BY ED WEST
A SENIOR US cardinal has criticised Mother Angelica, the foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network, accusing her of misunderstanding the structure of the Church.
Cardinal John Foley, former president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, told L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, that he had doubts about the 85-yearold nun's "ecclesiology".
"When she wanted to start an international radio network here in Rome, I was sent from the Secretary of State to see her and I said, 'Why do you want to begin this?' and she said 'God told me' ," he said.
"And I said, 'When we think we have a revelation from God it is usually good to go through a process of discernment and because I have been sent by legitimate authority in the Church you can consider me part of that process.— But the cardinal related how Mother Angelica told him that "only God himself or the Pope himself can tell me what to do, no cardinal or bishop can tell me what to do".
He added: "I had to talk to her about having programmes about Medjugorje because Medjugorje is not approved and at that time she was taking it as 'Our Lord said at Medjugorje' — well, we don't know. So nuance is not a great part of her appeal there, but there is no doubt that she has done a lot of good."