More news from the New catholic Red Guard

There are rumors of efforts to crack down on any voice that raises any sort of question during this pontificate.

LifeSite reported that Jesuit Antonio Spadaro of La Civiltà Cattolica (you’ll remember his blinkered view of Americans) wants EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo silenced.

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. [NB: Retweet.]

While retweets are not always endorsements, we all know that they usually are unless a) it’s obvious that the retweeter is an opponent of the position or b) there is additional comment added.

Also, what he is talking about here is pretty much impossible.  But it is indicative of an attitude of panic.

I suspect that we are going to see quite a bit of this in the future.   We’ve already seen how Jesuits act in the face of opposition through their machinations with outlets like BuzzFeed.

Were such a crack down to come, spurred by the New catholic Red Guards and their cadres, in short order a Catholic Samizdat would explode into view which would make the Guards long for the old days.


The fellow whom “2+2=5” retweeted is interesting.

Anthony Annett (HERE) worked for many years in the communications office of the International Monetary Fund and is big into “climate change” stuff even with the UN.  Take a look at this.  HERE

So, the globalist with Soros ties wants EWTN silenced.  But remember!

It’s the capitalists that are ruthless.  Right?

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  1. cpt-tom says:

    This does not surprise me at all. The Holy Father has proven to be very authoritarian, behold his treatment of Traditional religious orders like the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, or the Trappist Monks of Mariawald Abbey. It is pretty obvious that this Papacy is not restrained after going after property and assets of organizations that are orthodox. This is an authoritarian streak that threatens all who oppose him, but it also threaten the pursuit of the truth. It is in parallel with the secular-progressive modus operandi, and is a threat to the unity of the Church.

    I am amused and concerned that the author of the tweet turns around the situation of who is conducting “total war.” Again a secular-progress MO of self-projecting your behavior on your opponent to gain the moral high ground. It is sickening to see this in the Church.

    I believe those orthodox laity with sufficient funds need to fight back and sponsor those organizations such as Church Militant, the Lepanto Institute, etc. who can bring the battle. Those with out means we must conduct an insurgency spreading the truth, and yes, Samizdat copying books, pamphlets, and distributing them to Catholic churches. St Michael defend us in Battle. St Joseph protect our Lord’s Holy Church.

  2. “Papal confidante Father Antonio Spadaro retweeted a call for EWTN to be severely censured “until they get rid of Raymond Arroyo.””

    And Judas left many offspring!

  3. wmeyer says:

    And yet, no interdict called for on the Fishwrap.

    [And yet… not for the Fishwrap.]

  4. hmschoolmom says:

    I wouldn’t say pretty much impossible. Look what just happened on Relevant Radio. They bought Immaculate Heart and then quickly “silenced” certain voices.

  5. Eric says:

    The whole interdict, retweeted, is hyperbole. Even the author, hopefully, but surely Spadaro, knows it is not in the cards. But, it is probably a shot across the bow intended to have a chilling effect on EWTN’s increasing criticism. I hope it emboldens them instead.

  6. Michael Haz says:

    Well, as a last-ditch defense, Raymond Arroyo could change his name to a Chinese name, and then be full accomodated in all matters.

  7. Fallibilissimo says:

    I can’t believe what I’m reading here. Someone please tell me this is a mistake. Is it April 1st? Interdict EWTN? Get rid of Raymond Arroyo? Oh but let me guess, these are the same folks who block saintly people like Mother Angelica every step of the way, throwing obstacles at her wherever and whenever they could. But then when she passes we hear “oh what an example she was” and “oh how much faith she had”. What do you think Mother Angelica would say about firing Ray? More to the point, what do you think SHE IS saying. I think Jesus said something about this type of behaviour. I’m not going to say it, so I’ll let Our Lord say it; I’m sure everyone knows the relevant passage.

    You know, I defend hypocrites from sunrise to sunset because as the great Antonin Scalia (miss that guy…) used to say: hypocrisy is the beginning of virtue. But this is beyond hypocrisy, it smells of hurtful intolerance. If you want to take down Raymond then who else? How about Jimmy Akin, Tim staples and the folks at Catholic Answers. That’s right take them all down so nobody is left. Go ahead, give me another sermon on “unity” when you push people against the wall, testing their faith and plant resentment in their heart. What do you think is going to happen?

    I’ve been defending Pope Francis from day one and I love the man. It doesn’t make me popular in some circles but I think he has the heart of a loving pastor. I’ve read what Fr Spadaro had to say, I’ve had had convos with someone pretty high up in Cività Cattolica and I think they have some interesting takes we should all listen to. But if calling for these oppressive measures to be taken on good folks like Ray is the new mode of doing business from those who claim to be “for the Pope”, then you’re going to have another thing coming and you’re contradicting the very spirit Pope Francis called for.

    This is insane. T0 see good people who have worked for the faith, lived it in their lives and have the scars to prove it, have a target placed on their backs by threatening their livelihood from WITHIN the Church is infuriating! Where’s the brotherly love? The sense of dialogue or even open and lively debate?

    I don’t know what to think anymore and am just tempted to shut my mouth about everything for a good while and can’t help to think: what the heck are we becoming?

  8. HighMass says:

    Yes Tony,
    lets get rid of those who speak the truth. As seen in the last few years those who speak up are sacked or demoted, etc

    Our Lady said in the end her immaculate Heart will triumph. These promised Jesus and Our Lady gave to us, offers so much hope.

    Jesus and Mary Pray for Us. St John Paul II pray for us!

  9. Aquinas Gal says:

    From the same people who continually criticized and dissented from the teaching of Popes John Paul II and Benedict.

  10. Oh, so liberals DO like canonical penalties.

  11. amenamen says:

    An official of the very secular IMF tosses around a term for a seldom used canonical punishment, with which most Catholics are unfamiliar. We may presume that he himself does not really know what it means, (unless he had received guidance from some theologian or some Vatican official). Then a theologian, a Vatican official, publicly reaffirms the statement in the social media, which is more disturbing.

    For the sake of clarity, could we have an expert in canon law give us an explanation of the canonical penalty “interdict” as it applies to a person, or a place. How would a television network be placed under “interdict”, and what would be the consequences? Would it affect all of the employees, or only specific individuals? Would it, or could it, prevent all broadcasting, or just the celebration of Mass in their chapel?

  12. NBW says:

    I think Spadaro should look at his own track record before pointing fingers at other people. Arroyo has been doing an excellent job in informing we Catholics of what is going on. Spader who is a papal confidante should be more worried about the alarming amount of scandals building up. Perhaps he wants to silence good reporters so those deeds go unnoticed?? What we as Catholics can do is support EWTN with prayers and money so they can never be silenced. There are more of us than them; they don’t bother to reproduce!

  13. Knight from 13904 says: is the email address to sends viewer comments to EWTN in case anyone wants to contact EWTN in support of Raymond Arroyo and the Papal Posse

  14. @ Anita Mopre, O.P…I laughed out loud. Thank you.

    Yes, that “tweet” so appropriately named at the moment, screams of panic. How unattractive. Seriously bizzaro world when people can keep a straight face while calling for an interdict….on a tweet…for what again? It would be amusing if it were not so sad and pathetic.

    Pray, pray, pray. Penance, penance, penance.

  15. LarryW2LJ says:

    Seems to me that Fr. Spadaro is choosing to forget or ignore that Scripture passage about throwing stones.

  16. Semper Gumby says:

    cpt-tom: I agree.

    Fallibilissimo: Perhaps, instead of “…contradicting the very spirit Pope Francis called for”, these people such as Fr. Spadaro and Annett are acting in the very spirit of Pope Francis’ problematic writings, remarks, and leadership style.

    So here we are in the Year of Our Lord 2018. Since 2013 we’ve had problematic, to say the least, actions, writings, and remarks by numerous clergy, religious, and laity. There is a parallel in what they are doing now to the propaganda and polemics of Marxists, Cold War disinformation operations, Antifa threats, and gangster tactics. Visitors to the Vatican have included abortionists and eugenicists, which of course would be fine if the Gospel was preached to them. St. Peter’s Square was turned into an eco-propaganda theater with leftist artistry and funding. And this whole Lived Experience/Conscience thing resembles the Find Your Own Path and Choose Your Own God/Goddess as practiced by Wiccans, pagans, and occultists.

    So, to those clergy, religious, and laity on the path to Secular Power, Pride, and Warm Applause by Socialists, remember: Life is short, Eternity is long. Remember also that it’s not too late, you can take a different path. It starts at the Confessionial door.

  17. ChrisP says:

    Its funny how a member of the IMF tweets about Arroyo and Spadero backs it up, all around the same time that a direct link to PF and potential dodgy use of Papal Foundation funds emerges

    Squirel anyone? May God turn them around thtough the intercession of the BVM.

  18. jaykay says:

    In the words of the Foundress herself: “I’ll blow the damn thing up before you get your hands on it.”

    Or: “Molon labe”

    How little things change in 20 years. Or 2000.

  19. David says:

    I applaud EWTN for their willingness to prove people wrong who used to dismiss them as wimpy neo-cons. Michael Matt said something funny on one of his clips, that you know things must really be bad when on many issues he and Raymond Arroyo are saying exactly the same thing.

  20. Benedict Joseph says:

    Mother Angelica gave EWTN to the laity in order that they would be out of the reach of nefarious clerics. She did right. God willing the men and women entrusted with her legacy will not only refuse to be silent in the face of the erroneous, but will amplify their coverage of what the Church is presently enduring.
    On a lighter note, can you imagine the delight she takes in seeing EWTN doing exactly what she wanted them to do? And in regard to Raymond Arroyo, Father Murray and Robert Royal — so perfectly, grounded in the faith, and rendered with such respect. I think she herself would not be as temperate.

  21. adriennep says:

    Don’t forget that EWTN’s Michael Warsaw was appointed to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications/Media as a consultor…at the same time last April as Fr. James Martin, and numerous other globalists who would not have liked last week’s profound expose on China on World Over. So intense pressure is being used here, all in clumsy third-world dictator fashion.

    If this causes Mother Angelica to blow a gasket in Heaven …

  22. Kathleen10 says:

    So we’re about to see how EWTN feels about things. It’s not going to be possible to avoid taking a position, for or against. There are a lot of fence sitters but that’s just not going to work forever. EWTN is not the same as it was when Mother was around, but how could it be. Mother was sincere, she loved Jesus and the faith and there is no way whatsoever she would sell out, no matter what. She’d sell out Christ as much as Billy Graham (God rest his soul) would have, never. Mother surely meant it when she told the Bishops that persecuted her and pestered her for control of EWTN she would blow it up before they would have it. I wondered for a while, but Raymond clearly takes his faith seriously, not to mention his allegiance to Mother. After observing so many sellouts over the last few years, how refreshing to see one refusal, and if EWTN benches Raymond it’s over for them, they’ll fail soon after. These men like Spadaro, they must be nervous, it’s getting a little too loud out here, the word is spreading! Good, for whatever good it does I consider myself part of the movement to put a hurt on these men, make them nervous, and tell as many unaware Catholics about the mass apostasy going on in our church. I just gave out names of websites to a Catholic yesterday where she can get more information about the whole stinking mess. Spread the word, brothers and sisters! We’re getting deeper into the conflict each day.

  23. Kathleen10 says:

    Sorry, one more thought after the fact. When you stop and consider this is a high ranking priest calling for a man to lose his actual job, his employment, it boggles the mind. Raymond has been with EWTN for decades, and this guy thinks he should be tossed out based on his say so. Wow. The arrogance. I mean, Raymond has a family. Where’s the mercy??

  24. Malta says:

    You are too funny Father! “catholic Red Guard.” No one who reads your posts could miss that nuance! Touche–well said!

  25. Antonin says:

    The problem with Spadaro and many of the Italian prelates and western European ones is that they are not accustomed to democracy and the kind of free speech that occurs within the United States. The analogy with the National Catholic Reporter (I think it is undignified to speak in derogatory fashion about those in our family and a good father should never sow discord) is a good one. Americans are more accustomed to free and open debate and many in the Vatican have still not come to grips with America – there is a historical mistrust between the Vatican and America (think Leo XIII document on Americanism)

  26. Mike says:

    Faithful Catholics don’t stop being Catholic just because thugs throw around words like ‘interdict’ as if they know what they’re talking about. We pray (especially Our Lady’s Holy Rosary), fast, do the works of mercy, and strengthen ourselves with the Sacraments. This is no more and no less than sainted martyrs have done. Whether or not we’re asked to make the ultimate sacrifice as they did (and as Catholics in the near and far East and in Africa are doing at this moment), we are called to follow Christ wherever He leads us and to steer clear of false shepherds.

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  28. JustaSinner says:

    As a former Marine Drill Instructor once said at OCS, “This s@$t is getting real!” With that in mind, I know Jesus has asked me to turn the other cheek to my enemies, but I am just a sinner and will fail and likely layeth the snacketh down on these Red Guards with my size 14 steel boots. But as a sinner, I know my savior and God is all forgiving.

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