Papal advisor retweets call for Church to shut down EWTN unless they fire Raymond Arroyo


Papal advisor retweets call for Church to shut down EWTN unless they fire Raymond Arroyo

February 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Papal confidante Father Antonio Spadaro retweeted a call for EWTN to be severely censured “until they get rid of Raymond Arroyo.”

The call for an “interdict” to be imposed on the Catholic media empire started by Mother Angelica came from Anthony Annett, Assistant to the Director at the International Monetary Fund’s Communications Department.


An interdict is essentially one step short of excommunication. It bans a person or people from accessing most Church Sacraments.

“A person who uses physical force against the Roman Pontiff incurs a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See; if he is a cleric, another penalty, not excluding dismissal from the clerical state, can be added according to the gravity of the delict,” according to the Code of Canon Law (Canon 1370). “A person who does this against a bishop incurs a latae sententiae interdict and, if he is a cleric, also a latae sententiae suspension.”

Catholic Culture’s dictionary explains that an interdict is

A censure forbidding the faithful, while still remaining in communion with the Church, the use of certain sacred privileges, such as Christian burial, some of the sacraments, and attendance at liturgical services. It does not exclude from Church membership, nor does it necessarily imply a personal fault of any individual affected by the interdict. When imposed for a fixed period, it is a vindictive penalty because of some grave act done against the common good of the Church by one or more parishes. Usual religious services are curtailed, but sacraments may be given to the dying, marriages celebrated, and Holy Communion administered if the interdict is general or local (not personal). A general interdict may be inflicted only by the Holy See. Parishes or persons may be interdicted only by the local ordinary.

Annett called for an interdict to be imposed on EWTN because of a February 15 World Over segment.

“Make no mistake,” tweeted Annett, the show’s discussion of a recent Spadaro speech and ultra-liberal Cardinal Blase Cupich “represent ‘total war’ on the papacy of Pope Francis.”

Arroyo was a close friend of Mother Angelica. He is the author of numerous books. As confusion has mounted during Pope Francis’ reign, his signature show, The World Over, has analyzed troubling developments in the Church. Arroyo often does this with the help of Father Gerald Murray and Robert Royal (the “papal posse”).

Spadaro, a Jesuit who is often called the pope’s “mouthpiece,” frequently criticizes critics of Amoris Laetitia’s ambiguity or the Francis pontificate. He is the editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica.

The World Over segment covered Spadaro’s recent speech at Georgetown University. Arroyo said he’d asked Spadaro for an interview but he said he was too busy.

During this speech at Georgetown, Spadaro said of the pope’s diplomacy: “The pope is light years away from the theorists of a clash of civilizations. Francis seeks to dissolve the narrative of a toxic final clash of religions that nourishes the fear of chaos.”

Fr. Murray told Arroyo those statements were “puzzling” because “it’s reducing human life to simply a game of ‘king of the hill.’ And the Church teaches the exact opposite. Human life is about fulfilling God’s will, knowing that will, and then trying to bring a society into accord with that will.”

“That involves identifying things that are evil [and] reprobating them,” said Murray.

Some Twitter users mocked the call to punish EWTN unless they sack Arroyo.

Make no mistake, these attacks on @antoniospadaro and @CardinalBCupich represent “total war” on the papacy of Pope Francis. Time to interdict @EWTN until they get rid of @RaymondArroyo. 

Whether @EWTN and @RaymondArroyo are causing a fissure in the Church? Relatively easy to see

Are you serious? A media group is causing this breakdown in the Church – not transforming Christ’s worlds on marriage, blessing gay weddings, overturning Humanae Vitae, orgies at the home of the popes closest adviser? How stupid can one be?

In 2015, as the “Year of Mercy” began, a Vatican archbishop suggested some criticisms of Pope Francis might result in automatic excommunication.

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10 comments on “Papal advisor retweets call for Church to shut down EWTN unless they fire Raymond Arroyo

  1. I suggest every AQ connoiseur raise a glass ( NEXT SUNDAY, NOT BEFORE ) to the ever-more-surprisingly honorable Raymondo! Good for him!

  2. There comes a time when the laity gets fed up with the crap being presented by nuovo Romo and now is that time.

  3. NIN, reality went into the trash bin the day the first wreckovators removed the altar rails, installed an ironing board in front of the altar and “celebrated” in the vernacular. For 55+ years, most Catholics have lived in a parallel universe run by alien invaders. The only realists were a tiny handful of traditional clergy and laity.

  4. Keep Raymond. Dump the Vatican ! I will drink 🍹🍸🍺🍺🍺 to that !

  5. Skipper, back in the 80s, a business colleague was part of a group that purchased a portion of the Lear Jet organization. He described the lead investor’s first action the day after the closing: “He went through their administration offices with a shotgun”.
    Nothing less will clear out the moral and intellectual deadwood occupying space in the Motel 6 in sunny Nuovo Roma.
    It may be an irate band of cardinals or even the Rome Vice Squad, but the sooner the better.
    When time allows, Joe Friday may just be in on the bust, exclusively here on AQ!

  6. Robin: Holy Torquemada, Batman!

    Batman: Indeed, Robin. Of course, things were quite different in 15th-century Castile.

    Robin: Maybe Raymond should appeal to the Pope.

    Batman: I’m afraid Pope Francis might agree with Father Spadaro.

    Batman: Tragically, the Vatican is flooded with progressive modernists.
    There’s only one thing to do.

    Robin: What’s that, Batman?

    Batman: Hello, Fox News? This is Batman. I would like to speak with Laura Ingraham.
    It concerns Raymond Arroyo. I’m afraid he is in great danger and spiritual peril. Yes, I’ll wait.

    Father O’Malley: Well, we better pray for Raymond and EWTN then. Say a Rosary for Father Spadaro as well, Sister.

    Batman: If we hurry we can make it to Fox News and deliver the message to Laura Ingraham in person.

    The Riddler: Riddle me this! What hides in the Vatican archives for no eyes to see?

    The World’s Most Interesting Man: I don’t often watch EWTN, but when I do….

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: We prefer Opus Dei hosts with a critical approach to modernism…

    Sister Mary Benedict: Father, do you think Pope Francis will really shut down EWTN?

    Elvis: Not if I have anything to say about it, Sister.

    Father Karras, S.J.: Do you think the Holy Father will shut down EWTN?

    Father Merrin, S.J.: If we’re lucky, they’ll close down Georgetown first. The liberal nutjobs running this place are soiling our history.

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Why not return the property to believing Catholics?

    Hawkeye: I didn’t know it was that serious. You know what Father Gannon would have said at Fordham – find your inner Fighting Irish. You think if Raymond goes on Laura Ingraham’s show with Father Murray and Father Jonathan Morris, they can straighten this mess out?

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Now there’s an idea!

    Meathead: If he supported Trump against Hillary, he’s probably a Russian agent who should be in jail.

    Natasha Fatale: We kidnap bourgeoiski EWTN television host, no?

    Boris Badenov: Here is map to EWTN headquarters.

    Doctor Strangelove: When did liberal pinko Commie lovers discover that Russia was such a danger?

    General Ripper: Did you ever wonder about that, Mandrake? Bleeding-heart liberal pinko Commie lovers creating hysteria over Russia? Have you ever known a liberal to be worried about Russia or the International Communist Conspiracy before?

    Archie: Yeah, did you hear that over there between them pinko liberal ears, Meathead? That’s why they got them pinko fruitcake Frankfurt School social theorists over at Columbia and NYU, along with the rest of the Illuminati eggheads. To keep you’s liberal hippie types confused and in hysteria, running around like chickens with your heads cut off and what not, while the Deep State secret society tries to crash the economy and the banks so’s they can buy up all the real estate nice and cheap. You Lefty types have been usin’ that Alinsky playbook too long for your own good.

    Meathead: Gloria! Ma! Somebody help me out here!

    General Ripper: Mandrake, did you ever wonder why they put Floyd and Gomer on The Andy Griffith Show? At the same time that fluoridation of water and mass vaccinations were sterilizing the population? Two flaming fruitcakes near that little boy, Opie, in a small town in rural North Carolina in the early 1960s? That’s planning ahead.

    General Turgidson: You do see more fruitcakes around these days whooping up hysteria in the colleges.

    Kierkegaard: I am feeling anxious.

    Captain Kirk: Are you feeling anxious, Spock?

    Green Hornet: This has something to do with the Hegelian and Marxist dialectic of the Frankfurt School, doesn’t it?

    Hegel: Yes. It’s all part of the dialectic.

    Ginger: I bet the professor knows this part. Gilligan’s getting ready for the Transcendental Turn.

    The Professor: Why, yes, Gilligan, the antithesis stage of the dialectic after Vatican II in the 1970s was very important. In fact, it was a great opportunity for modernist Continental philosophers and theologians from Louvain and Munich to find more work….

    Catwoman: You’ll make sure they don’t lock Raymond up in a Vatican dungeon, won’t you, Batman?

    Batman: Of course. But I promised to kelp Robin with his Latin homework tonight. His Latin teacher at Fordham Prep keeps them busy translating Cicero for hours on end.

    Batman: Have you completed all of your Latin homework, Robin?

    Robin: Oh, boy.

    Reverend Neuhaus: That’s my opening….Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but speaking as a semi-recovering former Lutheran familiar with the pitfalls of eliminating reason and logic from discussions of religion, this might be a good time to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity, Max Weber’s concept of disenchantment in modern culture, and Professor Taylor’s secularization theories….

  7. From The Catholic Thing – 2/26/18:
    Note [from the editor Robert Royal]:
    Heartfelt thanks to all of you who expressed support and offered prayers over the past few days after stories appeared about a retweet by Antonio Spadaro S.J., a close collaborator of the Holy Father’s, calling on EWTN to fire Raymond Arroyo for his criticisms of various recent papal moves (and no doubt for the now five-year run of the Papal Posse). Or be placed under interdict.
    This was either a weak attempt at intimidation or a lame attempt at humor – in either case, quite imprudent from someone who knows that what he says is taken, rightly or wrongly, to reflect back on Pope Francis.
    Be assured, this portends no serious harm to me. This is why we have independent think-tanks and publications like The Catholic Thing, so that at least some in both Church and society may speak freely. Fr. Murray is most likely fine as well. But it’s not entirely a laughing matter for a prominent media figure like the talented Mr. Arroyo. If you want to express support, take a look at #imwithRaymond.
    In any case, it will have no effect on our labors to understand and speak truth as we see it.

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