Row erupts among Catholics; Pope is accused of ‘wrecking’ the Church

Row erupts among Catholics; Pope is accused of ‘wrecking’ the Church December 7, 2018

The Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) – a conservative Catholic broadcaster – has been plunged into a Twitter war over alleged attacks on Pope.

From left, Napier, Arroyo and Paisley. Images via YouTube

The row was sparked by South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, who blasted EWTB’s Raymond Arroyo for negatively reporting on the Pope – and he went so far as to compare Arroyo to the late Ian Paisley, Northern Ireland’s  firebrand anti-papist who founded the Free Presbyterian Church of Ireland – and a man who branded Pope John Paul II as “the anti-Christ”.

Paisley, who snuffed it in 2014, also famously launched a campaign to “Save Ulster from Sodomy!”

In a tweet this week, Napier – the former Archbishop of Durban – said Arroyo’s “The World Over” programme:

Is like a throwback to the 1960’s & 70’s, when Ian Paisley & his ilk fulminated against Catholic Faith in general, & Pope in particular! I’ve still to hear a programme that doesn’t report negatively on or attack Pope Francis!

Arroya used Twitter to hit back, saying that he had been advised by Mother Angelica, the founder EWTN, that he had an obligation to tell the truth, no matter how others responded.

American author Amy Welborn told the cardinal that “name-calling” and “guilt-by-association” aren’t “authentic dialogue. She tweeted:

Perhaps it would be more helpful and elevate the level of online discourse if you addressed specific points and criticisms raised in the program. This mode of ‘arguing’ by name-calling or guilt-by-association isn’t authentic dialogue – which I thought was our goal – in any sense.

And English blogger Laurence England insisted that  EWTN was doing its duty whereas the Cardinal was not.

I am yet to go a week without Pope Francis wrecking Christ’s Church without Cardinal Napier’s support. EWTN are just doing their duty AS YOU DO NOT DO YOURS.

In another tweet, Colombian priest Fr. Carlos Vargas referred to the reasons why EWTN has questioned some of Pope Francis’ decisions.

When the Pope’s words cause confusion in the Church, and when his actions denote a disregard for the sex abuse crisis in the US, you may call that ‘negative reporting’. Others call it the truth.

Other Catholics told the Cardinal that they did not think his tweet was worthy of his office.

Steven Hunter, a married father in Ohio, tweeted:

It’s highly inappropriate for a Prince of the Church to single out one Catholic by name on social media for this sort of criticism, even more so since the criticism is unfounded. This pope has been a font of ambiguity and confusion, and I’m glad @RaymondArroyo is calling it out.

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  • A pox on all their houses.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Gee, I don’t know if I can follow all this highly intellectual theological stuff ‘I know you are , but what am I’ is way over my education level. Maybe they can bring it down to PHHHHHHHT and BRRRRRRP

  • Jim Jones

    I keep saying it: the individual bishoprics are like gangs and the pope isn’t boss of bosses – he’s their Kellyanne Conway.

    The bishops run the church.

  • kaydenpat

    That’s my reaction. Let them duke it out amongst themselves. My only question is when will the Church stop protecting pedophiles.

  • Fucking never. All they care about is protecting their own.

  • Milo C

    I’m pleased we have reached an age of education and access to information where the leaders of the Church can conveniently show the world how petty and awful they have always been. I’ll be making popcorn for the next round.

  • Kevin K

    And me out of popcorn…

  • Mefistofele

    In Australia we are currently observing our Federal Government destroying itself by internal factional fighting, left-leaning vs centrist vs right-leaning and all vs everyone else. It’s wonderful to observe, as this appalling, corrupt and useless government (the leader is an evangelical christian, with zero morality) self-implodes spectacularly! Observers believe the political party will disappear completely at the next election. Let’s hope that the Catholic Church can achieve the same beneficial result for all humanity.

  • Bob Pattinson

    The bickering within and between the various Christian sects (and those of other religions) is proof sufficient that the whole God thing is man-made.

  • Raging Bee

    Either show your ability to belch John 3:16, or just give up.