Heidi Schlumpf is NCR's national correspondent, based in Chicago. She has three decades of experience covering religion, spirituality, social justice and women's issues, and is the author/editor of three books, including Elizabeth A. Johnson: Questing for God (Liturgical Press, 2016). Schlumpf is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in theological studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. She and her husband are members of St. Gertrude Parish in Chicago.
The lead anchor and managing editor of EWTN's nightly news show has left the television network, according to a statement released by the network Thursday.
The feisty, habited nun emerged as a culture warrior in the mid-1990s, just as battle lines were being drawn in the church and broader U.S. culture. Her savvy business decisions and more than one showdown with a member of the hierarchy helped catapult EWTN into becoming a multimillion-dollar conglomerate.
After less than two decades on the air, EWTN claimed $49 million in assets and annual income from contributions of $19 million. Today, the financial support of its weathliest contributors correlates with the pro-Republican and anti-Francis editorial direction of the network's programming and news coverage.
A truly global media, EWTN has made strategic alliances in recent years, acquiring the National Catholic Register, which has become a vehicle for pronouncements and manifestos from church leaders on the right, and partnering with Sophia Institute Press, which regularly publishes books that aim to take down the current pope.