“The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty.” — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
All American Catholics should watch this speech. Amoral “rule by experts” is a hallmark of the American empire, whether we are talking about pandemics and lockdowns, homosexual marriage and transgenderism, or militarism and warmaking.
My own letter will be accompanied with the following statement:
Dear Bishop Brennan,
You strike me as a good person. I don’t question your faith or your intelligence, but you have allowed the spiritual starvation of your flock & even encouraged it well ahead of any health authorities’ orders (not laws). You took your advice from Caesar, not Jesus.
As we face the almost inevitable recurrence of another lockdown because of rising “cases”, not deaths, where do you stand, Bishop? Are you ready to apologize for locking our churches, denying us the sacraments, & starving your flock of the source & summit of our faith – Our Eucharistic Lord? Are you ready to show some courage & true leadership as the apostles did & to say “Never again” to our churches closing, “Never again” to government officials saying religious services & Christ are non-essential?
The supreme law of the Church is the salvation of souls, not fear of death or a virus.
When my family & I see some saintly courage coming from our bishops & priests, then we will reconsider the possibility of donations. Until such time, consider this: “The laborer deserves his keep.” MT 10:10 NAB
Our Socratic forbears taught us through their “Seeds of the Logos” that the reasoning man does not have to be an expert in a given field to be able to make a competent judgment regarding whether he is dealing with leaders whose advice he should heed or reject as fraudulent. Frauds demand absolute faith in their claims, treating the confused doubter with contempt for his invincible ignorance. Such imposters may seriously believe that they are omniscient experts. But when they tell young or otherwise healthy persons that they are in the same condition as the weakest of the elderly or the already ill; when they say that in order to protect itself the vast mass of the population has to abandon its livelihood, the well-being of its country, the cultural life of its civilization, and the tools required for its eternal salvation they must be dismissed for what they actually are: quacks.
So grateful to The Remnant for publishing this excellent article on the Coronavirus “crisis.” These are the questions we should be asking. Thank you to Christopher Ferrara for writing it. What he has to say at the end is, in my opinion, SPOT ON:
Finally, to the readers of this newspaper I address this plea: How long will good Catholics allow themselves to be herded like sheep in whatever direction lying demagogues tell them to move? When will we learn to presume that the truth will almost invariably be precisely the opposite of what these liars tell us? In the midst of this panic, we are indeed facing a test of our courage. Not courage in facing down a virus, but rather courage to declare a resounding nay to the propaganda of the Ministry of Truth in a post-Christian world that is fast becoming a complete realization of Orwell’s Oceania.