Monday, April 21, 2008


I have been watching the Papal visit to the US on EWTN, I have to admit, I haven't enjoyed it much in the past: it might my own prejudice or it could be their excessive defference to clergy which I find irksome, or just my lack of appreciation of the American Way, here, of broadcasting. It is a little bit of a culture shock, but I began enjoying it, even the Tom and Gerry act of Neuhauss and Arroya. I can't afford it on television but on the computer...

At the moment I am listening to some Bishop at Prayer Breakfast, speaking very eloquently about Pope Benedict's theolgy. They have Mass during the day, celebrated quite beautifully. I can only get it at 100k.

So how to get it yourself, people always ask for detailed instructions,

so click here

go to "Television"

go to click "live television - English"

on the pop-up click "US Media"

then choose the definition your computing apparatus can cope with, the larger the better.

I am going to put the link in the side bar.


Volpius Leonius said...

I don't think that it is you who has changed Father but rather EWTN itself has changed.

I used to hate it and so would never watch it, it didn't seem very Catholic to me it had more of a liberal evangelical protestant and "spirit of Vatican II" feel to it, that has diminished quite a bit recently in my opinion.

Ma Tucker said...

Volpius really ?

I have been watching it for the last 8moths - granted I'm a novice. I think it is absolutely brilliant. Fr Rutter in the City.
Fr O'Conor on heresies.
FrK Byrne on Divine Wisdom - although the singers at the end are a little straaaaange and I'm not sure about the bedroom slippers.

The best I think is Father "ya see" Dubay of "beauty coming alive" fame. He never has enough time to tell you the things he will tell you next time because he's always promising to tell you and runs out of time to say very much at all. Ya see. However, when you do get glimpses of his mind it is so wonderful you cannot but adore this man. I used to threaten my TV image with strangelation for the incessant dithering but now I smile winsomely and praise God for my Fr Thomas Dubay.

Reflections of hell and damnation with the formidable Leo Clifford are like a sharp cold shower in the morning. Also quite good.

Its all I watch now.

Anonymous said...

Once again I am grateful to you, Father, for putting the link onto EWTN. I tried at first at 100k, then risked 300k which was fine but did not dare go to 500k as had visions of the computer exploding!

It has been a memorable few days being able to watch the events live like this. I love your comments on Tom and Jerry! I eventually found them quite entertaining and they both have the gift of the gab. Today I laughed out loud when watching the video of the departure ceremony. The Vatican anthem was played and it was atrocious. Fr Neuhaus commented that he was 'not sure that that was the best arrangement' an understatement if ever there was one! But his criticism was so veiled. I quite warmed to his comments.

What I did find difficult was accepting that Catholics can speak with an American accent!! I associated the accents with television evangelists like Billy Graham which was the only time we used to hear them refer to 'Gaaaard' a la Charlton Heston.

Yes the American way of presenting such events seems strange to us British but EWTN must be congratulated on bringing the visit of the Pope into the living rooms around the world.

Volpius Leonius said...

It has been improving gradually for the last 2 or 3 years but for a few years previous to that it was pretty bad there seemed to be a lot of liberal priests attached to it.

Anonymous said...

I have nothing by praise for EWTN. Yes, some the language and style sounds strange to our rarified English ears. But when you consider what has been achieved by the efforts and prayers of the great Mother Angelica (who was 85 yesterday), it's a work of the Holy Spirit - and much praised by the late Holy Father.

It is very much appreciated by many orthodox American bishops and somewhat derided by the liberals in the episcopcay - so it can't be bad.

Ad multos annos, Mother Angelica!

leutgeb said...

I've very much enjoyed watching the Papal Visit on EWTN. The fact that it is so enthusiastic is great after any exposure to our national broadcaster.

'From the touchdown of Shepherd 1 ...' great.

I too watch online at 100k. The quality is not fantstic, but it is free and you could watch everything pretty well uninterrupted.

So, Thank you EWTN.

gemoftheocean said...

Well, I have to say I don't much watch ewtn, because for 24/7 ewtn it's an extra you have to pay for (although some of the stuff in the wee small hours of the morning is carried gratis) - I do like the Mass they have, very nicely done. But as for the Neuhaus and Arroyo I really wanted to give 'em a good whack with a rolled up newspaper just on general principle. So I don't necessarily think that's a "culture" thing on your part! [I just saw those turkeys on the website coverage, so they're "new" to me.]

Anonymous said...

Father, if you have a TV you can get EWTN on SKY for a one-off payment of £67.50. With this you get a range of other free channels on SKY. (You get most of the channels available with the usual Freeview Digital Service, as well as some extra ones like CNN, which is nice to have).

What you need is a "SKY Pay Once Watch Forever" Pack. It retails at £75 usually, but you can buy it online from Dixons, with a 10% discount. To do this go to: Keep clicking the "Continue" button, and you will find a box after about 3 clicks asking if you have a discount code. Put SKY10 in the discount code box and press "Update" and you get the 10% discount.

You will receive the "SKY Pay Once Watch Forever" Pack in the post. There is little in it, apart from a telephone number for SKY with a reference number. I bought one just before Easter and installation was about 3 days after I phoned SKY. The SKY man comes with the SKY dish and box (which goes by your TV) and sets it up for you. It is totally straightforward. You can enjoy SKY, with nothing else to pay.

If cost is still a problem, but you would like to see EWTN on SKY, let me know. Enjoy it!

Fr Ray Blake said...

Thank you Dominic but I like to pretend I don't watch tv.

Anonymous said...

I have been watching EWTN via my computer for a few years now and like any TV channel I don't like everything but on the whole I think it is wonderful. I particularly like The Journey Home in which converts to the Catholic Faith tell what drew them to the Church, EWTN Live with Fr Mitch Pacwa who always has interesting guests to interview and of particular interest was Fr Robert Spitzer's programme Healing the Culture in which he explained how the definition of person was changed to permit legal abortion in the United States.

I quite like the banter between Fr Nauhaus and Raymond Arroyo and found the coverage of the papal visit very interesting.

Volpius, which programmes would you call as having "a liberal evangelical protestant and 'spirit of Vatican II feel to it?

Volpius Leonius said...

Like I said sharon that was a few years ago, I hardly ever watch it now and when I do it seems much better.

There was actually a book written about it by some American fellow a few years ago who felt the same way I did.

Anonymous said...

After having referred earlier to Charlton Heston's accent, I was somewhat perturbed today to read on the blog of an American Monsignor the following:

He believes 'that the true voice of God must sound an awful lot like Charlton Heston.' Oh dear !!!

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