EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo is Under Attack; Pope Says He’s Honored to be Attacked by Americans

by Steve Ray on September 11, 2019

The post below was from a year ago but certainly still very timely. The blog hit a nerve so I am reposting this. Having been on EWTN a couple of times since this original posting, I must say that EWTN and affiliates are spot on and I support them and their ministry and assessment of the Church all the more. God bless them.

The latest from Raymond Arroyo is his defense of American Catholics against Pope Francis’s statement, “It’s an honor that Americans are attacking me.” And in the last few days, Pope Francis commented he is not afraid of a schism with the American church and said, “When you see Christians, bishops, priests, who are rigid, behind that there are problems and an unhealthy way of looking at the Gospel.” When he says “rigid” he means us who believe there is such a thing as right and wrong, sin and righteousness and that the doctrine and morals of the Church are stable and sure.

This seems to me to be a progressive attempt to make the Church fluid in its teachings, to evolve with the culture, accommodate those who refuse to repent and believe the Gospel, and to change the fundamental doctrine and morals of the Church through altered pastoral practice. I think it could get real interesting in the next few months.

At the end of the month, Al Kresta and I will be giving back-to-back talks entitled, “How a John Paul II Catholic can Survive in a Pope Francis World.”


Reposted from about a year ago: A number of good Catholic journalist and newscasters are speaking out about what is going on with the Vatican. Raymond Arroyo is one of them.

Raymond Arroyo is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist and a producer. He is the news director and lead anchor of EWTN News, the news division of the Eternal Word Television Network. He is creator and host of the news magazine The World Over Live seen in more than 350 million households around the globe and heard on 500 AM/FM affiliates throughout the US. Arroyo is also author of the best-selling Will Wilder series (Random House/Crown) for young readers” (Wikipedia).

Robert Royal, editor of The Catholic Thing (which everyone should subscribe to for a free daily news commentary) and president of the Faith & Reason Institute based in Washington, D.C along with Fr. Gerald Murray, canon lawyer and priest in the Archdiocese of New York, join Raymond in speaking out honestly about what many are afraid to discuss. See one of their latest discussions here.

Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 8.59.50 AMRaymond Arroyo was recently mentioned in a Tweet retweeted by the Secretary of State of the Vatican, Fr. Antonio Spadaro. In fact, it called for the firing of Arroyo and that the Church “interdict EWTN until they get rid of Raymond Arroyo” (see Tweet attached). An “interdict” is pretty much one step short of excommunication. My guess is that Arroyo’s popularity will soar as a result.

Here is what Robert Royal wrote as an introduction to The Catholic Thing Article today:

Note: Heartfelt thanks to all of you who expressed support and offered prayers over the past few days after stories appeared about a retweet by Antonio Spadaro S.J., a close collaborator of the Holy Father’s, calling on EWTN to fire Raymond Arroyo for his criticisms of various recent papal moves (and no doubt for the now five-year run of the Papal Posse). Or be placed under interdict.

This was either a weak attempt at intimidation or a lame attempt at humor – in either case, quite imprudent from someone who knows that what he says is taken, rightly or wrongly, to reflect back on Pope Francis.

Be assured, this portends no serious harm to me. This is why we have independent think-tanks and publications like The Catholic Thing, so that at least some in both Church and society may speak freely. Fr. Murray is most likely fine as well. But it’s not entirely a laughing matter for a prominent media figure like the talented Mr. Arroyo. If you want to express support, take a look at #imwithRaymond.

In any case, it will have no effect on our labors to understand and speak truth as we see it. – RR

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Angeline Sanchez April 17, 2019 at 5:28 PM

I fully believe Raymond Artoyo & the Papal Posse are
serving God as they respectfully bring to light what
should be of concern to all faithful Catholics!
Things they discuss should be brought into the
light so that the faithful can hear & attend to problems
within the Church and there are many! This is
important info. being presented; not to disparage the
Pope, but alert the faithful that something is very
amiss being promoted from the Vatican. We should
not accept heretical teaching. We need to test the
spirits & without the technology we have access to,
we will only remain ignorant.
Surely, the Vatican is not going to announce those
things contrary to scripture and the Catechism that
have been embraced during this papacy. “Without
knowledge; people perish” EWTN is teaching
Catholic truth and many of us are grateful. Raymond
Arroyo, Robert Royal & Father Murray are true
gentlemen and discuss this civilly for the viewer’s
Additionally; for those who dislike Pres. Trump,
please know that God uses who He wills for His
purposes. The Old Testament demonstrates this
when we see how our Lord used King Cyrus, a
pagan, to help Israel during the Babylonian
captivity. Be assured that God is with America
when we have a President who is pro-life,
appointing pro-life judges at every level, including
2 on the supreme court. This is the first time we
have had a president who has done so much for
life issues. He is not perfect; he’s flawed as many of us
are; but he is trying to do good where he can.
Christianity, through faith, sees God’s actions in
unexpected places.

hear honest discussion on
issues that need to be communicated to the

AUGUST GLAZER April 18, 2019 at 4:36 PM

Am in total support of EWTN and Mr. ARROYO. We have had too much secrecy in what our senior church officials do, say and support. God bless.

Cathy lewis May 9, 2019 at 9:38 PM

It is one thing for America to allow democrRs yo use scare tactics and cruel behavior for the morally correct

Artoya, like our Ewtn history, told the truth
Sadly ,Vatican has shown over and over it has 1/2 truth

Mary Baer May 17, 2019 at 11:21 PM

I beleive there is a lot of evil in the Vatican. I am catholic and I think our pope is too political and liberal.by his is very sad. I love Raymond and will be praying for him.

Marg Lam May 20, 2019 at 5:00 AM

Thank you Raymond Orroyo. It is ironic that a Cardinal would attack you for bringing the truth of the doctrines of the church, and for him to criticize EWTN, a beacon of light in the baffling comments coming from the bishop of Rome, as the pope prefers. It has held the core of the faith for years. However, there is a deafening silence among cardinals and pastors, and bishops about the infanticide law passed in NY. No excommunications, no real action or outrage about this atrocity. The pope has a record of saying things that are shocking to informed catholics who know it departs from the magisterium. May God grant pope Francis his gift of wisdom and holy tradition of the church.The Cardinal should think about Gov Cuomo signing the infanticide law, and why he didn’t criticize that. It is a shameful thing to let that go without action of excommunication yet criticize catholics standing up for our true teaching. Many have not been taught the faith correctly post vat 2, but a lot of us have. We know that the social gospel and a lot of modernism is taking place. Thanks EWTN, and thank and may God bless you Raymond Orroyo.. Marg Lam

Marg Lam May 20, 2019 at 5:14 AM

It’s ironic that the Cardinal calls out a faithful catholic who has reported some of what the pope has said which is not in line with church teaching, yet he and all the Cardinals. Bishops and pastors say nothing about the infanticide law passed in NY by gov Cuomo. So now we are just a social action church? Turning to modernism? Well perhaps the Cardinal should examine the state of the spiritual growth of the church and correct the abomination of not excommunication for the Gov. And all who follow that path. It’s a disgrace that our clergy are sitting on their hands. The pope should step in to do it himself. Thanks EWTN and to you Raymond Orroyo. Praying for you. Marg L

Marg Lam May 20, 2019 at 5:21 AM

The cardinals should stop criticism of good solid catholic teaching and rebuke by excommunications the Gov Cuomo for signing the infanticide law. They are deafeningly silent about true evil. We are not merely a social action church we are first for Jesus Christ and spiritual can of the soul. I

William & Patricia Salomone June 30, 2019 at 10:59 AM

We are in favor of Raymond Arroyo. We do feel he compromises himself by appearing on Fox. Please Raymond get back to what you do best…..EWTN brings out the BEST in you. If Mother Angelica were alive she would be praying about these matters to affect a favorable outcome. We are sure she is praying now for the Pope and all of us who want to keep the Papacy from error. Let’s ALL pray along with her privately and in our special prayer groups. We love our Church and our Pope. AND …..we love EWTN. We will be donating. Thankyou for showing the truth no matter how ugly it gets.

David Knapp August 13, 2019 at 11:04 PM

There is no guile in Raymond Arroyo. Raymond and the Papal Posse always strive to give a thoughtful answers to all questions and events. Ideologues that mock and make accusations against Raymond would probably do the same to Jesus Christ.
MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS editorial in the National Catholic Reporter are especially demeaning and ideological. His opinions and observations are political and not in a good way. Michael bears bitter fruit.

Kathleen Herald August 24, 2019 at 11:03 PM

I agree with the article from National Catholic Reporter who stated that Raymond Arroyo who hosts " EWTN's lead show, "The World Over," and it can charitably be said that he is more likely to have guests who are sympathetic with the politics of Donald Trump than with the social teaching of Pope Francis" I have been appalled at the comments made from Raymond Arroyo that have been inflamatory, Anti- Catholic and disrespectful to our pope. He defends horrible policy and is clearly against basic Catholic Social teachings"

STEVE RAY HERE: I wouldn’t expect anything less from someone who gets their information and opinions from the National Catholic Reporter.

Barbara Amaral August 26, 2019 at 11:21 PM

STEVE RAY HERE: I don’t understasnd what Barbara is complaining about. Raymand Arroyo is acting completely properly as a lay newsman should act and is saying what should be said. I leave her comment approved for the sake of discussion. Buy to criticize Raymond, in my mind, is hypocritical and unwise.

It's one thing to bring the news , but how it's conveyed is very important * To put humor into a serious situation ,like the scandals of priests and the victims of abuse is not appropriate ,even of calling a posse as what is happening at this time / We know that all things ,as our Lord tells us, will be revealed in it's right time ,according to God's will * Judging before the right time can be bad ,like when People who have been sentenced to death and found out later that they were found to be innocent ! This is why the death penalty is not the best solution when this happens / How we convey judgment tempered without mercy ,we have to look with in ourselves ,for all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God ,so that God can have compassion on us all + Justice must prevail ,yet remembering that Our Blessed Mother ,the Mother of our Lord and God ,Jesus Christ, told the children at Fatima ,Portugal to pray for poor sinners who because they don't have any one to pray for them ,that's why they go to Hell ! Spreading hatred and quick judgment too quickly can cause violent anger and the good sheep can become scattered and confused, like sheep without a shepherd * Prayer is so important for the victims ,especially and even for conversion and healing for the sick souls of the priests who were led astray by the errors of their superiors/ May the Lord bring us out of these darkened days in our church and in the world and let the Dawn from above shine on those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our path in the way of peace * To find peace and forgiveness in our hearts when he comes to judge the living and the dead + We will all have to stand before him on that day +* The peace of the Lord be with us and with our spirit * <3

Ronald Erken September 10, 2019 at 9:07 PM

Mr Arroyo’s editorial comments on 9/5/19 were superb; articulate, civil, insightful, and most important, valid. Please keep up the excellent work you do for the Church, which is obviously under severe attack not only from the liberal left culture, but also from within the Church. God help us!

Kasia September 12, 2019 at 6:08 PM

In total agreement with you Steve! Where will you and Al be giving your talks?

STEVE RAY HERE: Kasia, we will be speaking at a private event for the Equestrian Order organization. I plan to post the talk on my blog afterward.

Paul McMullin September 16, 2019 at 12:47 PM

Thus far I am a protestant, as I have been for around 50 years, but I am investigating Catholicism, taking my time. . I enjoy much of EWTN, and Raymond Arroyo, and of course Robert Royal, and Father Gerald Murray. All three of you are a men of integrity, greatly admired, and we appreciate all that you do. Wonderful men of God, we need many more like you for sure. Please keep up the good work, and may God bless your work, your ministries, and all that you do, richly, in Christ’s name we ask this, amen.

Lars-Goran Stahl October 13, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Isn't a little bit strange that Mr Arroyo is always positive about what Trump is saying and doing and always negative about our pope?!

STEVE RAY HERE: First, I think that is an exaggeration and second, I think there might be a good reason for that even though what you say is an exaggeration. I think a lot of good conservative Americans are doing the same thing for very good reason. Although your word “always” disqualifies your comment.

Tim Othy October 19, 2019 at 5:47 PM

The Catholic Church isn't selling out to Trump. I think Trump is an evil man and I don't like him any more than I do Hillary. Both are terrible for our great country. I love the Church but do understand that we have a liberal pope who is hurting the Church by ignoring the immorality of our day by narrowly focusing on minor ethical issues. It's the popular way to be today. You see a man about to murder another man who's going to step on a dog's tail and you jump to keep the dog from getting his tail stepped on while the man is murdered. What the Church needs now is that YOU and I begin to live holier lives. The only thing which can have the world focus on what's important is SAINTS!

STEVE RAY HERE: Well, I agree with most of what you wrote but I suspect you get your info on Trump from the Lame Street Secular Media. I happen to be very fond of Trump and think he’s the best president this county’s had in a century.

RC December 7, 2019 at 5:10 AM

RC: You are correct I won’t approve your long-winded and vitriolic screed. Easy to respond to but way too angry, long, rude and self-important. Try being a bit polite and courteous next time if you want to be taken half seriously.

tom January 4, 2020 at 6:04 PM

I was at the station a number of years ago with a group of nuns and met mother Angelica. I enjoy Arroyo on Fox. Michael Magazine had an article about a woman involved helping to train men to become bishops and destroy the Church from within. Whatever happened to archbishop werle former bishop of Pgh. and arch bishop in D.C.I fought for my God,family and country. I believe the U.S.A. is headed back into Christianity. isn’t Schiff a descendant of one of Adolph’s right hand men?

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