Many questions and issues have arisen in recent years that involve Catholicism and the practices of the Catholic Church. At the same time, worldwide attacks on Catholics, and the entire Christian religion, have increased steadily, fueled by a variety of people, liberal organizations, and democratic and dictatorial governments.
Christians have been attacked verbally and physically in Middle East nations, including, most recently, in Egypt, Syria and Libya. Many U.S. media outlets continue to provide unbalanced coverage of the Catholic Church’s teachings and beliefs. The president of the U.S. directly has confronted the Catholic Church by including contraception coverage that is against church teaching in the new health care law and declaring that it must be offered to employees of Catholic hospitals, schools and other institutions. At this time of year, arguments abound for the secular elimination of the greeting “Merry Christmas” and for the banning of the Nativity scene on public property.
What should Catholics do when they are confronted with these attacks on their religion? When a woman complains to a practicing Catholic that the church’s stance on abortion, homosexuality, or euthanasia is incorrect, how should a person respond? When a man makes fun of the Catholic religion, or mocks a religious practice, what is the correct reply? These and other questions are at the heart of an engaging new documentary, “Catholicism: The New Evangelization,” by Father Robert Barron that will be broadcast on EWTN.
Most Catholics have heard about “the New Evangelization” but few actually know what it means, how to follow it, or why it is critical to the Catholic faith. The answers desired and needed by Catholics will be discussed in this new program that premieres at 9:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, December 18. The program will encore at 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, December 21. To find the broadcast on a local cable or satellite system, click here.
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 32nd year, is available in more than 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.
Change Minds, Open Hearts, Make A Difference
"Catholicism: the New Evangelization" will bring viewers around the world in 90 minutes to meet many people who correctly are engaging an increasingly secular culture. These people are not confrontational nor providing responses that anger people. Rather, they are actually changing minds, opening hearts and making a difference.
Father Barron is associated with the Archdiocese of Chicago. His Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a non-profit organization that supports his evangelistic endeavors.
Word on Fire programs that feature Father Barron have been broadcast regularly on WGN America, EWTN, Relevant Radio and the Word on Fire YouTube Channel.