EWTN is one of the largest independent Catholic networks. Being independent, there is no Church oversite to their programing. Many have found their offerings very valuable, especially the Mass, the rosary and other prayer experiences. There are many good things about the network. However, over the past few years they have been giving a public platform to individuals who are very critical and even disrespectful to our Pope. One former EWTN Commentator recently wrote:
Every person with any influence whatsoever must pause and seriously consider how they have spoken about the Vicar of Jesus Christ. Do our words foment hatred and mistrust for the Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Church? Can we throw mud on the Vicar of Christ and expect the Bride of Christ not to catch any of the splatter? Speaking ill of the papal office harms the Church. The Holy Father is not a random dude from Anytown, USA. Pope Francis, Successor to the Prince of the Apostles, is the chief guardian of the Catholic faith.
If you are a EWTN viewer, I would urge you to register a complaint with the network when you see someone disrespecting the pope and therefore harming the Church. Viewers like you may be able to help the network refocus on what is good and helpful and cut out programing that damages our faith. Always watch with a critical eye. Not everything on EWTN mirrors the teaching of our Catholic faith.