Like many who entered the Catholic Church in the 2000s, EWTN was a big help to me, even if I never really had access to the network where I lived. That used to bug Marcus Grodi that I had to watch EWTN on old video tapes since I lived in an area without it. Nonetheless, I could visit the website and there was plenty of good things for someone trying to grope about for understanding Catholicism. And sometimes I might catch an episode here or there. Once on vacation, I saw Scott Hahn unpack the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a way that made sense to my Evangelical ears.
That's not to say I was in love with the network. Even in the day it seemed a bit 'corporaty' for my sensitivities, like a vast corporation rather than a ministry. When we at CHNI went to the big memorial to Mother Angelica I was both impressed and a little squeamish. Nonetheless, I felt the good far outweighed the bad.
Which goes to show I would make a miserable Leftist. For the Left, there is no outweighing the bad of rejecting sacred doctrines of the Leftist State. You conform or else. I have no doubt that EWTN has, like the Jesuits, changed over the years. It is likely too Trump friendly for my taste, and perhaps focuses an inordinate amount of time criticizing Pope Francis. Again, I don't know since it isn't available here, and I don't have cable anyway.
Nonetheless, any support of Trump or any criticism of Pope Francis would incur the merciless and unyielding wrath of those left of center. After all, it isn't just theology, sexuality, gender, bigotry, ideas of no personal responsibility, affronts to common sense and discrimination that the Left is peddling. It's also helping us understand how unfair and prone to abuse such ideas as equality, forgiveness, looking beyond the past and reconciliation have been over the years. So if you're on the Left, no need to reach out to understand or engage in some attempt at reconciling those who dissent from Leftwing conformity. You go straight to executing the guilty verdict.
So there is now a petition to get the Catholic bishops in the US to renounce EWTN and forbid any use of materials from the network. You can look at the petition here, which has 10,000 signatures apparently.
Will this do anything? I don't know. Most Catholics probably don't know much about it one way or another. It's just symptomatic of the times. These pushing the petition will likely be those coming after their fellow believers when the time comes. They have made it clear if you don't get on the good ship Liberal, then they will gladly join the Left in punishing you to the fullest extent that they can, your relationship to Jesus or the Faith being of no consequence.