I have been an S+L fan for many yrs – I have subscribed to them and EWTN on Bell Expressvu. Sadly, EWTN is being cancelled by Bell (probably for some nefarious reason). (BTW, we are moving ALL our services away from Bell so we can continue to get EWTN)
I have been having increasing problems with S+L over the last while though. There was an open dispute with Lifesitenews a year ago. Sadly, Fr Rosica has decided to re-open that dispute by using The Toronto (Red) Star (see their “Atkinson Principles”) to attack what he called Taliban Catholics. To have The Star (pro-abortion, pro-SSM, etc) praise S+L is not a good sign in my books; it probably means that S+L has become to friendly with the world. Father Rosica seems quite proud of their support as you can see from the letter below.
In addition, S+L had a webcast this week with Fr Rosica and a Rabbi (great!) and an Imam. Given that Islam can’t even get basic facts straight on which son Abraham offered to the Father (they mistakenly believe it to be Ishmael and celebrate Eid around that belief), I doubt there is anything to be learned from them. The webcast looked like a VisionTV show!
As well, last yr before the G20 summit, they covered a World Religions Summit in Winnipeg and were most complimetary of Jim Wallis (of Sojourners, a George Soros backed organization)
http://blog.acton.org/archives/18232-jim-wallisgeorge-soros-update.html. When I pointed out the problems with Wallis, they continued to have no problems with him and put Wallis and Fr Sirico of the Acton Institute as two equally valid voices in the area of Catholic Economics!
I have loved many S+L documentaries and own several of their DVDs. I also realize the benefits of having a Catholic TV presence offering Daily Mass etc on TV.
However, my prudential judgement is that my family can no longer financially support them and I will be giving my money instead to LifesiteNews in order to help them defend themselves against “Father” Gravel. I realize that others may come to opposite decisions, but I thought I would share my reasoning and concerns
- Socon or Bust Reader
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