One of the most famous nuns in recent history, both in the United States and world, passed away this past Sunday. Because of Mother Mary Angelica‘s creation of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and her twenty years of regular appearances on the same, her fame seems to have rivaled that of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Both lived long lives—Mother Teresa dying at 87 (1910-1997) and Mother Angelica at 92 (1923-2016)—and both inspired people around the world in different ways. Mother Teresa’s fame derived from her personal war on poverty in slums of India, but Mother Angelica’s notoriety derived from her televised defense of traditionalist Catholicism, beamed into living rooms during the Western world’s culture wars. Continue reading