Catholic radio hits more airwaves

Catholic radio didn’t save Chris Giles’ life, but it may have helped save his soul, he said.

“A few years back I was inspired by the Holy Spirit to give up secular radio for Lent,” Giles shared. He turned off sports talk radio, and hasn’t turned back after listening to the Catholic Radio Network.

“I find I’ve now completely switched over,” said Giles, a parishioner of St. Louis Church in Louisville. “Catholicism is the greatest intellectual endeavor one could hope to undertake … Catholic radio has shown me there’s so much more to being a Catholic than sitting in the pews on Sunday, and I will never be the same.”

Testimonies on the impact of the local Catholic radio station KRCN 1060 have poured into Doug Moberg’s mailbox. As director of development and community relations, Moberg said he helped save the station from closing its doors. He credits the Holy Spirit and donor support for its survival.

Catholic Radio Network then moved from the old KPIO 1570 and now airs on KRCN 1060. The more powerful signal spans beyond the Fort Collins-Greeley area and reaches south past the Denver metro area, Moberg said.

“Without our people supporting the station, we would not be where we are today,” he said.

The station airs EWTN programming, which can be heard on radios across the Front Range and online. In April, KRCN also began to livestream from its website to reach online listeners. Smartphone users can access the station via the Catholic Radio Network application in iTunes.

“The word is getting out there,” Moberg said.

With easier access and expanded reach, he said the station’s goal is to share the truths of the faith with more people.

“It’s teaching the truth and traditions of the Catholic Church,” he said of the station.

As a convert himself, Moberg said he found the station answered his questions about the faith, such as Catholic beliefs on Mary and praying to the saints.

Many non-Catholics—as much as 50 percent—will listen to Catholic radio out of curiosity. Another 25 percent of listeners are fallen-away Catholics, he said, based on national Catholic radio statistics.

The radio station helped lead John Beutler back to the faith. He said he learned more about Catholicism through the airwaves than during his upbringing.

“When I discovered Catholic radio about six years ago, I was hooked,” he said. “I think I’ve learned more about my faith in the past six years listening to Catholic radio than I did in the prior 41 years.”

Beutler said he listens to EWTN’s shows including “Catholic Answers Live,” “The Journey Home” and “Mornings with Mother.” Mother Angelica.

Now he often attends Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Broomfield for daily Mass.

All of EWTN’s shows air on KRCN and include local pledge drives. This June, Archbishop Samuel Aquila will show his support by coming onto the station.Luis Soto, director of Centro San Juan Diego, talks with host Kelly Roper during a special pledge drive on Catholic Radio Network.

“I pray the effect of sharing such good news will bring renewed vitality to those who have either been away from the Church or are unaware of the beauty of our faith,” the archbishop wrote in May last year.

Some listeners agree saying the station has drawn their family closer together.

“I love listening to Catholic radio on my commutes to and from work, while picking up the kids from school and driving them to activities,” shared Heather Kenney, who attend Our Lady of the Valley Church in Windsor. “It helps unify our family and open up lines of discussion about our faith. I love Catholic Radio, (and) will continue to pray that the Gospel is heard and spread over the airwaves.”

 

Catholic Radio Network KRCN 1060
www.krcnradio.com

Karna Swanson, executive director of the Office of Communications, rings a bell during a KRCN pledge drive to support the Catholic radio station.

COMING UP: Colorado bishops issue letter on the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life Congressional policies

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We, the Catholic bishops of Colorado, urge Congressional Representatives to support the Hyde Amendment and the Walden Amendment. We also ask the Faithful to sign The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) petition to lawmakers encouraging them to preserve the Hyde Amendment, which can be accessed at: NoTaxpayerAbortion.com, and to contact their Congressmen and women to support the Hyde and Walden amendments.

The House Appropriations Labor and Health and Human Services subcommittee recently passed a spending bill that strips protections for pre-born children, healthcare providers,and American taxpayers by excluding pro-life provisions, including the Hyde and Weldon amendments.

The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion in most cases, except for rape and incest, has received bipartisan support since its inception in 1976 – including by pro-abortion administrations. Hyde is critical in saving lives. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that approximately 60,000 pre-born babies are saved every year because of the Hyde Amendment.[1] This is the first time in 40 years that the Hyde Amendment was not included in the annual appropriations bill[2] and failure to include pro-life amendments will only further increase divisions in our country.

The Weldon Amendment prevents any federal programs, agencies, and state and local governments from discriminating against health care practitioners and institutions that do not provide abortion services. It ensures that pro-life individuals and organizations can enter the health care profession without fearing that the government will force them to perform a procedure that violates their well-founded convictions. It has also received bipartisan support and was added to the appropriations bill every year since it was first enacted in 2005. [3]

Congress’ recent actions endanger the lives of pre-born children and infringe on the rights of millions of Americans who do not wish to participate in the moral evil of abortion. A recent Knights of Columbus/Marist poll found that 58 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions[4] and a 2019 Gallup poll shows that 60 percent of Americans think abortion should either be illegal or only legal in a few circumstances.[5]

The government should neither use taxpayer funds for the killing of pre-born children nor compel medical practitioners and institutions to violate their well-founded convictions. Congress must uphold these long-standing, common-sense bipartisan policies that promote a culture of life in our nation.

Human reason and science affirm that human life begins at conception. The Church objects to abortion on the moral principle that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with respect due to every human person. There has never been and never will be a legitimate need to abort a baby in the womb.

It is critical that Congress continue its long-history of supporting policies such as the Hyde and Walden amendments, and that all Colorado Catholics and people of good will make their voice heard in supporting these life-affirming policies.

Sign the petition to Congress here: www.NoTaxpayerAbortion.com

Contact your Congressional Representatives here: https://cocatholicconference.org/news/

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of Denver

Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo

Most Reverend James R. Golka
Bishop of Colorado Springs

Most Reverend Jorge Rodriguez
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver