Throwback Thursday: Mother Angelica, conservative Catholic icon, dies at 92

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on March 28, 2016 and has been revised.


Catholic apologists love to point to the wide diversity within Protestantism with its large number of denominations and a growing number of non-denominational churches. But while evangelical Christians might disagree on many secondary and tertiary doctrinal issues, we are united in our belief in the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Regrettably, many of the old, mainline Protestant denominations slipped into apostasy long ago.

Catholicism likes to present itself as the “one true church,” united in faith behind the pope, but the reality is actually quite different. Catholic belief ranges the full spectrum, from the super-progressive to the ultra-conservative, with hundreds of millions of nominal members in-between. The vast majority of Catholics (76%) do not attend mandatory weekly mass or yearly confession.

Speaking of Catholic conservatives, I see that Mother Mary Angelica, aka Rita Rizzo (photo above) passed away yesterday (March 27, 2016), Easter Sunday, at the age of 92. She was the driving force in the creation of the EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) Catholic media conglomerate. Her pithy, no-nonsense commentary attracted a devoted following among conservative and traditionalist Catholics. There is little doubt that her admirers will soon be petitioning the church hierarchy to begin the canonization process to elevate Mother Angelica to sainthood.

Many uninformed evangelical Christians might take a quick look at the life of Mother Angelica and conclude, “Of course this woman was a devoted Christian. Despite her quirky and unbiblical Catholic distinctives, she obviously loved the Lord and devoted her entire life to Him.”

Regrettably, the “gospel” taught by Mother Angelica was NOT the genuine Good News! Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. She believed, like all Catholics who are faithful to their church’s teachings, that salvation is by baptism and by participating in the church’s other sacraments and by obeying the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and church rules. She had an especially strong “devotion” to Mary and believed that Mary’s intercession was vital to salvation. Most people will remember her for leading the praying of the rosary to Mary, still re-broadcast daily on EWTN. However, Mother Angelica also supported her church’s dichotomous teaching that people of all religious “faiths” could be saved if they “followed the light they were given” and “lived good, upright lives.”

Through her media empire, Mother Angelica led many away from the genuine Gospel to a false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. Catholics are being misled from following the narrow way of Jesus Christ as the only hope of salvation and have, instead, been taught a wide-is-the-way religion which mentions God, Jesus, “faith,” and “grace,” but is actually one of the false, works-righteousness religions going back to Cain.

2020 Postscript: The EWTN conglomerate has emerged as one of the leaders of conservative Catholic opposition to pope Francis and his progressive reforms. Francis will definitely NOT be amenable to efforts to canonize Mother Angelica.

27 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Mother Angelica, conservative Catholic icon, dies at 92

  1. Responding to your comment: Wow you start on January 11th! Praise God! Hope we will still see you on here on the blog lol. Crazy that you had to drive so far and through a storm. HOpe you are now warm and at home!

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    1. Thanks for all of your prayers! It was a long 15 months. Yup, I think my blogging output is definitely going to take a hit! 😕

      It was so nice to get back home. The drive home was much safer because the roads had all been plowed and salted by that time.
      The blood lab is in Auburn. I had always wanted to go there because William Seward’s home is there. Seward was Lincoln’s sec.of state and was wounded as part of the assassination plot against Lincoln. Seward also arranged the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7 million. Not a bad investment! I’m going to create a post with photos of the house and a blurb on Seward.

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    1. RE: uber nun

      Good one. Her passionate propagation of the RCC’s false gospel reminds me of a few of the nun teachers I had in grammar school.

      RE: cute nun

      As I was preparing this Throwback Thursday post for re-publication, I was mindful that most evangelicals these days would find it distasteful.

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      1. I think back to those days through the lens of the Gospel and I’m struck now by how cultish the institution of nuns and convents is. Most evangelicals are unfazed because nuns have been part of the social-religious woodwork for centuries.

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      2. If another theological group started having an institution like nuns and monks Evangelicals would freak out and say legalistic; but with Rome’s long history suddenly its ok, sad…

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    1. So true, Crissy. Most evangelicals would unwittingly view Mother Angelica as a sweet, old woman who tried to preach the “gospel” as she understood it. In actuality, what Mother Angelica preached was from the pit of hell.

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      1. People were/are attracted to her smarmy know-it-all-ness masquerading as wisdom. Her pseudo-Christian false gospel was/is Satanic.


  2. I sometimes wonder how many potential Christians have felt repelled from the faith altogether due to the vocal angry-God-condemnation brand of the religion, perhaps which resembles the God of the Quran and Torah?

    Biblical interpretations aside, perhaps God didn’t require the immense bodily suffering by God’s own incarnation in place of that sustained by a sinful humankind as justice/payment for all sin.

    Might God have become pacifistically turn-the-other-cheek incarnate, performed numerous unmistakable miracles before experiencing a brutal death, followed by his resurrection—all to prove there really was hope for all?

    I ask myself whether Jesus may not have died FOR humans as payment for our sins (the greatest mostly resulting from unchecked testosterone rushes), but rather his vicious murder occurred BECAUSE of humans’ seriously flawed nature; and due to his not behaving in accordance to corrupted human conduct, particularly he was nowhere near to being the blood-thirsty vengeful behemoth so many wanted or needed—and so many Christians still do to this day—their savior to be and therefore believed he’d have to be?

    I personally imagine Jesus as being one who’d enjoy a belly-shaking laugh over a good, albeit clean, joke with his disciples, rather than always being the stoically serious type of saviour. Imagine a creator who has a good sense of humour rather than a loose mean streak!

    Our collective human need for retributive ‘justice’—regardless of Christ (and great spiritual leaders) having emphasized unconditional forgiveness—may be intrinsically linked to the same unfortunate morally-flawed aspect of humankind that enables the most horrible acts of violent cruelty to readily occur on this planet.

    Could monotheists be creating their God’s nature in their own angry, vengeful image?

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    1. RE: “I personally imagine…”
      Your musings have zero authority. Have you ever read the New Testament? Jesus Christ and Apostle Paul referred to judgement and hell quite a bit.

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