LA Expert Co-Anchors Catholic Version of The View

On Friday, March 11th, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will unveil a new program, The Catholic View for Women. Although patterned after the weekday, syndicated Barbara Walters-hosted namesake, this show has three female co-hosts rather than that program’s five.

Alongside broadcast journalist Teresa Tomeo and Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, will be Astrid Bennett Gutierrez (pictured), executive director of Los Angeles Pregnancy Services and a VP of Hispanics for Life and Human Rights. The UCLA grad majored in European studies.

EWTN programming is featured on DirecTV, DISH Network, and various regional outlets. The Friday 6:30 p.m. ET Catholic View introduction will be followed by five more monthly “pilot episodes” focused on a variety of themes including: radical feminism vs. new feminism (May 13th); contraception deception (July 8th); and women and the church through the centuries (August 12th).

The program’s mission statement is also a little different from the norm. Leading a list of stated show goals is “to reach Catholic women in the pews who are cafeteria Catholics, who have never been exposed to the fullness of the faith because of poor Catechesis.”

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.