Father Gordon MacRae (about) wrote an excellent article defending Father Benedict Groeschel (here). He also sent in a comment via email for another defense of Father Groeschel written by yours truly (here). I did add Father Gordon’s comment there, but I thought I would put it in it’s own post at the top of the blog. As you read through that post, know that EWTN also read it (here).
“I am so glad that Father Byers has taken this up. We – the entire Church – owes a debt of respect and gratitude to Father Benedict Groeschel. It is distressing to say the least that EWTN has allowed him to go into the night under an undeserved dark cloud, but it is an abomination that they have also apparently removed all evidence that he was ever associated with EWTN. The greatest insult here is not to Father Groeschel, but to Mother Angelica under whose leadership such a thing could never have happened. We also owe it to EWTN to call them to task on this. The Lord did not build this important television network just so that its administration can practice a spirit of cowardice. I hope all readers will send Father Byers’ post and my own at These Stone Walls to EWTN, and to other Catholic media. Father George, you are a man of courage and principle.
With blessings to all,
Father Gordon MacRae”
Get that? The greatest insult is to Mother Angelica herself. I think Father MacRae is on to something here. It’s tempting for me to speculate about how this could possibly be the case. Let’s just say that Mother was a firey autocrat (and one would expect no less), but as soon as you get others involved, they find this modus operandi most distressing, aggravating, and can’t wait for it to stop. Being rid of one of Mother Angelica’s best friends and advisors would surely make a statement, wouldn’t it? Just asking. There’s no other reason to be so crass as the leadership of EWTN has been.
To EWTN: Put Father Groeschel’s stuff back on line. Mother Angelica did not have a spirit of cowardice, did she? Don’t forget, you’re resting on her laurels, not your own. In protecting your own spirit of political correctness to the naysayers that there will always be, you are not protecting EWTN, just yourselves, but even what you think you have will be taken away from you, will it not, if you continue in this fashion? No one wants cowards. Really.