We also have to remember that a call to the religious priesthood is a very special vocation, and the religious priests we see on EWTN lead an especially strict life.
For Groeschel’s order, for example, is a reform of the reform, meaning that the Capuchins were founded to more strictly interpret the ascetic views of Saint Francis, and the Renewal Friars are even more strict. Just the fact that they get up at 4.30 in the morning says something!
One of the hardest things about religious life is renouncing material posessions–a Diocesan priest can own some modest posessions of his own (some books, some vestments, a few CDs…) while Friars own nothing. I wouldn’t be surprised if the renewal friars didn’t even own their glasses or their toothbrushes! The life of a friar is also physically demanding.
This is a hard teaching, and is magnified by the fact that the friars we see on EWTN are subject to intense scrutiny–they’re on TV, after all…