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« on: September 18, 2012, 05:26:08 PM »
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  • The Network Gone Wrong
    Goes Wrong... Again


    by Christopher A. Ferrara
    September 12, 2012


    One of the realities that prompted me to write EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong six years ago is that EWTN's roster of celebrities is curiously prone to scandal. Here is a list of major EWTN celebrities who have bitten the dust since 1998, which I have discussed elsewhere:

    In 1998, Father Ken Roberts, a hugely popular EWTN celebrity and an avid promoter of the phony apparitions at Medjugorje — misleading countless souls — was removed from the network and all material related to him was expunged from EWTN's website after his suspension from the priesthood on account of allegations involving the sexual molestation of minors.

    In 2002, Father John Bertolucci, another EWTN superstar and proponent of the pan-Christian "Catholic Charismatic Renewal" — a clear threat to the integrity of the Faith — was expunged from the network without comment after he was identified by the infamous Bishop Hubbard as one of twenty child-molester priests in the Diocese of Albany.

    In 2007, Father Francis Mary Stone, the immensely popular host of EWTN's crass and often morally offensive, rock-and-roll-themed youth show, "Life on the Rock" (discussed extensively in Chapter 15 of my book), left the network in disgrace and then the priesthood after announcing his love affair with a widow. When last seen on the Internet, he was peddling a nutrition drink called Zrii under the name Dave Stone, shamelessly using the slogan "living life on the rock."

    In 2009, the aptly named Father Alberto Cutié, EWTN's telegenic Hispanic heartthrob who "reach[ed] millions of households throughout the United States, Canada, Spain and Latin America on EWTN Español," left EWTN and then the Catholic Church after photos of him groping a married, bikini-clad woman on a beach surfaced in a Spanish-language tabloid. He married the woman and became an Episcopalian priest.

    In 2010, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, former head of Human Life International and a fixture in EWTN's video and audio programming, left the network and resigned from HLI after he admitted to "violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care" — meaning his "exorcism ministry." Euteneuer maintained that the "vast majority" of his decisions and conduct had been "morally sound and consistent with all standards of pastoral care of persons." The parents of the young woman Euteneuer admitted to violating, however, say they are aware of two other victims.

    Then, in 2011, Fr. John Corapi, perhaps the single biggest celebrity in EWTN's history, was removed from the network after an investigative panel appointed by his order alleged continuing sexual improprieties, drug abuse, and a lavish lifestyle contrary to his vow of poverty (to which the order, it must be said, had previously failed to object). As I noted in a column for The Remnant, in response to the report Corapi "issued an evasive non-denial and purported to 'resign' from the priesthood rather than contest the charges against him. 'That era of my life is sadly ended,' he said, speaking of his sacred priesthood as if it were a job opportunity that had reached an unfortunate dead end." I further noted that "Shortly thereafter Corapi appeared in a video on his [now defunct] website wearing a leather Harley Davidson jacket, his head shaven and his gray beard dyed black, to announce that he would pursue an Internet career under the bizarre moniker 'Black SheepDog.'"

    Now, as John Vennari has put it, "another one bites the dust." As Catholic News Agency (CNA) has reported, Franciscan friar Father Benedict Groeschel — whose heterodox ramblings before EWTN cameras were the subject of Chapter 8 of my book on the "Network Gone Wrong" — has "stepped down as host of EWTN's Sunday Night Prime television show following his apology for making comments about the sexual abuse of minors." Groeschel was sacked after he declared during an interview in the neo-Catholic newspaper National Catholic Register (published Aug. 27) that "a minor is 'the seducer' in 'a lot' of sexual abuse cases" and that "he was inclined to think that abusers on their first offense should not go to jail 'because their intention was not committing a crime.'"

    EWTN president Michael P. Warsaw told CNA that "It should have been obvious to the editor [of the National Catholic Register] that Father Benedict's physical condition and mental clarity have deteriorated and that the comments were completely inconsistent with his life's work and witness."

    Well, we are all subject to the frailties of advancing age, and it is certainly true that Father Groeschel's performance on EWTN has been declining since my book appeared. But there is nothing to indicate that what Fr. Groeschel said did not reflect what he actually believed at the time he said it. A lack of mental clarity is not the same as a loss of reason. Unless EWTN is going to claim that Fr. Grosechel has lost his mind and does not even know what he is saying at this point in his life, what is their explanation for the scandal he has caused? Indeed, if this was merely an inadvertent misstatement, why was Fr. Groeschel sacked?

    This is not the end of the line of EWTN celebrities who are prone to fall from scandal. Consider, for example, EWTN celebrity Father Robert Sirico, who managed to be ordained a priest in the 1980s despite his openly acknowledged and publicly reported past as a "gay Protestant minister," following his apostasy from the Catholic faith of his youth. On April 21, 1975, Sirico "made the annals of 'gay' history as a pioneer 'gay rights' activist when he performed the first same-sex 'marriage' in the United States of two male homosexuals with a civil marriage license at the First Unitarian Church of Denver, Colo."

    Fr. Sirico's militant homosexual past is meticulously documented here, and is essentially admitted entirely by Sirico himself here, yet today he is a regular political commentator on Catholic social issues for EWTN. With supreme irony, Sirico's commentary was solicited by EWTN talking head Raymond Arroyo during the same episode of The World Over — EWTN's pretentious, simulated "big time" news show — during which Arroyo announced the removal of Father Corapi from the network.

    Has EWTN lost its collective mind? Sirico may have repented for his sins, but how could those responsible for EWTN's content think that a network that holds itself out as the gold standard of conservative Catholicism can simply overlook his utterly abominable past? No one whose résumé includes a career as a militant homosexual activist and "gay man" should have been ordained to the priesthood in the first place. Of all the intelligent priests available for commentary on affairs of the day, this is the man they choose? What is going on here?

    Since my book was published, I have had communications from EWTN insiders who warned me that I don't know the half of what has gone wrong at the network. I suspect that they are right, and that my book only scratched the surface of the problem. Yet the propagandists of the neo-Catholic establishment, led by EWTN, cluck their tongues at Father Nicholas Gruner, who has honored his vows and kept the Faith unswervingly. Such is the "diabolical disorientation" that afflicts the human element of the Church today, to quote Sister Lucia of Fatima once again.

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    « Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 06:06:40 PM »
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  • Why did the Ecumenical Worthless Television Network choose Sirico as a commentator? Why was he ordained to the Novus 'priesthood'?

    Simple. Newchurch promotes heretics and pagans, lets them see the wicked underbelly of Newrome's perversions, and then is powerless to do anything except see them 'fired' from the network. Why?

    Because these drug addicts, perverts, blasphemers and other non-Catholics all know where the 'bodies' are buried, so to speak. They know what skeletons are in which closets.

    Newrome can hardly defrock anyone; if Ratzinger and his bunch had any Catholic morals, ethics or decency, they would never have allowed these miscreants to be 'ordained' in the first place. B16 defrocking someone calls to mind something about pots and kettles calling each other names...

    What is SO tragic about all this is the fact that there was a time in the world when faithful Roman Catholics represented deep piety and such devotion to Our Lord. As such, they were a social, moral and even political and economic FORCE to be supported by decent people everywhere and to be feared by those who would publicly act or endorse acts in opposition to Church teaching.

    One day, Deo volente, we will see the glory of Holy Church in the faces, hearts and lives of millions again.

    St. Anthony of Padua, hammer of heretics, terror of Hell, pray for us.

    Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
    This evil of heresy spreads itself. The doctrines of godliness are overturned; the rules of the Church are in confusion; the ambition of the unprincipled seizes upon places of authority; and the chief seat [the Papacy] is now openly proposed as a rewar


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    « Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 06:07:02 PM »
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  • Quite disturbing indeed.

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    « Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 06:10:07 PM »
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  • Thanks for posting this, Caraffa. And Ferarra makes no mention here of the  scandal of Judeochristianity that EWTN promotes.

    The book itself is an eye-opener.

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    « Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 06:16:46 PM »
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  • "In 2010, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, former head of Human Life International and a fixture in EWTN's video and audio programming, left the network and resigned from HLI after he admitted to "violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care" — meaning his "exorcism ministry." Euteneuer maintained that the "vast majority" of his decisions and conduct had been "morally sound and consistent with all standards of pastoral care of persons." The parents of the young woman Euteneuer admitted to violating, however, say they are aware of two other victims. "

    According to Fr Euteneuer's own admission of guilt on this he speaks of these "violations" of his chastity vows as "not involving the sexual act".....


    If not, then what gives?

    Part of the list of his own admissions and summary of his situation found here from a LSN website;

    My violations of chastity were limited to one person only, an adult woman;
    •The violations of chastity happened due to human weakness but did not involve the sexual act;
    •The accusation that I “targeted” vulnerable women or otherwise sought them out for spiritual direction is utterly false and a serious defamation of my character and ministry;





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    « Reply #5 on: September 18, 2012, 06:40:36 PM »
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  • "Then, in 2011, Fr. John Corapi, perhaps the single biggest celebrity in EWTN's history, was removed from the network after an investigative panel appointed by his order alleged continuing sexual improprieties, drug abuse, and a lavish lifestyle contrary to his vow of poverty (to which the order, it must be said, had previously failed to object). As I noted in a column for The Remnant, in response to the report Corapi "issued an evasive non-denial and purported to 'resign' from the priesthood rather than contest the charges against him. 'That era of my life is sadly ended,' he said, speaking of his sacred priesthood as if it were a job opportunity that had reached an unfortunate dead end." I further noted that "Shortly thereafter Corapi appeared in a video on his [now defunct] website wearing a leather Harley Davidson jacket, his head shaven and his gray beard dyed black, to announce that he would pursue an Internet career under the bizarre moniker 'Black SheepDog."


    I don't believe Fr Corapi admitted to anything and accused one of his previous employees (female) of false accusation and sensationalism, maybe even in an attempt to shake his ministry down for money, I don't know. But he said for years he was marked by the liberals and homosexuals in the Church and they would eventually take him down, which they did. there still hasn't been any real closure to this saga and the good father has been silent for the better part of a year now, maybe in obedience to his superiors, again, I don't know.

    I actually liked Fathers style when I first seen him on his old Catechism series years ago but I think the fame, success, and money might have tempted him into backsliding into his old ways, he was of course a "shrewd" business man back in his "bad old days" before his recovery back into the Church and evetually the ministry. I'm personally hoping he comes out vindicated from this scandal, but it doesn't look good at this point.

    The whole "Black Sheep dog" thing was just bizarre.

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    « Reply #6 on: September 18, 2012, 10:25:36 PM »
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  • The case of Fr Euteneur is possibly a set-up. He may been getting a bit too explicit about the main perpetrators of the pro-death industries.

    The founder of HLI , Fr Paul Marx, was made a prisoner because he started wondering out loud.

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    « Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 01:57:42 AM »
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  • How quickly trads and 'conservative' Catholics eat their young. When a conservative NO or trad figure has any sort  of notoriety and is accused of impropriety, the denunciations are pretty quick.

    Have you  ever heard  of a  setup??

    A  couple of these figures mentioned  (maybe more) besides  Corapi even have  said they'd   eventually get  taken  down.  But, in their naivete,  they seemed to expect the beenfit of  the doubt by  right-minded Catholics, or people that listened to their homilies to  recall their prediction of a takedown and see through it. It doesn't seem to happen, even when a guy  'told you so'.

    I'm not saying this is always the case,  or that  these people are always above reproach, but they  paint a serious target on their back  when they get  *serious* about prolife  ministry,  start naming  names,  talking about the enormous money  behind it, mentioned the actual  supernatural evil behind it and its wealthy supporters, and the USCCB's  complicity such as  the CCHR or  the  CRS donating  to  abortion providers, 'family planning' or birth control pushers.

    Alinsky himself discussed the tactic of getting the  opposition to "eat their young", especially  when the opposition identity is circumscribed by some moral stance (as opposed to ethnic or other):  Get them to hold themselves to their own standards while you flout them.

    So, while they go on pushing  infanticide and setting  the agenda in mainstream  society, the news, academia, defining  what passes  for 'polite' conversation, we collectively rip  to shreds and cast out anyone who exhibits human weakness and makes a mistake (let's contextualize drug abuse, it's not murdering millions of babies, let's contextualize a priest having consensual heterosexual sex with an adult woman like Fr. Cutie, it's not murdering millions of babies)  while 'they' carry  on grinding up the bones of a millions babies a year for their bread (a million just in the US!).

    If you don't think these forces collude, you're a jackass. Pedophiles supported (and continue to) each other in the clerical ranks for probably 50 years and hid each other, all the way up to bishops. No accusations of homosexuality or pederasty, and if there were, they didn't stick. If you promote the TLM, oppose gay  marriage in a serious way, or pay more than lip  service to prolife efforts (the USCCB *talks* a lot about 'life') and piss of potential donors or expose the holocaust of innocents that is being stood by idly by much of the hierarchy who should be leading the charge, then mysteriously all sorts of accusations and accusers, and insinuations of impropriety start to emerge, and ironically the lavender mafia hangs the dreaded pederasty albatross around your neck and people who were demonstrably  not living in the  country at the time some good priest ostensibly abused him start speaking out and piling on.

    A few, a very, very few recant once in awhile and describe large (to them) cash payments to  them in exchange for such tall tales and the press is completely uninterested-- they love nothing better than the salaciousness of the prolife, or anti gay marriage priest getting 'outed' as a self hating gay.

    Consider that by piling on without *knowing* what really happened (and how can you *know?), you are part of the problem.


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    « Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 02:14:48 AM »
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  • One more thing:  consider the source.

    Ferrara is 'interesting' in  terms  of  which heretics  he defends (he   defends mightily Mother Angelica who promoted religious indifferentism for one) and which ones he decries.

    He is quick to point a finger at guys that travelled around doing lectures and selling books (people I will call "Professional Catholics") and seems to be quite unaware of the irony of him  making such denunciations.

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    « Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 07:14:14 AM »
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  • Quote from: Nadir
    The case of Fr Euteneur is possibly a set-up. He may been getting a bit too explicit about the main perpetrators of the pro-death industries.

    The founder of HLI , Fr Paul Marx, was made a prisoner because he started wondering out loud.


    had dinner w/Marx a few weeks prior to his death, largely in a wheelchair and not too mobile and I heard, none to cognitive....age and infirmity sadly...

    Euteneur attacked Fox "news", Hannity and others, then poof, he is in trouble.......no hard to connect dots........
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    « Reply #10 on: September 19, 2012, 07:15:57 AM »
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  • Quote from: alaric
    "Then, in 2011, Fr. John Corapi, perhaps the single biggest celebrity in EWTN's history, was removed from the network after an investigative panel appointed by his order alleged continuing sexual improprieties, drug abuse, and a lavish lifestyle contrary to his vow of poverty (to which the order, it must be said, had previously failed to object). As I noted in a column for The Remnant, in response to the report Corapi "issued an evasive non-denial and purported to 'resign' from the priesthood rather than contest the charges against him. 'That era of my life is sadly ended,' he said, speaking of his sacred priesthood as if it were a job opportunity that had reached an unfortunate dead end." I further noted that "Shortly thereafter Corapi appeared in a video on his [now defunct] website wearing a leather Harley Davidson jacket, his head shaven and his gray beard dyed black, to announce that he would pursue an Internet career under the bizarre moniker 'Black SheepDog."


    I don't believe Fr Corapi admitted to anything and accused one of his previous employees (female) of false accusation and sensationalism, maybe even in an attempt to shake his ministry down for money, I don't know. But he said for years he was marked by the liberals and homosexuals in the Church and they would eventually take him down, which they did. there still hasn't been any real closure to this saga and the good father has been silent for the better part of a year now, maybe in obedience to his superiors, again, I don't know.

    I actually liked Fathers style when I first seen him on his old Catechism series years ago but I think the fame, success, and money might have tempted him into backsliding into his old ways, he was of course a "shrewd" business man back in his "bad old days" before his recovery back into the Church and evetually the ministry. I'm personally hoping he comes out vindicated from this scandal, but it doesn't look good at this point.

    The whole "Black Sheep dog" thing was just bizarre.


    I liked much of what he did/said as well, brought me back to going to Mass......but the investigations, by Church and secular, revealed a guy living way too well for a priest.......whatever moral accusations aside.....several cars, boats and I always had issues with "why does this order priest live alone, in the wilderness, when others live and are assigned duties"
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  • Quote from: Caraffa
    The Network Gone Wrong
    Goes Wrong... Again


    by Christopher A. Ferrara
    September 12, 2012


    ...
    Has EWTN lost its collective mind? Sirico may have repented for his sins, but how could those responsible for EWTN's content think that a network that holds itself out as the gold standard of conservative Catholicism can simply overlook his utterly abominable past? No one whose résumé includes a career as a militant homosexual activist and "gay man" should have been ordained to the priesthood in the first place. Of all the intelligent priests available for commentary on affairs of the day, this is the man they choose? What is going on here?

    Since my book was published, I have had communications from EWTN insiders who warned me that I don't know the half of what has gone wrong at the network. I suspect that they are right, and that my book only scratched the surface of the problem. Yet the propagandists of the neo-Catholic establishment, led by EWTN, cluck their tongues at Father Nicholas Gruner, who has honored his vows and kept the Faith unswervingly. Such is the "diabolical disorientation" that afflicts the human element of the Church today, to quote Sister Lucia of Fatima once again.

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    Selectively promoting perverts and criticizing other faithful priests -- Hmm...

    Sounds reminiscent of the recent trend out of Menzingen: selectively promoting
    Fellayite yes-men and sanctioning the courageous few who dare to stand up to
    the neo-modernist tendencies in the SSPX leadership.

    The difference is, EWTN's corruption is more aptly described as "depravity," while
    Menzingen's is at a low-level in comparison, but nonetheless, headed in the same
    direction.


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    One more thing:  consider the source.

    Ferrara is 'interesting' in terms of which heretics he defends (he defends mightily Mother Angelica who promoted religious indifferentism for one) and which ones he decries.

    He is quick to point a finger at guys that travelled around doing lectures and selling books (people I will call "Professional Catholics") and seems to be quite unaware of the irony of him making such denunciations.


    Are you suggesting that Ferrara is culpable of the same misdeeds as those he
    criticizes? Maybe you're forgetting that he's a lawyer, and as such, sometimes
    is asked to defend someone who isn't entirely squeaky clean? Mother Angelica
    may have "promoted religious indifferentism for one," but does that mean that
    a lawyer shouldn't defend her when she's attacked unjustly on other accounts?

    And just because Ferrara travels around giving lectures and selling books, he is
    therefore unqualified to denounce the misdeeds of anyone else who travels
    around giving lectures and selling books?

    You must live in a strange reality.


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    « Reply #12 on: September 19, 2012, 05:05:50 PM »
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  • Belloc said:
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    I liked much of what he did/said as well, brought me back to going to Mass......but the investigations, by Church and secular, revealed a guy living way too well for a priest.......whatever moral accusations aside.....several cars, boats and I always had issues with "why does this order priest live alone, in the wilderness, when others live and are assigned duties"


    I don't know much about Father Corapi who I'm sure is really "Father" Corapi, but this is a Protestantized notion. Throughout the history of the Church many of the clergy and Popes have been from wealthy families and had money. Is this the greatest thing for the faith? In most cases, probably not, but you can be a priest and have money.

    It is the Prots who then come and use the flaws of the priests, as well as their wealth, against them. It comes from an erroneous set of ideals, the same one that makes them complain about the wealth of Rome. The key is to be poor in spirit. So Father Corapi may be worldly in his behavior, I don't know, but the clergy can have money.

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    « Reply #13 on: September 19, 2012, 05:53:08 PM »
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  • EWTN and its personalities are really irrelevant.

    The scandals just show the helplessness of what Stevus calls the "neocaths"

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    « Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 07:21:36 PM »
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  • Quote from: Raoul76
    Belloc said:
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    I liked much of what he did/said as well, brought me back to going to Mass......but the investigations, by Church and secular, revealed a guy living way too well for a priest.......whatever moral accusations aside.....several cars, boats and I always had issues with "why does this order priest live alone, in the wilderness, when others live and are assigned duties"


    I don't know much about Father Corapi who I'm sure is really "Father" Corapi, but this is a Protestantized notion. Throughout the history of the Church many of the clergy and Popes have been from wealthy families and had money. Is this the greatest thing for the faith? In most cases, probably not, but you can be a priest and have money.

    It is the Prots who then come and use the flaws of the priests, as well as their wealth, against them. It comes from an erroneous set of ideals, the same one that makes them complain about the wealth of Rome. The key is to be poor in spirit. So Father Corapi may be worldly in his behavior, I don't know, but the clergy can have money.



    You can be a diocesan priest and have money.  You can't be a member of a religious order vowed to poverty and live like a prince.  
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