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EWTN Audio Series

November 10, 2009

I have listened to various EWTN audio series over the last few years, most of which are excellent. I was subscribed to EWTN in iTunes and I would get which ever series was made available.

Currently I am listening to The History of the Catholic Church in the U.S. by Fr. Charles Connor. Maryland was the center of the Catholic population in the colonial days, and the Jesuits were the priests who served them. There were other scattered Catholics throughout the colonies, but many of them rarely or never heard Mass due to no priests. The Carroll family of Maryland was prominent in our country’s formation. Charles Carroll was the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. Sadly, as human nature often takes us, many of the Catholics of the new country got on the bandwagon of thumbing their noses at their European roots, and this even meant the Vatican. There were already rumblings of anti-Catholicism in the colonies, but they were mostly suppressed due to the patriotic nature of most of the Catholics during the time of the Revolution. But, in the first 50 or so years of the new country, many Catholics refused to be “ordered about” by Rome and the Pope. Finally, their disorderly conduct reached the Pope and he sent letters to the abusers and to the bishops, and the bishops began to take back control. One rogue priest, a Fr. Hogan, was excommunicated, and eventually he was forced from his parish. He took on a secular life, married twice and became a lawyer, and he started to bash the Catholic Church. So we have anti-Catholicism from outside the Church by those who don’t understand her, and we have anti-Catholicism from inside the Church by those who choose not to live a life according to the Church’s teachings. These people probably contributed greatly to the anti-Catholicism of the early 1900’s in the United States. (I will find out more as I continue to listen to this series.)

I finally found the location on EWTN’s website that has all of their audio series. There are over 200 of them with a wide range of Catholic topics. You can find the list of series on EWTN’s site under the Libraries – Audio Library menu. Either click on All Series or search on a keyword and listen! What a wonderful way to grow in your faith.

Here are a sampling of some of the topics

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rob permalink
    November 10, 2009 5:46 pm

    Is it correct that this is not the same Charles Connor, who along with possibly five other Jesuit clergy, sexually abused Jesuit employees who were mentally-challenged for as long as 20-years.

    • catholicwideweb permalink*
      November 10, 2009 10:48 pm

      Rob, this Fr. Connor was ordained in 1990, and is a diocesean priest in Scranton, PA. What are the specifics of the Fr Connor you are referring to? Connor is a very common name.

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