National Catholic Register

Opinion

'God's Newspaper'?

Editorial

BY The Editors

March 27-April 9, 2011 Issue | Posted 3/18/11 at 3:29 PM

 

Hang around EWTN long enough, and you’re bound to hear some miraculous stories (stories like those told in Raymond Arroyo’s bestselling biography of Mother Angelica) — stories about how Mother’s tremendous faith led her to start a religious order, a global television network and a radio network that reaches worldwide; stories about miraculous healings and visions; providential stories about 11th-hour donors who helped finance satellite-dish purchases and the building of the Hanceville, Ala., Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Because of the providential nature of the origin and 30-year existence of EWTN, you’ll occasionally hear staff members refer to EWTN as “God’s network.”

Register staff spent March 7-12 at the network’s headquarters in Irondale, Ala., We participated in orientation and tours and a Lenten retreat offered by Bishop James Wall of Gallup, N.M., at the Hanceville shrine. During orientation, we met EWTN executives, learned of the network’s many endeavors, toured the television, radio and EWTN Religious Catalogue facilities and sat in on, and asked questions during, the taping of Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa’s Threshold of Hope and EWTN Live programs.

We feel blessed to be part of the EWTN family and look forward to working together. The union between the Register and EWTN has already witnessed increases in circulation and advertising — a sign that faith-filled Catholics are also excited about the partnership. We hope to add many more supporters throughout our journey together. One wonders: If EWTN is “God’s network,” does that make the Register “God’s newspaper”?