PopeWatch: Morning’s Minion

Well this is amusing.  From Lifesite News:


 Papal confidante Father Antonio Spadaro retweeted a call for EWTN to be severely censured “until they get rid of Raymond Arroyo.”

The call for an “interdict” to be imposed on the Catholic media empire started by Mother Angelica came from Anthony Annett, Assistant to the Director at the International Monetary Fund’s Communications Department.


An interdict is essentially one step short of excommunication. It bans a person or people from accessing most Church Sacraments.

“A person who uses physical force against the Roman Pontiff incurs a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See; if he is a cleric, another penalty, not excluding dismissal from the clerical state, can be added according to the gravity of the delict,” according to the Code of Canon Law (Canon 1370). “A person who does this against a bishop incurs a latae sententiae interdict and, if he is a cleric, also a latae sententiae suspension.”

Catholic Culture’s dictionary explains that an interdict is

A censure forbidding the faithful, while still remaining in communion with the Church, the use of certain sacred privileges, such as Christian burial, some of the sacraments, and attendance at liturgical services. It does not exclude from Church membership, nor does it necessarily imply a personal fault of any individual affected by the interdict. When imposed for a fixed period, it is a vindictive penalty because of some grave act done against the common good of the Church by one or more parishes. Usual religious services are curtailed, but sacraments may be given to the dying, marriages celebrated, and Holy Communion administered if the interdict is general or local (not personal). A general interdict may be inflicted only by the Holy See. Parishes or persons may be interdicted only by the local ordinary.

Annett called for an interdict to be imposed on EWTN because of a February 15 World Over segment.

“Make no mistake,” tweeted Annett, the show’s discussion of a recent Spadaro speech and ultra-liberal Cardinal Blase Cupich “represent ‘total war’ on the papacy of Pope Francis.”


Arroyo was a close friend of Mother Angelica. He is the author of numerous books. As confusion has mounted during Pope Francis’ reign, his signature show, The World Over, has analyzed troubling developments in the Church. Arroyo often does this with the help of Father Gerald Murray and Robert Royal (the “papal posse”).

Spadaro, a Jesuit who is often called the pope’s “mouthpiece,” frequently criticizes critics of Amoris Laetitia’s ambiguity or the Francis pontificate. He is the editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica.


Go here to read the rest.  Tony Annett used to blog under the name of Morning’s Minion.  In the early days of the blog he commented frequently, and PopeWatch often crossed swords with him here and at his home blog Vox Nova and on various other blogs.  His politics would be to the left of the late Senator Kennedy, although he was not totally without a sense of humor.  Less funny was his constant carrying water for the Democrat Party.  That he is taken seriously by someone close to the Pope at the Vatican tells you all you need to know about the current state of the Church.


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  1. To suggest that a faithful Catholic like Raymond Arroyo should be denied any sacrament because of the thin skin and hurt feelings of folks who can’t win an argument through the force of logic is diabolical. The sacraments aren’t weapons to be used in political battles. The hypocrisy from these folks truly knows no bounds. Merciful indeed! God Bless Raymond.

  2. Why stop at Raymond Arroyo? What about his panelists, such as Robert Royal and Fr. Gerald Murray? Fr. Murray has been particularly vocal.

  3. Classic Alinsky & Clinton tactics played by who other than our Vatican & their minions. Isn’t that to be expected. They are incapable truth. Arroyo is defending the Church teaching. Annette, having no clue what Church teaching is, takes his defense as an offensive attack on PF. Next we’ll hear that Raymond is “hateful racist” or some other catchy “liddle” label the loony left likes to lark.

  4. Beloved Arroyo need not worry or weep – FrancisMercy trumps all sin, even the sin of questioning heretics. Even Raymond get FrancisMercy, along with Chilean abusers, and all the priest and bishop pederasts and pedophiles. Raymond can go into his own internal forum, fine tune it to hear God’s voice saying “Damn this Bergoglio and his effeminates, and his perverse homocabal to Hell, My Hell, i.e. forever,” and then, having found a priest to back him up, keep on keeping on in doing what he has been doing. And Spadaro et al MUST-accd to Jorge B-integrate Raymond into the ongoing life of his parish and his diocese and Holy Mother Church. Considering the circumstances, and os as not to offend Raymond, this should include a daily news show on Vatican Radio. Guy Mcclung, Texas

  5. I had the impression he had some sort of Eurotrash professional job, but I had no idea he was a PR apparatchik. Blogging, and doing so under a pseudonym when he was instructed to close down his Beliefnet column, was what got Rod Dreher axed from the Templeton Foundation. Interesting what deal Morning’s Minion has with his employer.

    Haven’t looked at Vox Nova in an age. Seemed to me the contributors all had some sort of association with the theological academy or the habit of being supercilious twerps in imitation of those associated with the theological academy. Morning’s Minion was a big booster of Obamacare, whose achievement to date has been to incrementally destroy the market for household medical insurance.

  6. “How about Cardinal Mueller?”

    How about him? The time for Cardinal Hamlet to speak out has long past. Whatever he’s saying now is just for posterity.

  7. This certainly puts a new spin on discernment and accompaniment. Doesn’t this contradict the pastoral approach to D&R that the progressives advocate in regard to Amoris Laetitia?

  8. Bulletin to Tony Annett: That’s not the way we do things in freedom of speech U.S.A. Take your censorship act to, say, Argentina?

  9. yet, I suppose he sees no such need for anything to be done about prominent Catholic personalities who champion abortion rights, or gay marriage!

    The sickness of the church, present for a while, but apparent to only too few people for so long, has now become a glaring reality to so many. People like Mr. Arroyo will soon have to chose between being Catholic or being new church.

  10. Bulletin to Tony Annett: That’s not the way we do things in freedom of speech U.S.A. Take your censorship act to, say, Argentina?

    You’re conflating elements of the political order with the disciplinary practices of the Church. BTW, Argentina hasn’t practiced press censorship in about 35 years.

  11. Now, maybe, just maybe, those deniers that something is very rotten in Rome might wake up because heir beloved EWTN is being attacked.

  12. Some in Rome may find, if they choose to press the issue, that EWTN in general, and Mr. Arroyo in particular, is more powerful than they think.

  13. I think you misread. He evidently works in the pr apparat at the IMF. Were he a papal adviser…well, it could be worse. I have expect to open a newspaper and discover that Sister Boom-Boom is now part of the pope’s brain trust.

  14. Should anyone really be surprised that the leftist
    Argentinian would go after Mr. Arroyo and EWTN.
    The corrupt clergy has been trying to shut down
    EWTN for years. Then there is the case of the
    Argentinian throwing faithful Chinese Catholics to
    the wolves. I wonder if he was wearing his commie
    crucifix when he handed authority over the Chinese
    Church to the commies

  15. Wanting to shut down EWTN…..sounds a lot like Roger Mahony in the 1990s in his little snit with Mother Angelica, God rest her soul. The good Mother would not mince words with Papa Jorge or the likes of Cupich.

    The current Pontiff treads a line between being a caudillo and having dementia.

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