Ewtn And The Motu Proprio

Hi! I appreciate this opportunity, but I have NO experience blogging and get easily confused by the endless abyss of blog threads and forums. In fact, if anyone responds to this, I hope I can find it!!

My main reason for joining is to try to get an answer for EWTN’s distressing official response to the Motu Proprio. Here it is, and the quotation marks are EWTN’s:

“As the Church prepares for the implementation on September 14th of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum permitting a wider celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of 1962, EWTN will also be considering under what circumstances the universal and particular law might permit the occasional telecast of this extraordinary form of the Latin Rite.”


Aside from prayer, EWTN may just have the biggest impact on propagating the beauty and reverence of the Tridentine Mass. As we know, they broadcast worldwide and are viewed by millions, both Catholic and nonCatholic.

Why the hesitation? I know Mother Angelica loves it! Are the current powers-that-be at EWTN closet progressives? Some of their programs and jazzy rock & roll music & presentations suggest that they are. Who is their spiritual director now and would be the one to make such decicions? They certainly don’t go out of their way to introduce people to the beauty and uplifting features of the Extraordinary Rite. On the other hand, their Novus Ordo Masses are always reverent, and their Benedictions are great!

I am certainly not trying to denegrate EWTN. By and large, they are great. It’s just that they have such a global reach that they are in a unique position to introduce the beauty of the Tridentine to millions.

I would appreciate any knowledgeable answers.

Thank you and God bless!!

Take a look at this:



The general useage of the daily mass of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, and thus of the daily mass on EWTN, is the Missal of 1970, with a substantial part of Latin.

As you have seen, they also have a large number of lay people attending and it seems that everybody sings, or is encouraged to sing.

I have sometimes seen the Byzantine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom celebrated for them–but this would be a special event.

EWTN has said in so many words that they will show the Latin Mass in the extraordinary rite. Be patient.

There’s already a thread on this issue, btw:


What I wish they would do is show all the Divine Liturgies of the Eastern Chuches. All 22 (depending on how you count them) are represented in the USA, most with their own hierarchies.

I have a novel and innovative idea. If you have a question about EWTN broadcast policy of the Extraordinary form, why don’t you ask them directly? Wouldn’t that be more productive?

And their Novus Ordos and Benedictions don’t include jazzy rock and roll, so why would anyone assume a “closet progressivism” on EWTN’s part? Should we assume that if someone prefers the NO Mass to the TLM, they’re a closet progressive?

The above is an excellent idea.

I don’t care for the mix of Latin and vernacular as it is currently used by EWTN. It seems chopped up and irregular. I hope, frankly, that they offer the TLM (obviously in Latin) and then the NO all vernacular (with maybe the common or sung parts in Latin at most).

Ne timere!



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