Pope Gives Props to Alabama Nun for Work in Communications

October 6, 2009

From LifeSiteNews.com - Twenty eight years ago, Mother Angelica relied on unflinching truth rather than actual communication experience to start a radio station that became a TV station that became the largest religious media network in the world. That doesn’t happen unless the Holy Spirit is on your side.

If the eye patch doesn’t already give it away, this woman is tough. The first time you hear her speak, her honesty, vulnerability and complete willingness to bring you the truth as it is, no holds bars, is what set her apart from the beginning of her ministry. She has made amazing contributions to the pro-life movement. And she’s funny, too.

I give credit to my post-college Catholic education to EWTN radio, which I listen to on 910 AM KATH radio here in Dallas.

Here's the article from LifeSiteNews.com:

Pope Awards Highest Honor to EWTN Founder Mother Angelica and Chairman
EWTN has consistently given high priority to uncompromising support for Catholic moral principles and the pro-life movement.

IRONDALE, AL, October 5, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI has awarded EWTN foundress, Mother Mary Angelica, and Deacon Bill Steltemeier, Chairman of EWTN's Board of Governors, the Cross of Honor for distinguished service to the Church. The medal, officially known as "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" (literally "For the Church and the Pope"), is the highest honor that the Pope can bestow upon laity and religious.

The acknowledgement of Mother Angelica's work by the Pope is highly significant in light of high profile criticism that the EWTN foundress has sustained over her unwavering fidelity to the faith. Mother Angelica had to endure crushing criticism and even attempts to take over her station by various left-leaning Catholic bishops in the United States.

As Catholic League President Bill Donohue wrote in a 2005 review of Raymond Arroyo’s nationally best-selling book on Mother Angelica, some bishops actively fought EWTN at its inception. “Indeed, the bishops tried to outdo her by launching their own effort, the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America (CTNA). It was clear from the beginning that Mother Angelica was seen as a threat: EWTN had a traditional orientation and CTNA took a modernist stance. EWTN won. CTNA collapsed.”

Donohue added: “Mother Angelica did not take kindly to those clerics who questioned her authority to showcase some bishops, but not others. ‘I happen to own the network,’ she instructed. When told that this would not be forever, she let loose: ‘I'll blow the damn thing up before you get your hands on it.’”

Tags: Mother Angelica, EWTN, Pope

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