You’re a progressive Catholic and you want to deepen your faith what do you do? Of course you can read Commonweal, America, and the New York Times to keep up – but sometimes you just want to kick back and be informed by watching TV. Sure there is much fare on TV that aligns with your world view, but don’t you want more? Have you ever stumbled upon on that 24 hour so-called Catholic network only to be shocked by women still shackled in religious garb, lack of inclusive language, and televised Masses partially in Latin, and a nun who dared to criticize our hero Cardinal Mahony? In his case we are totally against dissent. You know what station we mean and didn’t you just wish that we had our own station?
Well don’t wish any longer. We at Progressive Word Television Network (PWTN) are coming soon to a cable and satellite operation near you. We will offer the highest quality in progressive programming with a 24 hour dialogue hotline for show suggestions and improvements. Sound too good to be true? Well just check out our new line up.
Our flagship live call-in talk show with Sister Joan Chittister, OSB. She will have guests you love like Gary Wills, Father Richard McBrien, Sister Jeanine Grammick, and many more. In fact we also have so many Jesuits to choose from that we can book the show years in advance. You’ll love Earth Mother Joan’s teachings and conversations where she will channel the spirit of Vatican II live. Get great fashion tips on what goes best with earth tone pant suits, sensible shoes, and other polyester wear. You’ll laugh at her recurring gag soliciting funds to support the network “Please send your donation between your Planned Parenthood and Electric bill.”
On mondays at 8 PM on “The Journey from Rome” we will have a guest describe their conversion experience. Markus Growdie the host will interview those who have finally come to the conclusion that following some bookish celibate old guy from Rome in matters pertaining to the struggles of daily life is really wrong. The Journey from Rome delves into how the convert has come to their infallible decision that the Pope speaking on faith in morals is fallible. Conversion stories of many experiences are chronicled as some move from Protestantism to Catholicism and finally Catholic-Protestantism since we Catholics don’t have to follow the Pope or some of the the teachings of the Church either. The theme of the show is how to swim the Tiber without getting wet.
Wednesday’s at 10 PM tune in for “The Dark Night of the Saul” hosted by Notre Dame scholar Father Richard P. McBrien. This program explores how King Saul has been misunderstood and given a bum rap. King Saul was unjustly punished by the Lord for not waiting for Samuel to arrive and he offered the sacrifices himself, an act then prohibited. We can understand King Saul’s yearning for the priesthood and the fact that there was inequality in that those who were not from the Levitical tribe were banned from the priesthood. Father McBrien explains the modern parallels where women yearning to become priests are denied equality with the tribe of men. King Saul was really the Rosa Parks of priestly ordination. King Saul’s disobedience to the Lord was punished where instead he should have been celebrated for having followed his conscience and meaning well. King Saul also supported dialogue in that he was willing even to have the Witch of Endor call up the spirit of the prophet Samuel to dialogue with.
If you have ever been angered by Karl Keating, Jimmy Akin, and company misrepresenting the true Catholic faith with their smug answers taken from the so-called “teachings” of the Church you will love our new show “Heterodox Answers Live.”. Our panel includes experts on the Church from Public Television who conduct a roundtable discussion with Bishop Gumbleton and answer your phone calls. You’ll learn why Scripture, Apostolic Tradition, and the Church Fathers really didn’t mean what they wrote and how it is the modern mind that is more able to interpret their actual words. Bishop Gumbleton as progressive apologist offers arguments against false doctrines such as sola-magisterium where people actually expect a doctrine to have to be taught in magisterial documents. He also explains why Catholic devotions are not idol worship, but in fact just passe and just so pre-Vatican II. You will love his explanations in support of women’s ordination and homosexual sex with such memorable quotes as “homosexuals make love more humanely, largely because they are better able empathetically to feel what their partner is feeling.”
Daily Mass is held outside of our studios at Our Lady of the Snows retreat center where Mass is always relevant.
We at the Progressive Word Television Network are concerned with more than just your spiritual health, but also your physical heath.
With Dominican Sisters from across the United States we will have your sacred heart pumping as you walk around our home labyrinths or experience the relief from stress with the centering aspects of T’ai Chi Chih. Walking around and around until your dizzy in our labyrinths will make your mind even more attuned to the theology taught on PWTN.
Enneagram I Workshop with facilitator Marilyn Carpenter, OSB who has a BS from Regis College, Denver; an MA in Theology and Pastoral Ministry from St. Meinrad’s in Indiana; and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University-West. She is certified as a hospital chaplain by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She will lead you step by step to find which one of the nine personality types you belong to and to also help you with dream work and understanding the dream journey process.
Call to Action in coordination with Voice of the Faithful are currently working on developing a youth related show “Life off the Rock” Just as soon as they receive some members under forty or hire actors to play young progressive Catholics in love with their faith we will put the series into production. We are working on getting show teaching progressive Catholic sexual morality and hope to air “Sex in the City” soon. We are also currently working on creating our own radio network and just as soon as we can create some programming that isn’t redundant with NPR.
So please call your cable and satellite operation and request PWTN. We are confident that there is a demand for progressive Catholic programming and just know that you will be smart enough to choose us. When progressive Catholics have equal airtime we are confident people will rush to our intelligent and nuance arguments and we will be just as commercially successful as Air America. So for the best in progressive programming don’t forget PWTN!