Those who care about America, and God, and the world,  therefore must convince themselves – as you must ask yourself, a live, walking talking reader – to help.  And so we ask you yourself, to take up the argument, in whatever state it exists in your own time and situation.  We ask first of all, 1) your personal assistance in presenting these existing arguments, this petition, to various authorities.  And then 2) we ask that you take up our positions and defend them against the inevitable counter-attacks, from the sophists and talk show hosts.  And we ask you to 3) add your own new and better defenses, if any, at the end of this document.

 

Where should the present book, and its arguments, be sent?  First of all, this book could and should be submitted by you to, among other places, the Roman Catholic Church itself.  To:  a) your local minister or Catholic priest.  And to b) your local Catholic Bishop.  To:  c) an appropriate office of USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).  To d) the Vatican offices concerned with media (Office/Congregation of Social Communication, etc.?); and to the office concerned with maintaining doctrinal correctness in the Church (the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith?); and to the Vatican offices that oversee priests, clergy/religious orders.  This letter and book in fact, should be sent also to e) the Pope.  And to various other parties; including say f) Cardinal Roger Mahony (ret.); or g) Cardinal McCarrick (ret.?).

 

This letter of complaint, and accompanying text, h) should especially be sent to the Bishops and Cardinals of dioceses overseeing prominent anti-abortionists.  Including aa) the Bishops and Cardinals presiding over Karl Keating’s diocese, in San Diego; bb) to the Bishop and Cardinal presiding over EWTN, in Birmingham Alabama.  To cc) the supervisors of Fr. Frank Pavone.  And dd) the Bishop of Sheila Liaugminas’ diocese.  Among others.   And to key persons and agencies, in the Vatican or Holy See; including say, the “Pontifical Counsel for the Laity” (address:  Pontificio Consiglio per i Laici, Pallazo San Calisto, 00120 Cittadel Vaticano, Rome, ITALY.   E-mail at pcpl@laity.Vatican. va.  Other relevant Vatican agencies might include the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith; and congregations or offices whose job it is to oversee the various monastic religious orders – like the Franciscan monks, from Steubenville Ohio, who often appear on EWTN/RN)

 

Our book, accompanied by your own letter of introduction, might also be i) sent to various Pro Choice organizations too:  a) like Catholics for Choice; b) NARAL, and so forth.  And to say, c) Rep. Patrick Kennedy; and others who have been attacked by anti-abortionists.  Including say, the d) family and attorney of Dr. Tiller, the anti-abortion doctor assassinated by anti-abortion terrorists, in 2009.  It might also be sent to the DNC – Democratic National Committee; specifically the branch dedicated to presenting the Democratic Party’s outreach to the Catholic Church.

 

 

Our Own Petition to the Roman Catholic Church

Presented Hereby

Our j) present book in any case, is presented here and now, not only as our own open letter, but also as our open but formal petition, to the Catholic Church; a petition requesting action by the Church, against the excesses of Pro Life anti-abortionism. We address our book to all priests, Bishops, Cardinals, and to the Pope.  Especially to those in dioceses overseeing strongly anti-abortionist activists.  To any and all such priests, bishops, we request hereby that they take immediate action against any and all Catholic anti-abortionists.  We request that the Church inform them, that their anti-abortion activities and theology, are not approved, by the leadership of the Church itself. Anti-abortionists also need to be told that their position is currently, a heresy. And that therefore, anti-abortionists, should not present themselves for communion in any Catholic church.

 

Dramatic action not only by the public, but also by priests, Bishops, Cardinals, and by the Pope, is now necessary. Not just to prevent heresy and injustice; recent events make it clear that dramatic action against anti-abortionists, is now even necessary in part, to prevent the rising wave of anti-abortion terrorism.  Recalling here, for example, the recent assassination of abortion doctor Tiller, in 2009.  And Fr. Frank Pavone’s actions in support of anti-abortion terrorism (Pavone repeating on the air, on Relevant Radio?, the addresses of other abortion doctors, not long after this crime).

 

This document should be sent to many different parties.  But this document itself however, by the way, k) should not be presented directly to say, EWTN, or other “Catholic” anti-abortion organizations. Past experience has shown that such organizations, do not listen to any corrections or pastoral criticisms.  Instead, they will merely examine the points carefully … to develop sophistical arguments against them. By now, EWTN/RN and similar operations, are beyond correction.  They are seasoned, well-hardened, professional fighters; with “seared consciences” (1 Tim. 4.2 RSV).  They have already been urged a hundred times,  in a brotherly, pastoral way, by call-in listeners and others, to amend their views … and have refused.  Indeed, EWTN has been advised by priests, bishops, cardinals, saints, and by the current pope, that its position is false. And yet, even when chastised, criticized by Cardinals and the Pope himself, EWTN still has not relented.

 

So that, given Pro Lifer’s proven “stiff-necked”ness in the past, their obdurate and scandalous resistance to the truth for twenty years and more of radio “debate” on this issue, given their often even open refusal to obey even three Cardinals, and the Pope, finally there is little hope of simply converting anti-abortion leaders like EWTN, to the truth.  Sending EWTN our book there, will probably achieve nothing but merely forewarning this well-staffed enemy, of our arguments and tactics.  Therefore, rather than simply sending our book here to anti-abortionists,  the best strategy is now simply … going around this well-entrenched enemy of the Truth and the Church, and of God.  By taking this argument directly to EWTN’s immediate (if in the past, ineffective) superiors:  to the Bishops; but even more to the Cardinals, and the Pope himself, especially.  With proofs offered here, that the Church’s past milder actions have clearly failed; and with our demand here that therefore, the Church now take far, far more forceful and dramatic action against anti-abortionists.  Especially, anti-abortionists should be told that their stance, typically violates the ban by two Cardinals and the Pope, on “one issue,” dis “proportionate” Catholicism.  That therefore their position is a heresy.  And that therefore they should be convicted of heresy, and banned from presenting themselves for communion.

 

This book is in fact addressed in large part, to the Roman Catholic Church as a request, petition, for its action.  But then too of course, we l) wish to hereby present this entire book, to the American people as a whole – and to the whole world.   We offer this as a petition … and as a resource book.  So that at last, ordinary people and scholars will be able to see both sides of the abortion debate.  To defend themselves, to balance, the one-sided, one-issue rhetoric of legions of anti-abortion sophists.  With at last, a more effective response.  With more than one hundred arguments that at last, tell the other side of the story, from what they heard on EWTN.

 

This we finally offer up though, not just to the public, or just to the bishops; but m) all this we offer to, and request, of God:  in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

 

 

[A first version of this chapter, and accompanying text, was sent originally as E-mail, as a petition, to Pope Benedict XVI; E-mail returned.  And as a paper to Catholics for Choice, etc., c. March 09, 2009.  Later c. 2010 it was sent informally to the Vatican, council for the Laity; and published in an earlier form, but with substantially the same content, c. March 2010, on “Brettongarcia’s Blog”; likely it will be offered online in this 2nd edition too.]

 

 

A sample letter of petition,  to be sent at a reader’s discretion,

to any Church official or priest:

 

 

 

A Letter of Petition

To Every Catholic Official,

On the Heresy of Pro-Life Anti-Abortionism,

EWTN/RN, Karl Keating, Fr. Ed Sylvia, Fr. Frank Pavone and “Priests for Life”;

Sheila Liaugminas; Drew Mariani and Relevant Radio; etc.

 

 

 

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Over the past few years, many of us have become concerned about a false “Catholicism” spread by self-appointed, but not officially recognized “Catholic” outlets; like Eternal Word Television Network; EWTN/RN.  These and other organizations, and individuals, have often presented themselves as the official voice of the Catholic Church – although in fact, they have had no such official status.  They are private, non-profit organizations, that falsely present themselves as if they were the voice of the Church.  Even as they present actually, theologies that are false.

Especially, many “Catholic” organizations are involved in generating a “conservative,” radical, one-issue anti-abortion “Catholic” message.  One which ends up insisting that all Catholics must vote for conservative, anti-abortion candidates.  Which means we are told in effect, that the Church, God, order us to vote for Republicans, in every election.

Many millions of people have heard this false theology, uttered in the name of the Church.  And then too, priests and nuns who appear occasionally in these networks, are being over-influenced by them; so that today even priets issue as doctrine and dogma, words, anti-abortion theologies, not consistent with the larger message and social concerns of the Church.  (While indeed, the rabid anti-abortionism of many organizations, is inconsistent with the Bible itself.)

Real Catholic leadership, in Washington and elsewhere – including several Cardinals; including Cardinal Mahony, Cardinal McCarrick of the USCCB, and Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) – have noted severe sins in major “Catholic” media like EWTN/RN.  In particular, the Cardinals and the Pope, have noted problems with any such dis- “proportionate,” “one-issue” theology.  A too narrow, one-issue anti-abortionism is a mainstay of all too many organizations, like EWTN/RN; Karl Keating’s various organizations, like Catholic Answers; Father Frank Pavone’s “Priests for Life.” And many individuals present this false one issue theology, to the world:   including Sheila Liaugminas, Jonnette Benkovic, Fr. Ed Sylvia, Drew Mariani, and so forth.  These persons and organizations, have contributed to the dissemination of an often radically political, “conservative” Republican message.  One that insists or continually implies, that we must always vote for the most anti-abortion candidate in every election.  Which insists therefore, that Catholics must vote for Republicans, in every election.  While ignoring Democrats, and the importance of other social issues; like helping the poor, and the sick. 

There is a problem with such organizations and individuals, and their radical, Pro Life anti-abortion theology. A recent book, notes a hundred and more objections to them.  Among other things, EWTN/RN and associates,  are acting in direct contradiction to, disobedience to, Cardinal McCarrick and the USCCB.  A cardinal who denounced such “one issue” Catholicism.  And indeed, anti-abortionists are acting in direct disobedience to Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI/16th’s insistence (in his letter on the worthiness of pro abortion candidates to receive communion) that Catholics and others can vote for pro-abortion candidates, voting for pro-abortion candidates, “can be permitted.” In the presence of “proportionate” reasons.  That is, we can vote for pro-abortion candidates, if their stand on other issues, like health and so forth, outweighs the relatively minor issue of abortion.

Then too, in addition to recent Church authority contradicting Pro Life antiabortionism, we will note that the Bible itself allows abortion, (in Num. 5); and suggests that the “child” in womb is as-yet un-“formed.”  So that later saints and theologians of the Church  – like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas – said that the young embryo was not sufficiently formed to have a “soul.”  So that therefore,  the embryo was not fully human, even “from conception.” And therefore, aborting it was not a great sin; not as great as say, murder.

 

We therefore ask for your assistance in finally, firmly addressing and fixing continuing theologian sins and errors in “Catholic” Pro Choice anti-abortionism.  As found especially in EWTN and other radically anti-abortionist organs. To assist you in this effort, to familiarize you with this problem, we refer to you one useful text on this subject:  the anonymous text on The Pro Life Heresy; 100 Biblical and Doctrinal Arguments Against Anti-Abortionism.

To guide corrective measures, we present the attached 400-page document.  Which is an exhaustive review of a hundred or more theological problems with 1) EWTN/RN and Mother Angelica.  And 2) especially with its “one-issue” anti-abortionism.  The prevailing variation on Pro Choice anti-abortionism, that insists that Americans, Catholics, must always vote for the most anti-abortion candidate in every election; which has meant in effect, that anti-abortionist organizations and individuals claim that the Church says, that Americans must vote Republican in every election.  A false theology that has, unfortunately, determined one election in American after another, for pro-military, pro-war Republicans, since c. 1980, 2000, 2004.  For candidates that are “good” on the “one issue” of abortion; but who were not so good on other issues, like avoiding unnecessary wars, and environmental disasters.  Issues that put millions, even billions, of lives at risk.

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The attached book, may be of  use to you, and to the church. It devotes itself not only to a 1) a (nearly) exhaustive summary of more than 100 theological problems, with the radical anti-abortionism of EWTN and other churches.  Among the many problems with anti-abortionism, it includes a 2) summary of reported conflicts between EWTN and the Church; conflicts between anti-abortionists, and Cardinal Mahony, and Cardinal McCarrick.  And finally, conflicts with Cardinal Joe Ratzinger.  Who is now Benedict XVI.

For 28 years or so, there have existed a number individuals and organizations, that have self-appointed themselves, present themselves, as the voice of the Church.  But these organizations are not officially the voice of the Church, at all.  Indeed, they are not only not the official, authorized voice of the Church, but actually have presented a false theology, a false image of the Church, to America and the world; a false theology which unfortunately, has determined one election after another, in America for example.  And furthermore, a quick “listen” to the current, 2009 message of EWTN for example, shows that unfortunately,  the false para-theology of EWTN for instance, did not cease with the resignation of Mother Angelica.  But continues to this very day; to play a major role in American life and elections.  And through America, this false theology dominates the world.

EWTN and associated agencies, with their radically anti-abortion message, represent a major, continuing problem for, heresy within, the Church.  A problem that was, unfortunately, not resolved by the resignation of Mother Angelica, the founder of EWTN/RN.  Indeed in spite of that, the radical and false para- theology of EWTN, its “one issue” anti-abortionism, continues even today.  Influencing elections in the interest of electing pro-war Republican “conservatives” to office.

Recognizing this abuse, and in light of the fact that  the Church’s problems with EWTN and associated organizations are far from over, concerned citizens have devoted a great deal of time, to producing the enclosed 400-page document; to try summarize the many Church objections to EWTN, and its dis “proportionate,” one “issue” anti-abortionism.  Expanding on problems with this theology, noted by Cardinals McCarrick and Ratzinger/ Pope Benedict XVI.

Concerned citizens have devoted a great deal of time to the attached document … and now we would like to present it, to 1) the American public in general.  But also 2) more pointedly,  to the appropriate agencies within the Church.  As a formal petition against EWTN and radical “Catholic” anti-abortionism.  And as a 3) formal request for response and action, by you, or appropriate Catholic agencies.

We would like to see someone send this letter and our 400 page book to especially, the Vatican itself.   (The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, etc.?).

Can you yourself, help us here?  First, 1) by addressing the problems of  dis “proportionate” “one issue” anti-abortionism, in your own church.  But then also, 2) by speaking with/presenting an authorized copy of our text, “The Pro-Life, Anti-Abortion Heresy,” to various Church officials?

In particular, this book should come to the attention of local priests, and bishops.  Ultimately we ask those with contacts in the Church hierarchy, to forward this, and discuss it with the USCCB, and the Vatican.

We ourselves would submit this directly to the Vatican, etc..  But we are uncertain as to the precise address, E-mail. And in any case, we would like to “work through existing channels,” first.

Can you help us present this case against the anti-abortionism – the false theology or heresy that dominates more and much churches today – to appropriate agencies and individuals?

This we ask, in the name of God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Sincerely;

PETITIONERS TO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND THE POPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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