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Old 11-26-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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I live about two miles from EWTN. Wandered through their studios several times when my children went to a parochial school run by the Dominican sisters. In addition, I knew any number of people who worked there. One was basically a lay evangelist for the Catholic church, if there is such a thing, who made it his personal mission to gratuitously begin theological arguments with me (He was out of his depth. Not a very good spokesman for the cause). On the whole, a lot of zealous people working there.

While I don't agree with Catholicism on a whole host of matters, I can admire conviction and determination. Mother Angelica didn't know the first thing about starting a television network, and look how far they've come.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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I live about two miles from EWTN. Wandered through their studios several times when my children went to a parochial school run by the Dominican sisters. In addition, I knew any number of people who worked there. One was basically a lay evangelist for the Catholic church, if there is such a thing, who made it his personal mission to gratuitously begin theological arguments with me (He was out of his depth. Not a very good spokesman for the cause). On the whole, a lot of zealous people working there.

While I don't agree with Catholicism on a whole host of matters, I can admire conviction and determination. Mother Angelica didn't know the first thing about starting a television network, and look how far they've come.
I couldn't be bothered to look up where it was located. I always assumed it was somewhere more isolated, possibly outside Tuscaloosa. I can only imagine the type of personality and vintage of Catholicism needed to work there. True about Mother Angelica. I think her purpose, given her humble roots, was an honorable one and that it began to pick up some "bad apples" that are part and parcel of an organization's growing pains. She's ancient by now ... probably over 90.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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Mother Angelica suffered a stroke in 2001. She is 89 years old.

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:26 PM
 
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Mother Angelica suffered a stroke in 2001. She is 89 years old.

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Thanks ... close. For some reason, I had 1921 in my head. Interesting bio, that's for sure.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:49 PM
 
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EWTN is dour. I don't think Catholicism should be dour. It should be positive and affirming. Like I said, I went to Catholic grade school when fear was the motivator. I didn't need that then, and I don't need that now. Also, I often wondered about Corapi. While he was charismatic and had a booming, animated voice, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. Those who come from a checkered past and are now suddenly religious are the most dogmatic. The scandal did not surprise me in the least. All the more reason NOT to watch EWTN.

How did EWTN help non-practicing Catholics? I can see if maybe they're elderly and/or on their death bed?

For the meantime, I have stopped attending. And if I ran into a parish that had the EWTN vibe instead of an informal one, I would not attend.
It can be dry, but it's not dour. Only an anti-Catholic Catholic would presume so.

The Journey Home is the best show on EWTN. Highly recommend it.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:27 PM
 
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It can be dry, but it's not dour. Only an anti-Catholic Catholic would presume so.

The Journey Home is the best show on EWTN. Highly recommend it.
Two things, hon (and I'm assuming you're a lady).

1) Their gospels and homilies seem to be of the lake of sulfur and fire variety, or I just get "lucky" and tune into those, and

2) I'm an anti-"holier than thou" Catholic.
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