“We as believers should be turning to the dignity of the human person and teach what the church says about racism.”
Gloria Purvis, who was told after the Dec. 30 broadcast of the EWTN radio show “Morning Glory” that the show was canceled effective immediately, said she has no regrets using the show to discuss racial matters following the police killing of George Floyd last May.
“I will never, ever, ever have regrets for shining the light of the Gospel on a situation that was surrounded by darkness,” Purvis told Catholic News Service in a Dec. 31 phone interview.
Purvis, along with her co-host, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, are Black.
In late June, EWTN’s largest affiliate, the Guadalupe Radio Network, pulled “Morning Glory” from its stations, and the show never returned.
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“If I say that I believe in the Gospel, I just don’t feel I can regret being faithful to him by spreading his truth in something that’s a national conversation that seems to be rooted in the Gospel,” Purvis said, “and they always are made as mere political issues when we as believers should be turning to the dignity of the human person and teach what the church says about racism.”
Purvis said when she was given word of the cancellation by Jack Williams, EWTN Radio’s general manager, she was given no reason — nor, she added, had she ever been given any indication that things were amiss or that the show’s performance was not up to expectations. In fact, according to Purvis, “that was the first time I talked to Jack — or Jack talked to me — in months.”
Catholic News Service tried unsuccessfully to reach officials of EWTN.