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Friday, August 17, 2018

EWTN Press Release: Daniel A. Burke

Daniel A. Burke Named President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News


Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network has named Daniel A. Burke to the post of President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc. effective Aug. 17, 2018. Burke, who has been serving as the Executive Director of EWTN’s National Catholic Register, will oversee and direct the activities the Network’s global news operations, which include “EWTN News Nightly with Lauren Ashburn,” “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo,” “EWTN Pro-Life Weekly,” “Force for Good,” and Washington, D.C. News Production group as well as The National Catholic Register, Catholic News Agency, ChurchPop, the ACI Group and EWTN’s Vatican Bureau. 

“Over the past several years, EWTN has focused a great deal of effort on creating a global Catholic news platform through television, radio, print and digital,” said Michael P. Warsaw, EWTN Global Catholic Network Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Dan Burke is a perfect choice to lead these operations. He is uniquely suited to help facilitate cooperation and editorial collaboration across our multiple outlets. I am confident this will result in a greatly strengthened position for all of our news operations.” In his new role, Burke will report directly to Warsaw.

Dan Burke joined EWTN as part of the Network’s acquisition of the National Catholic Register in 2011. Burke’s background, prior to his arrival at EWTN, included global strategy development, business and technology consulting, and organizational development. He is an award-winning author and editor of 11 books on authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan is also the founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, which offers graduate studies in spiritual theology to priests, religious, and laity in more than 70 countries.

“EWTN Foundress Mother Angelica changed the face of Catholicism in America as she advanced the Gospel through her use of the media,” said Burke in reacting to the appointment. “The Network has not only continued her legacy through EWTN, but now through Catholic news has dramatically expanded EWTN’s work of evangelization around the world. I am honored to play a small role in this great work of God and look forward to serving the vital mission of EWTN News as we engage and examine the events of the day through the lens of the teachings of the Church.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 38th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 275 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division. 


Saturday, August 11, 2018

What would you do?

In all honesty, I think I would have smacked this priest if he did this to my kid. 😠


"A family were forced to wrestle their baby away from a French priest who was baptising him, after the clergyman lost his temper and violently smacked the boy across the face.
In a video of the incident, the Catholic priest can be seen blessing the boy while making the sign of the cross with his hand over the child’s body. The baby then begins to cry loudly, disrupting the ceremony.
The priest, speaking in French, can be heard saying the boy is having a “tantrum” and he needs water poured on his head to become a “little Christian.” He then mutters “calm down, calm down, you must calm down” while visibly bristling with frustration. Suddenly, he snaps and strikes the child across the face.
The person who was filming the baptism can be heard gasping. The priest, reluctant to let go, can then be seen grabbing the baby’s neck and body before putting his face and hand over the boy's face to muffle his cries."


I missed this story when it came out in June of this year. Just stumbled across it tonight and was shocked and sickened by it. 


In Christ, 

Julie 


Link:
https://www.newsweek.com/video-catholic-priest-caught-violently-slapping-baby-during-baptism-stop-it-989009



Sunday, August 5, 2018

Now is not the time to panic good and faithful servants




Between the latest homosexual priests scandals and cover-ups; to the pope changing the catechism some people have apparently reached their limits. 

It's understandable, but not an excuse to jump ship. 



I left a comment over on The Remnant...
Julie: I pray for this pope and I try so hard to love him...but I fear him. He seems to be purposely destructive...makes me think of the prophecy's from Emmerich about those inside the Church tearing Her down from the inside.
I wonder...will the next pope be able to "undo" what our current pope is doing?
And a wonderful woman quoted the Catechism (a part that so far, hasn't changed). 
Ann Malley replies to Julie @ CT Catholic Corner...  
Look to CCC 675: Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers (cf. Lk 18:8; Mt 24:12). The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth (cf. Lk 21:12; Jn 15: 19-20), will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of His Messiah come in the flesh (cf. 2Thess 2: 4-12; 1Thess 5: 2-3; 2Jn 7:1; 1Jn 2:18, 22).
We all knew this was coming, but we forget when these things happen. We are shook and scandalized and frustrated and angry. I happen to believe the Anne Catherine Emmerich prophecies about what is coming... the near total (the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church) destruction of the Church by Freemasons and rotten clergy in the Church. So I can't say that I am surprised by anything coming from the Church any more. It breaks my heart to see and it does make me angry, but I am not shocked by it because we have been warned. 

Anne Catherine Emmerich prophecy

“Last night I had a vision of the Pope. I saw St. Francis carrying the church, and the basilica of St. Peter borne on the shoulders of a little man who had something of the Jew in his countenance. It looked very perilous. Mary stood on the north side of the church with her mantle extended over it. The little man was almost bent double. He is, as yet, a laic. I know who he is. The twelve men whom I always see as the twelve new Apostles ought to have helped him, but they arrive too late; however, just as he was about to fall, they all ran up with myriads of angels to his assistance. It was only the pavement and the back part of the church, for all the rest had been demolished by the secret society helped by the servants of the church themselves. They bore it to another place, and it seems as if rows of palaces fell before it like fields of wheat in harvest time.


“When I saw St. Peter’s in this ruinous state and so many ecclesiastics laboring, though secretly, at its destruction, I was so overcome that I cried earnestly to Jesus for mercy. Then I saw my Heavenly Spouse (Jesus) before me under the form of a youth. He spoke to me for a long time. He told me that this translation of St. Peter’s signified that the Church would apparently fall to total ruin: but that, resting on these supports, she would be raised up again. Even if there should remain but one Catholic Christian, the Church would again triumph since its foundations were not cast in the intellect or councils of men. She had never yet been without members praying and suffering for her. He showed me all that He Himself had endured for her, what efficacy He had bestowed upon the merits and labors of the martyrs and He ended by saying that He would endure it all over again if it were possible for Him again to suffer. He showed me, also, in numberless pictures, the miserable aims of Christians and ecclesiastics throughout the whole world. The vision grew wider, more extended, until it embraced my own country; and then Jesus exhorted me to perseverance in prayer and expiatory suffering. It was an unspeakably great and sorrowful picture. I cannot describe it!”[clip]

And...“Then, I saw that everything that pertained to Protestantism was gradually gaining the upper hand, and the Catholic religion fell into complete decadence. Most priests were lured by the glittering but false knowledge of young school-teachers, and they all contributed to the work of the destruction


“In those days, Faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in some places only, in a few cottages and in a few families which God has protected from disasters and wars.”[end quote] 

We have the Sacred Scriptures as mentioned in the catechism and many prophecies warning us about what is coming, so none of us should be shocked to be witnessing these things. Saddened yes, but not so much that we jump out of the Ark of our Salvation and into certain death. 

We were warned so that we could be prepared. 

We must hold fast to the authentic Faith, go to Mass and Confession, practice a good devout prayer life and work out our salvation as Saint Paul tells us while trying to save the souls of those around us. If we want to hear "Well done, good and faithful servant" at the end of our life, then we must be "good and faithful" until the end of our lives.

Don't jump ship in the storm- there is no salvation to be found anywhere else. 




In Christ and holding on, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


links: 

https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/4000-killing-capital-punishment-francis-vs-the-catholic-church

http://catholicprophecy.org/venerable-anna-emmerich/ 

https://www.lifesitenews.com//news/church-at-crisis-moment-that-demands-serious-pain-and-soul-searching-ewtn-p 




Friday, August 3, 2018

Pope Francis changes Catholic catechism



Glad I tuned in to Raymond Arroyo's The World Over on EWTN last night.  



I've read several articles on what the pope has done, and I found one that really stands out to me. 

If you haven't yet read any articles on what Pope Francis has done, I highly recommend The Remnant's article: Killing Capital Punishment: Francis vs. the Catholic Church
Written by Christopher A. Ferrara

From Twitter...

I can see where some Catholics would come to this conclusion. 


I've got nothing to add to this, except God help us. 🙏


In Christ, 


Julie 



https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/4000-killing-capital-punishment-francis-vs-the-catholic-church


https://twitter.com/mange513/status/1025403309606227968



Thursday, July 26, 2018

How can Dogma change?



I've ignore this for years, but its come up in an interesting email discussion with a Catholic friend of mine and we would like some answers. 

Can anyone help us out here? 

"No salvation outside the Catholic Church"  
“The Most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, also Jews, heretics, and schismatics can ever be partakers of eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire ‘which was prepared for the devil and his angels’ (Mt. 25:41) unless before death they are joined with Her… No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ can be saved unless they abide within the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.”  -Pope Eugene IV, ex cathedra, Council of Florence, Cantate Domino (1441 AD) 

“The universal Church of the faithful is one outside of which none is saved.” -Pope Innocent III, ex cathedra, Fourth Lateran Council (1215 AD) 





-Vs-

"Yes! There is salvation outside the Church!" 
DOGMATIC CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH
LUMEN GENTIUM
SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED BY HIS HOLINESS
POPE PAUL VI
ON NOVEMBER 21, 1964   
15. The Church recognizes that in many ways she is linked with those who, being baptized, are honored with the name of Christian, though they do not profess the faith in its entirety or do not preserve unity of communion with the successor of Peter. (14*) For there are many who honor Sacred Scripture, taking it as a norm of belief and a pattern of life, and who show a sincere zeal. They lovingly believe in God the Father Almighty and in Christ, the Son of God and Saviour. (15*) They are consecrated by baptism, in which they are united with Christ. They also recognize and accept other sacraments within their own Churches or ecclesiastical communities. Many of them rejoice in the episcopate, celebrate the Holy Eucharist and cultivate devotion toward the Virgin Mother of God.(16*) They also share with us in prayer and other spiritual benefits. Likewise we can say that in some real way they are joined with us in the Holy Spirit, for to them too He gives His gifts and graces whereby He is operative among them with His sanctifying power. Some indeed He has strengthened to the extent of the shedding of their blood. In all of Christ's disciples the Spirit arouses the desire to be peacefully united, in the manner determined by Christ, as one flock under one shepherd, and He prompts them to pursue this end. (17*) Mother Church never ceases to pray, hope and work that this may come about. She exhorts her children to purification and renewal so that the sign of Christ may shine more brightly over the face of the earth. 
16. Finally, those who have not yet received the Gospel are related in various ways to the people of God.(18*) In the first place we must recall the people to whom the testament and the promises were given and from whom Christ was born according to the flesh.(125) On account of their fathers this people remains most dear to God, for God does not repent of the gifts He makes nor of the calls He issues.(126) But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind. Nor is God far distant from those who in shadows and images seek the unknown God, for it is He who gives to all men life and breath and all things,(127) and as Saviour wills that all men be saved.(128) Those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, yet sincerely seek God and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do His will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience.(19*) Nor does Divine Providence deny the helps necessary for salvation to those who, without blame on their part, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God and with His grace strive to live a good life. Whatever good or truth is found amongst them is looked upon by the Church as a preparation for the Gospel.(20*) She knows that it is given by Him who enlightens all men so that they may finally have life. But often men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasonings and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, serving the creature rather than the Creator.(129) Or some there are who, living and dying in this world without God, are exposed to final despair. Wherefore to promote the glory of God and procure the salvation of all of these, and mindful of the command of the Lord, "Preach the Gospel to every creature",(130) the Church fosters the missions with care and attention."

Did Vatican II change Dogma to say non-Catholics are saved by other faiths? Like the example of the Muslims mentioned? 

What happened? The Catechism (below) seems clear that belief in Christ is necessary for salvation- but what sort of belief? The Muslims believe Jesus was just a good prophet? Is that enough for salvation now? 

Is it the "We have the 'hope' all people will be saved" that Bishop Barron is always talking about? 

Is it merely the ignorant who never knew about Jesus, but had they known they would have believed? 

Or... has the Church completely changed centuries of Catholic Dogma? 


Thanks! 


In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Catechism: 

161 Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation. 42 "Since "without faith it is impossible to please [God]" and to attain to the fellowship of his sons, therefore without faith no one has ever attained justification, nor will anyone obtain eternal life 'But he who endures to the end.'"]


 Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 3, Article 2, SubSection 1  

169 Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother: "We believe the Church as the mother of our new birth, and not in the Church as if she were the author of our salvation." 55 Because she is our mother, she is also our teacher in the faith.

 
Link: 


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Great Adventure Catholic Bible


OK, the title is kinda hokey but I like what this Bible will include. 

Ad quoteHow you’ll learn... 
*Color-coding for easy reference. Uses the popular Bible Timeline system that’s used by hundreds of thousands of Catholics to learn the Bible 
*Articles to help you understand the overarching story and important covenants that tie the entire Bible together. 
*Key event callouts to help you quickly identify important points in the Bible that ordinarily take readers a long time to find and categorize in their head. 
*Detailed charts giving a visual overview of important characters, key events, maps, major covenants, and historical context. 
*Newly Designed Full-Color Maps to help visualize Bible story locations.
Being a convert to Catholicism, I grew up using Protestant reference Bibles- I adored them because they taught about the people, places and background information about the stories in the Bible. Granted it was flawed because it was Protestant, but my point is, I always wanted more information for better understanding of what I was reading in the Bible - reference Bibles gave that to me. 

Now I'm thrilled to find a new Catholic "reference" Bible being published that seems to include all those things. 

Ad quote from Ascension Press
Features
*A full-color Bible with a beautiful eye-catching design
 
*Each book of the Bible is color-coded with printed tabs, indicating where it belongs within The Bible Timeline. 
*Twelve Timeline charts provide a visual overview of the Bible, including: important characters, Key Events, geography, major covenants, world rulers, and contemporary events in secular history. 
*Twelve articles give a summary and explanation of each period of salvation history. 
*Seven articles introduce and explain the major covenants of salvation history, showing God’s amazing plan for humanity. 
*Seventy Key Event call-outs provide a brief description of the milestones in the biblical narrative. 
*Includes sixteen newly designed full-color maps. 
*The words of Jesus are printed in red. 
*Revised Standard Version – Second Catholic Edition. 
*Granted an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat through the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis 
*Two ribbon markers.


Source: https://shop.ascensionpress.com/products/the-great-adventure-catholic-bible 



In Christ, 

Julie @Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Monday, July 23, 2018

EWTN: Bravery Under Fire, Father Willie Doyle



Bravery Under Fire: EWTN To Air The Heroic Story
Of Irish Army Chaplain Father Willie Doyle



Irondale, AL (EWTN) – He was so brave during the First World War that he ran countless times into “no man’s land” to drag fellow soldiers to safety. He was so devout that he would arise early to swim and pray in an icy lake, yet he was “such a jovial character” that everyone wanted to hang out with him.

He was Father Willie Doyle, and he was an Irish Catholic Jesuit, who enlisted as a Chaplain in the British Army in 1915 because he wanted to be on the battlefield with soldiers when they most needed a priest. Learn all about his amazing life, including his “Bravery Under Fire,” when EWTN’s newest docudrama premieres at 10 p.m. ET, Sunday, Aug. 12. (Encores air at 3:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Aug. 16; 9 a.m. ET, Saturday, August 18; and 1:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, August 19. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.)

While Father Willie’s early life sets the stage, his story really comes to life after the outbreak of the First World War when the 42-year-old priest joined the British Army, 16th Irish Division, as a Catholic Chaplain.

“All denominations loved him,” said Director/Producer Campbell Miller. “They knew no matter what happened, even if they were out in no man’s land and left for dead, Father Willie would come for them. He didn’t just come once. He came multiple times a day. He would drag that soldier back if injured or, if they weren’t going to make it, he would lie down beside them and give them the last rites.”

Miller said all the soldiers wanted to be in Father Willie’s dugout because it appeared to them that no one who fought near him was killed. However, that changed in August 1917. Father Willie went out on the battlefield to rescue two men, and was caught in a mortar attack.

Says Miller: “Father Willie wanted to give the men that passed away a dignified Christian burial. It feels very odd that this could not be awarded to him because they never actually found his body. He was blown to bits.”
Father Willie Doyle was an Irish Catholic Jesuit, who enlisted as a Chaplain in the British Army in 1915 because he wanted to be on the battlefield with soldiers when they most needed a priest.Learn all about his amazing life, including his “Bravery Under Fire,” when EWTN’s newest docudrama premieres at 10 p.m. ET, Sunday, Aug. 12. (Encores air at 3:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Aug. 16; 9 a.m. ET, Saturday, August 18; and 1:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, August 19. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.)

This might seem like a sad ending, but Miller says no one who looks at Father Willie’s life ultimately comes away sad.


“I would have wanted to hang out with Father Willie” he said. “Here was a man who gave up his life for his friends. You see that there was no fear. You see, in his limited time on earth, the respect people had for him and the impact he had on so many people while he was alive -- and even afterward from the pamphlets he wrote. “Shall I Become a Priest?”, one of his pamphlets, brought many to the priesthood. When you see what he accomplished, you can’t help but get inspired.”

Father Willie’s cause for canonization, which was put forward in 1943, has languished. Miller says: “My hope for this film is that it will cause people to again look at his cause for canonization.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 37th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 275 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division. 





Thursday, July 19, 2018

Event: 2018 Respect Life Conference

Dear Friends,

Christ is in our midst!

The 19th annual Respect Life Conference details released

The 2018 Respect Life Conference will be held on Saturday, October 13, at Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish --Holy Angels Campus, 585 Main Street, South Meriden, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Archbishop Leonard Blair will welcome and open the conference

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Keynote speaker --founder of the Ruth Institute

Guest speakers: 
Judith M. Mascolo, MD
Roderick P. Murphy
Elaine Blondin Mello, PhD

Registration is $25.00 per person (includes hospitality and lunch)

checks payable:
Respect Life Conference
PO Box 392
Meriden, CT 06450

No fee for priests, deacons, religious and seminarians

PAX!

++++
Paul A. Zalonski
Catholic Connecticut
255 Foxon Hill Road
East Haven, CT 06513-1216 USA

CatholicCT@gmail.com

Follow Paul on Twitter @CatholicCT
Connect with Paul on Facebook "Catholic Connecticut CatholicCT"


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Baby drag queens featured at NYC gay pride parade



Tell me they don't all look mentally insane! 

To all the Catholics out there, please consider spending some extra time in the pews this Sunday praying for our nation. When Mass has ended, stay and pray. So many souls are being lost- especially the children. 

Sunday is the gay pride parade in NYC and the horrors that have been going on, especially this week in NYC leading up to this gay pride parade are just unthinkable. I won't show those images (they are readily available on assorted social media). Even the ones I am showing here are disturbing. 

Target the department store is a "proud" sponsor of "youth pride"... 

Part of "youth pride" is...I can't even believe I am saying this..."baby drag queens" and "drag kids" of all ages... 



This "mother" (and I can hardly use the term)...has corrupted this child. 
I first posted the now 10 year old boy Desmond's photo a few years back in my post "Gay Parades are Child Abuse"





This child got the idea to dress in drag from watching a drag queen show on television when he was A TODDLER! What parent lets their child of any age watch such a show? 
Quote: "It's Pride Week in New York City, and abc7NY is featuring some of the social media stars in the LGBTQ community.
One of them is 10-year-old "Drag Kid" Desmond Napoles, who -- with the support of his family -- remains confident in himself while on a journey that is often fraught with fear. But not for this "amazing" young man.
Desmond is already an activist, advocate, model and fashion icon, and he's come a long way since he danced his way through the Village in the 2015 Pride March.
"Overnight, I was everywhere," he said.
Fast forward three years, and Desmond is still everywhere. DesmondIsAmazing has 65,000 Instagram followers, and he has appeared on talk shows and alongside his idol, RuPaul.
"When I saw the first episode of RuPaul's 'Drag Race' season 1, I saw these queens," he said. "And they were so amazing that I decided I would take my mom's clothes, shoes, towels, wrap them around myself to make pretend."
According to a Youtube video on "Fatherly", Desmond "came out of the closet" at the age of 3 (a bit later he says he was 2)- after watching "RuPaul's Drag Race" show. His father says Desmond entered kindergarten as an openly gay boy while admitting his child has been watching (subjected to) drag queen television shows since he was only a 2 year old toddler. Did it ever occur to these parents that such television shows would warp and influence their little boy? Perhaps they subjected their toddler to this show in the hopes of doing just that...creating a gay drag kid? Diabolical either way. 

Pray for Desmond to be released from the bonds of this evil. What chance did this child have with parents like his? They put evil in his path and then encouraged him to embrace it.  

And, don't listen to Father James Martin... 


...he can stuff a sock in it! This is child abuse and gay pride parades are evil. 

These people are disgusting and they are doing great evil, again I can't post some of the NYC gay pride events because they are simply too offensive and vile. 



Even the NYPD... 


Remember to pray for the Christian police who are forced to drive "gay pride" vehicles while trying to keep people safe. What a horror their jobs must be particularly every June. 

Keep the words of our Lord fresh in your mind when you think of the children attending pride parades...






The Church is failing these people...

...God help us from such parishes. 

In Christ, 


Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 



********
Sources: 

Desmond's story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w5X4aD6mo8

http://abc7ny.com/entertainment/10-year-old-drag-kids-mom-love-your-child-unconditionally/3638371/

https://twitter.com/NYCPride 

https://twitter.com/ABC7NY/status/1010183202948907015

My 2014 post on gay pride parades (WARNING GRAPHIC) http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2014/01/banning-children-from-gay-pride-parades.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w5X4aD6mo8 

https://twitter.com/JamesMartinSJ/status/1002901862268448768



Friday, June 22, 2018

National Catholic Register Awards

National Catholic Register Repeats as ‘Newspaper of the Year’

The Register captured 11 awards, including top marks for coverage of religious liberty, vocations to the priesthood, religious life & the diaconate, & best regular column


Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The National Catholic Register was named “Newspaper of the Year” for the second consecutive year at the Catholic Press Association’s annual Catholic Media Conference June 12-15 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Register’s Sept. 3, Sept. 17 and Oct. 1 issues, with the lead stories “Racism on Main Street,” “Houston’s ‘Dunkirk’ Moment” and “Consecrated to the Blessed Mother” “had interesting stories with a variety of topics ranging from immigration, pro-life rallies, and racism,” the judges said in awarding the conference’s top national award to the Register. “The graphics and photos in the paper were also superb. A nice variety of topics for an audience with diverse interests. Articles are well-written and easy to read.”

“I never imagined we’d be recognized as Newspaper of the Year twice in a row,” said Jeanette De Melo, the Register’s editor-in-chief. “That’s an incredible honor and sign of our consistency. But I’m also thrilled that we were recognized across a broad spectrum of awards, for a variety of writing styles and topics: from columns and analysis to news and feature reporting on religious liberty, biotechnology, vocation, racism and pro-life issues. Such general excellence makes me truly proud and even more determined in our editorial mission.”

The Register, marking its 90th anniversary through November, won 11 awards in all, including top awards for “Best Coverage of Religious Liberty Issues,” “Best Regular Column: General Commentary” and “Best Reporting on Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate.”

“Conscience in Residency Project,” by correspondent Elisabeth Deffner, “Trump on Religious Freedom,” by senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, and “Contraceptive Mandate Relief in Sight” by correspondent Brian Fraga combined to earn a first-place finish for its coverage of religious liberty.

The judges remarked of these stories, “It is often hard to top the work of the National Catholic Register and you can't this year. The article on Conscience in Residency Project introduces tough topics and the fine doctors in the battle. The discussion on President Trump and religious freedom structured by Joan Frawley Desmond is a vibrant and complete article. The piece on Contraceptive Mandate Relief is another important topic with good insight and coverage.”

Veteran Register contributor Rebecca Taylor earned the top award for her commentaries — “Immoral Uses of Biotechnology — Even With Good Intentions — Are Nevertheless Evil”; “When Redefining ‘Normal’ Is More Hurtful Than Helpful”; “It’s Up to Us to Protect the Tree of Life.” The judges said of her award-winning work, “Powerful persuasion backed by strong coverage makes this one stand out as a winner.”

Also lauded was the work of correspondents Michael Kelly, Patti Armstrong and Nicholas Wolfram Smith, “Monastic Life in Ireland,” “New Priests Honor Mom with Old Tradition” and “Doctor the Priesthood is Calling,” as a “wonderful package that spans all that is Catholic, the small but steady growth of monastic life in Ireland, a warm and fuzzy family story of two brothers who became priests, and a look at those who have combined Ph.D. knowledge with priestly wisdom. Each article stands alone, but also becomes part of a bigger picture of vocations.”

The Register won second place for “Best Investigative/News Analysis/News Writing for its coverage of the Reformation at 500. Contributors were senior editor Matthew Bunson and Stephen Beale, Steve Weidenkopf, Mark Brumley and Susan Klemond. The judges called it “a fascinating and exhaustively reported exploration.”

“This series challenges common misperceptions, brings historical figures to life through vivid writing, and uses timelines and short profiles to show how centuries-old events still have resonance in today,” they added.

The Register also won a second-place award for “Best Coverage of Pro-Life Issues:” Deffner, for “Small Blessings: Volunteers Give Proper Burial to Babies,” Desmond, for “Human Coalition Helps Change Hearts of Abortion Determined Mothers,” and Fraga, for “Abortion Divide Deepens in US.”

Staff writer Peter Jesserer Smith’s “Racism on Main Street” took third place for “Best News Writing on a National Event.”

Longtime Register film critic Deacon Steven D. Greydanus also won third place for “Best Regular Column: Culture, the Arts and Leisure” for “Apostasy and Ambiguity,” “What Does a Starship Need with God?” and “All Saints Offers Story of Encounter, Welcome of Refugees.”

The Register also earned honorable mention for “Best Front Page Design” (“The Trump Presidency,” “The Register at 90” and “Fractured Faith: The Reformation at 500”); “Best In-Depth News/Special Reporting” (“Indian Nun’s Killer Participates in Her Beatification Mass” by Anto Akkara) and “Best News Writing on an International Event” for its coverage by Peter Jesserer Smith and Vatican reporter Edward Pentin of persecuted Christians in the Middle East in the wake of ISIS.

“I am grateful for the dedication and creativity of the Register team, from the editors and staff writers to the many freelance journalist and commentators who contribute to our pages,” De Melo said. “They deserve this recognition for the standout service they provide our readers. I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work and dedication of the Register team.”

The award-winning National Catholic Register (www.NCRegister.com) provides its readers with timely news reporting from across the United States, the Vatican, and around the world. As the newspaper of record for the Catholic Church in America, the Register and its online presence, NCRegister.com, have become America’s most complete and faithful Catholic news source. With over 90 years in print, the Register is published bi-weekly, 26 issues per year. The National Catholic Register also produces Register Radio, a weekly program that airs on EWTN’s radio network.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 37th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN's 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 275 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, "The National Catholic Register" newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.  

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EWTN Big Winner at 2018 Gabriel Awards



EWTN Global Catholic Network was honored with numerous Gabriel awards – for news coverage in war-torn Iraq, for two high-end original docudramas, and for a new radio talk show – during the 53rd Annual Gabriel Awards ceremony, Thursday, June 14, at the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, Wisconsin.


Irondale, AL (EWTN) –  EWTN Global Catholic Network was honored with numerous Gabriel awards – for news coverage in war-torn Iraq, for two high-end original docudramas, and for a new radio talk show – during the 53rd Annual Gabriel Awards ceremony, Thursday, June 14, at the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Gabriel Awards are presented annually by the Catholic Press Association and honor both secular and religious film, television, radio and digital media outlets for “outstanding artistic achievement in media that entertains and enriches with a true vision of humanity and a true vision of life.”


“EWTN News Nightly with Lauren Ashburn” swept the “TV, News and Informational, National Release” category of the 2018 Gabriel Awards winning first place, second place, and an honorable mention for its on-the-ground coverage in Iraq. First place went to Anchor Lauren Ashburn’s interview with a Catholic priest from Michigan, who moved to Erbil, a town in Northern Iraq, to minister to war-weary Catholics and other Christians and to give them hope. According to the Gabriel judges: “The selflessness of this priest and the timeliness of the story make it a real winner.” (www.youtube.com/ewtn)

A story about residents returning to areas liberated from ISIS and conditions on the ground in Iraq was honored with a second place win, while “EWTN News Nightly” was given an honorable mention for a story about Batnaya after the expulsion of ISIS by Kurdish fighters.

“EWTN has given considerable attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East, so it was gratifying to see Lauren Ashburn and videographer Tom Haller recognized for their incredible work in Iraq covering stories on Catholics dealing with the devastation wrought by ISIS,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “I was especially pleased to see the judges recognize the Network’s efforts to provide viewers with news they will not see anywhere else.”


“Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno,” an EWTN original docudrama, also garnered a first place award in the “TV, Religious, National Release” category. The program depicts the life of a former Maryknoll missionary turned military chaplain, who died at the age of 38 on the killing fields of Vietnam administering the sacraments and pulling others to safety. The judges called the program “[b]eautiful, heart wrenching and inspiring.” (http://bit.ly/CalledandChosen)


The Network also garnered an Honorable Mention for Episode 2 of its blockbuster series, “The Message of Fatima.” The episode, which aired during Fatima’s 100th anniversary, dramatizes Our Lady of Fatima’s first apparition. (http://bit.ly/TheMessageOfFatima)

“For several years now, EWTN has been focused on creating more original, high quality movies, documentaries, and docudramas,” Warsaw said. “That’s why we are especially pleased that the Gabriels honored ‘Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno’ with a first place award for its depiction of the inspiring life of this heroic priest, as well as ‘The Message of Fatima.’ These two docudramas were EWTN viewer favorites.”

Finally, EWTN Radio won a second place Gabriel in the “Radio, Religious, National Release” category for “Take Two With Jerry & Debbie.” Said Warsaw: “We hope this award helps more people to discover one of our most popular radio shows!”


These award-winning programs can be found on EWTN’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/ewtn. Find “Called and Chosen” here: http://bit.ly/CalledandChosen, and “The Message of Fatima” here: http://bit.ly/TheMessageOfFatima.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 37th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 275 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.

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