Catholics Respond to Church Closings

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The following is from Mike McGonagle. A PDF file has been attached to the post if you wish to read more.

Dear Pro-Life Friends:

I welcome your review of the attached article that offers proposed actions by the Philadelphia area Catholics in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  I propose to send this article to identified pro-life citizens and Catholic, pro-life and some secular media outlets.

I am also including a critical examination, by German Bishop Athanasius Schneider, as published on March 20, 2020, by Life Site News, of the denial of the Mass and the Eucharist and the overall response of civil governments to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

“Millions of Catholics in the so-called free Western world will, in the coming weeks or even months, and especially during Holy Week and Easter, the culmination of the entire liturgical year, be deprived of any public acts of worship due to both civic and ecclesiastical reaction to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The most painful and distressing of these is the deprivation of Holy Mass and sacramental Holy Communion.

 

“The current atmosphere of an almost planetary panic is continuously fueled by the universally proclaimed “dogma” of the new coronavirus pandemic.  The drastic and disproportionate security measures with the denial of fundamental human rights of freedom of movement, freedom of assembly, and freedom of opinion appear almost globally orchestrated along a precise plan.  Thus, the entire human race becomes a kind of prisoner of a world “sanitary dictatorship,” which for its part also reveals itself as a political dictatorship.

 

“An important side-effect of this new “sanitary dictatorship” that is spreading throughout the world is the growing and uncompromising ban on all forms of public worship.  Beginning on March 16, 2020, the German government issued a ban on all forms of public religious gatherings for all religions.  Such a drastic measure of strict prohibition of all forms of public worship was unimaginable even during the Third Reich.”


Thank you,

Mike McMonagle
President
Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania
215-393-3610

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