Catholic Church: Why the Scandalous Compliance in Covid-19 “Crisis”?

One of the most shocking aspects of the Covid-19 lockdown, with its serious restrictions on personal freedoms, both civil and religious, is the way in which the Church has co-operated – from the Pope down. No questions asked, simply uncritical obedience, of the kind not even expected of religious men and women in monasteries.  The language of docility is writ large on Catholic diocesan, and even traditional, websites.

Priests are embracing the Government restrictions, even as we are “permitted” to return to Mass.   Thus we see limits on the numbers allowed to attend, the use of hand sanitizers, etc. 

The traditional Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) – certainly in Edinburgh – is going along, hook, line and sinker, with Government policy: everyone but the priest  has to wear a face mask, Mass will be shorter, people must book for Mass because only 40 permitted etc.  Click here to read the entire scandalous nonsense.  Informed Catholics are increasingly scandalised at the co-operation (for which read “complicity) of Churchmen in this fabricated crisis…

Email…

One reader emailed as follows a day or so ago…

…Anyway, my question relates to the ‘official’ line taken by the SSPX in regard to the crisis in general.  An acquaintance has stated that  they were told ‘…it’s not a persecution, nothing to do with Fatima and the general advice was to just do what the Govt says and wait for everything to go back to normal…’.  Now, do the SSPX honestly and truly believe that?  Surely not.  No-one else seems to, so why should they.  Do their sermons ever mention anything along these lines, and is anything said in general conversations with the faithful; assuming they do actually talk to people.  I don’t know anyone attending a Society Mass Centre at present so I can’t ask anyone else.

In another email, a reader commented that her Society priest rubbished the idea of any connection with Fatima, opined that it was irresponsible to promote that idea and that queuing at supermarkets was no big deal – a small inconvenience.  Maybe for him with nothing much to do but out here in the big wide world it is anything but a minor inconvenience.  And yet another Catholic, who watched the SSPX live-stream Masses in America, was shocked to see the priest dipping his fingers into water after giving each Host to parishioners at Holy Communion time.  What?!**   

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

However, there is no official statement that I can find on the SSPX UK website, although I was delighted to read the following heartening comment from the District Superior, Fr Robert Brucciani in his editorial in the District magazine, Ite Missa Est, July-August edition –  Heartening, in that it shows that Fr Brucciani is certainly aware of the sinister nature of this contrived crisis…

 

 

Father Robert Brucciani writes…

My dear brethren, There is a collective sense that the world is on the cusp of dramatic change. Already, the Covid-19 crisis and recent civil unrest in  many countries – both bearing hallmarks of sinister orchestration – have been the occasion of mass social conditioning and a dramatic encroachment upon religious and civil rights.

Regrettably, it seems that more of the same is to follow. The mainstream media are creating expectation with expressions like “the new normal”, economic meltdown is imminent, and the World Economic Forum – an organisation for the minions of the New World Order – have launched an initiative called “The Great Reset” which seems to augur the imposition of more direct individual control, ecologism, and the culture of death upon the entire planet.

Meanwhile, God is ignored in all this upheaval and men of good will are finding themselves being manoeuvred into making a choice between supporting the “new normal” of the cultural Marxists or face social and economic exclusion.

Our hope should not fail, however, for the evil that is visiting upon us is the occasion of great heroism on the part of those who stand firm in the Catholic faith… End of Extract – read entire Editorial here

Thus, with such clear thinking on the political – and evil – nature of the Covid-19 “crisis”, it is incomprehensible to Catholics aware of the very real crisis in the Church, that the SSPX should appear to accept, at any level, Government restrictions on our religious freedom, choosing to blame the diocesan Bishops for the closure of churches and continuing restrictions on the practice of the Faith.   We need to see concrete evidence of the “great heroism” of which Fr Brucciani speaks.  Don’t we all need to risk falling foul of the Government by refusing to keep the rules which are leading us into the “new normal”?   Or would that be to lack the virtue of prudence?   I wonder what St Thomas More would advise? 

The SSPX does not have to obey the local Bishops on this, that’s for sure. They can’t blame the Bishops.  So, the question remains, why do they? And why is there no dissent among the best of the diocesan clergy – I heard from another reader that the “traditional” parish in the north of Glasgow, is permitting only 50 people to attend Sunday Masses.  

With talk of a second wave (to be followed by a third and fourth wave…) there is clearly not going to be any end to this fake crisis.  Somebody in the Church is going to have to make the first move and say “We will not serve!”    Why can’t it be the Society of St Pius X, established precisely because its Founder could not, in conscience, accept the new normal concocted at Vatican II: “And if you wish to know the real reason for my persistence, it is this. At the hour of my death, when Our Lord asks me: ‘What have you done with your episcopate, what have your done with your episcopal and priestly grace’ I do not want to hear from His lips the terrible words ‘You have helped to destroy the Church along with the rest of them.’ (Archbishop Lefebvre: Open Letter to Confused Catholics, p.163).

Comments invited…

 

70 responses

  1. I loved Fr Brucciani’s editorial – I read it right through and it’s great.

    My own belief is that if the SSPX take a lead and reject the government’s orders about churches, the SSPX would really flourish, more and more people would seek out their chapels, I really believe that, without any doubt.

    I was stunned to see that the Edinburgh FSSP church is requiring everyone to pre-book to get to Mass and to wear face masks during Mass. I wouldn’t have believed it if I’d not seen it on their website.

    I’m not surprised about the diocesan priests, though, not at all, and that includes the Summorum priests. They’re all busy watching their backs, sorry to say.

    • Fidelis,

      I agree – Fr Brucciani’s editorial is excellent. I love the way he links Archbishop Vigano’s writings to Archbishop Lefebvre’s Open Letter, towards the end, pointing out the vision of the latter, who saw the dangers to the Faith even before the Council ended. It took Archbishp Vigano a bit longer, that’s true, but he is now the lone voice, clearly making up for lost time!

      Having read the Archbishop’s Open Letter, and appreciating the personal sacrifices which he made to preserve the traditional Mass and Faith, I honestly wonder if he would have directed his priests to bow down before the Government regulations imposed on churches during lockdown. I might be wrong, because it’s not always easy to know what someone, now deceased, might do in our present circumstances, but I just can’t imagine that he would have gone along with any of it.

    • Fidelis,

      It’s not just pre-booking and face masks – everyone attending the FSSP Masses have to leave their contact details! I quote:

      “5. Everyone attending Mass must leave their contact details, which will be shared with the Scottish Government’s contact tracers upon request (see below).”

      I had to read that twice, so unbelievable is it. I have already decided I won’t go into any café or restaurant that requires me to leave my contact details for the government track and trace programme, so I’m definitely not going to leave them with a priest at church. How shocking! Does this priest not realise how sinister the track and trace programme is?

      I think an awful lot of people will lose faith over the faithless response of the Church authorities to this virus. An awful lot of people are already struggling with it.

      • Laura,

        I was just amazed watching this video about contact tracing to see how naive people are, saying they don’t mind being tracked if it keeps them healthy.

        • This BBC report is pointing out that when governments get these kind of surveillance powers in an emergency, they don’t hand them back.

          This Sky News report is just interesting to see the way China has gone overboard, after hiding the virus

      • Laura,

        There’s just no way of explaining why any priest would co-operate with the tracking and tracing. Does Fr Emerson not understand the implication of this?

        • Michaela,

          I think it must be the case that Fr Emerson is one of those people who believes that the Government has our best interests at heart, that the tracking and tracing system in place is not at all sinister and so, what is coming to us, will be a real shock to him and those like him who simply cannot see either the wood nor the trees, if you get my drift(wood)!

          You have to laugh… 😀 Kinda…

    • Fidelis,

      Agreed – the editorial in Ite Missa Est is first class. That’s why it is disappointing that there was no public statement refusing to close the churches. The SSPX would have soared in the opinion of the majority of Catholics and I don’t think for a second that anyone would have gone to prison or even been fined, but what’s a fine out of the collection plate. I’ve no doubt there would have been a crowd funded response to any large fine.

      • Michaela

        At the very least I would have expected the SSPX to justice fund a formal legal challenge in the courts, just like the two SSPX priests in New York, who won their case. I agree, however, that had the SSPX priests ignored the unjust law they would probably have doubled their congregations and suffered no loss of personal freedom at the hands of the police. There would have been an outcry had any action been taken against them.

      • Michaela,

        I agree – if they’d just stood firm, the SSPX would have drawn many more laity to attend their chapels. Right now, there’s a vacuum of leadership, which is a real pity.

  2. The SSPX does not have to obey the local Bishops on this, that’s for sure. They can’t blame the Bishops. So, the question remains, why do they?

    I don’t think it is a case of the SSPX obeying Diocesan Bishops. I think that, because the Bishops have been so eager to appease politicians, they have created an environment where it is impossible for anyone to do something different.

    For example, imagine if Fr Brucciani (District Superior) or Fr Wall (Prior) – or even a diocesan priest – attempted to object to Government regulations, they would only get a curt reply saying “Church authorities haver agreed to this” and so their appeals would be on a hiding to nothing.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      I didn’t expect to hear any announcements about the Government restrictions in any SSPX church. I expected them to be ignored. At most, I would have accepted any announcement along the lines of …there is an attempt to close churches, but we will be providing Masses etc as usual, for those who wish to continue to attend. Even if they had posted the same dispensation from obligation notice, but made the Masses still available, that would have spoken volumes – in their favour. I know my family would have continued to attend and I’m sure others would have done so, as well.

      I certainly wouldn’t have expected the SSPX to write to the political establishment explaining themselves. No. Why should they? That, again, is to recognise their (lack of) authority over the Church. No, I thought (wrongly, as it turns out) that they would have treated this totalitarian activity with the utter contempt which it deserves.

      As for the Bishops creating an environment which makes it impossible for them to do anything different – well, does that mean we can expect to see LGBT+ rights promoted in the catechism classes because the Bishops have approved such teaching in Catholic schools – north AND south of the border?

      It’s difficult to acknowledge, I understand, since we’ve all been so grateful for the SSPX provision, but I can’t see how it is reasonable to blame the Bishops (who follow the Pope’s example) and absolve the SSPX (who have always rejected the Pope’s bad example, publicly explaining why … until now.) More than once I’ve heard the Bishops criticised from the pulpit, including laying the blame for the church closures on them during lockdown. I still remember my jaw dropping the first time I heard that. In short, I think this has been an opportunity missed.

      It will be interesting to see what happens as the totalitarian screw tightens.

      • Editor,

        I agree. The priests (both diocesan and SSPX) could just have kept going as usual, and those laity who were afraid of the infection could either have stayed at home or asked for Communion to be given to them at the end of Mass. The priests could have announced that. There was no need to shut down and make us all suffer. If the fearful had been catered for, the rest of us could have continued with life and church as normal.

  3. The best place for me to start is with a little nugget lifted from a report at Lifesitenews. It is from a July 27 report that Cardinal Juan José Omella of Barcelona, Spain, is lodging a legal case against the Barcelona authorities for singling out the Church for particularly harsh restrictions by limiting numbers in churches to just 10.

    This persecution of Catholics by the Barcelona authorities does not surprise me as the Catalonia region is famously Masonic and anti-clerical. At any rate, the Cardinal broke the unjust law and is now taking legal action, which is a start. Here’s that little nugget:

    “…In an open letter published in May, Catholic clergy led by former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and Cardinals Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, Joseph Zen, and Janis Pujats reminded politicians around the world that “the state has no right to interfere, for any reason whatsoever, in the sovereignty of the church.”

    “This autonomy and freedom are an innate right that Our Lord Jesus Christ has given her for the pursuit of her proper ends. For this reason, as pastors we firmly assert the right to decide autonomously on the celebration of Mass and the Sacraments, just as we claim absolute autonomy in matters falling within our immediate jurisdiction, such as liturgical norms and ways of administering Communion and the Sacraments,” the signatories stated.”

    What these four prelates have stated is exactly what I wrote in my previous CT article concerning the teaching of the Church and how Churchmen everywhere are obliged before God to resist this present evil of government boldness, daring to subject the higher spiritual authority of the Church to the greatly inferior secular power of the State.

    In terms of the Church hierarchy in general, it is perfectly obvious that by suspending public Mass and the sacraments for four months the Shepherds, right up to the Pope himself, manifestly abandoned the flock of Christ entrusted to their care, and on the basis of a virus which can be shown statistically to be no great threat to humanity.

    How different their cowardly actions in comparison with the fidelity of their predecessors of former times who redoubled the Masses and prayers of the Church in response to real plague, one of which wiped out half the population of Europe.

    Not content with this betrayal, however, the hierarchy is now mocking God by obeying, like sheep, an intolerable government restriction on numbers attending Mass and a degrading mask/social distancing/sanitising regime that turns the House of God, the House of supernatural Faith, into a House of secular Fear. They will not escape the judgement of Our Lord for this faithless betrayal, which represents one of the greatest scandals ever to sully the Mystical Body of Christ.

    By the very fact alone that they have subordinated the holy Church of God to inferior secular authority is testimony to their treachery.

    This brings me to the response of Traditional institutions within the Church to the present evil imposition of secular government on the higher spiritual authority. In this regard, we have the response of the SSPX on the one hand and the response of the all Traditional groups operating with episcopal permission on the other, such as the FSSP, ICK, Good Shepherd Institute, priests in parishes, etc.

    The latter category is the easiest to address since one and all have simply complied with the evil as we would expect from organisations dependent upon their local ordinary for their very existence. Whatever discreet resistance there may have been internally in some of these institutions does not detract from their failure to publicly uphold the rights of the Church and their duty as shepherds of souls.

    The SSPX is slightly different, perhaps more culpable, in that it does not depend on the whim of local ordinaries for its existence and is therefore freer to reject compliance with their sell out, as Archbishop Lefebvre did when rejecting the poison of the New Mass and Conciliar “reform”.

    What I have noticed about the SSPX is that while certain superiors, by their personal writings and comments, clearly recognise the present evil for what it is, there has been no official clarification of position by the Superior General, much less any visible resistance. I suspect this is because the Superior General cannot justify the SSPX’s compliance with the evil in light of Church teaching, and so has chosen to say nothing.

    I can understand to some extent a reluctance to speak out given the willingness of today’s many Socialist governments to label such resistance as “religious extremism”, which they promptly blacklist and persecute accordingly. However, there can be no compliant burning of a grain of incense before the false deity of totalitarian government that seeks to suppress the Church’s divine mission. It is simply not possible to comply with the Covid-19 legislation while remaining faithful to the divine mission of the Church. Hence, the SSPX was, I’m afraid, as guilty as the rest for suppressing public Masses and the sacraments for 4 months. It truly pains me to say that, but truth is truth. Archbishop Lefebvre would have risked imprisonment before complying with such evil. How I wish he were still with us today!

    If there is a brighter note, it is that not every SSPX priest is complying with the wicked sanitising rules. I am aware of SSPX churches where masks are not worn, social distancing is not observed and sanitiser, though present, is largely unused. In these churches one can also receive holy communion on the tongue at the correct time during Mass.

    Others, sadly, do go along, at least to some extent, with the wicked rules, even those who have correctly observed and declared the Covid crisis to be fake. I know of one such priest who administers holy communion after Mass, for example, which is a scandal. Others, as the introductory thread points out, wash their fingers in water after every individual administration of the host. What this indicates is a lack of direction from on high within the SSPX resulting in a mish-mash of priestly responses both at the national and local level.

    As regards certain SSPX priests reportedly dismissing any link between Fatima and the present evil, I think Fr. Brucciani’s clear and correct observations in the matter, together with the explicit statements of Archbishop Vigano and other prelates, show such priests to be culpably irresponsible. There is no question that the present power grab by Socialist authorities in so many countries at once is a planned and orchestrated attempt to establish a New World Order of Communist totalitarianism which is perfectly consistent with the prophecy of the Third Secret of Fatima and the Devil’s final battle.

    • Athanasius,

      The link between Fatima and what is going on right now in the world, couldn’t be clearer, you are right. I was gobsmacked to read that any SSPX priest dismissed that obvious connection, It makes me wonder if he believes the Fatima prophecies at all.

      Thanks for another great post from you, which hits so many nails on the head, yet again.

      • Lily

        I, too, find it hard to believe that any priest of the SSPX dismissed the Fatima link in this way. Maybe the person who said this has been misinformed. If not, then I’m afraid that’s a priest with no grasp of the supernatural war that is presently escalating all around the world.

        • Athanasius,

          I would hope that it’s just a misunderstanding because it would be really shocking if any traditional priest downplayed Fatima. I agree with you that it would show a lack of a grasp of the supernatural war around us. They, of all priests, should be fully aware of that.

    • Athanasius,

      Another stormer from you! As always, you educate me so thank you!

      I agree that it’s understandable not to want to be labelled “extremist” (“I can understand to some extent a reluctance to speak out given the willingness of today’s many Socialist governments to label such resistance as “religious extremism”) but, as you say, it’s just not possible to be compliant when the Church’s mission is at stake. It’s dispiriting how few priests seem to get that.

      • Michaela

        Resistance to this present evil really would have to be championed by clerical superiors, otherwise individual priests will feel obliged to just accept the status quo. When the Pope, the bishops and the superiors of Traditional institutions collectively fail in their duty then the human element of the Church, being hierarchic by divine institution, is thrown into chaos and exposed to every assault of the devil. Even so, it is difficult to understand how so many could have accepted this secular suppression of the rights of the Church without so much as a whimper. We are certainly very far removed in our time from the faith and spirit of the martyrs.

  4. I think I ought to mention that RCA Victor emailed earlier today to apologise for his absence from the blog, and to let us know that, due to work commitments, he will probably not be able to blog until next Wednesday. I don’t think he’ll mind me mentioning that he is a musician and he has just been given a large event-performance which requires a lot of preparation, so I told him that I think we could forgive him, just this once 😀

      • Athanasius,

        I think he emailed so that he’d be given a “get out of blogging for the week card” 😀

        Here’s Cardinal Nichols on the closure of churches in England and Wales… Anyone still of the (uninformed) opinion that this man is a Catholic, needs to watch this (and note that he wouldn’t dream of telling the divorced and “remarried” or others likewise prohibited from sacramental Communion, to make a spiritual Communion…)

          • Crofterlady,

            God forgive me, but I do agree! He is so obviously not one bit bothered at closing churches. He hasn’t a clue what the Mass is, anyway, as we already know from his permission for gay Masses. I look at the likes of him (and Pope Francis) obviously in their later years and wonder that they are not thinking seriously about their judgment.

  5. I was speaking to a doctor, who is also a committed Baptist, recently and he commented on the way the clergy “had simply rolled over, in the face of this bug. I remarked that so had the medical establishment! He agreed and said that hospitals are virtually empty with staff bored out of their minds. You know the ones I mean? The heroes we are told to clap every week, the front line heroes?? I know there are some hospitals south which had a very busy period at the outset of this bug, and the staff therein worked very hard, but we are led to believe that the whole country was thus. Not so.

    • Crofterlady,

      The problem is that the evidence of empty hospitals etc seems to be mostly anecdotal. I’ve heard the same thing, especially about A & E being almost empty all the time, but the answer is always just that people are observing the rules and trying to leave the staff free to deal with the virus. I can’t find any reports about staff with time on their hands. When I tried just now, I found a Guardian article about staff being forbidden to speak to the press about the shortage of PPE, but nothing about this subject.

  6. My daughter is a medic. Last week she met up with 8 other medic friends, all working in Scottish hospitals. They all said they have NO covid patients and none in ICU either though one doctor (Glasgow) did have 2 covid patients early on in this affair and both recovered. They further said that they, along with the nurses, are bored out of their minds. It is also true that people are keeping away from hospitals, some out of fear, some out of misplaced concern for the NHS.

    • Crofterlady,

      That is very good evidence, even though it would be classed as anecdotal, I dare say.

      I remember that there were announcements on TV news shows to say people ought to start using A & E again, and get in touch with GPs again, so that is really good evidence as well. They wouldn’t be asking people to start using the NHS again if they were run off their feet.

      • Josephine

        My brother is a nurse (no longer practicing) and he’s been getting the same feedback from firends in the profession, from hospitals in Livingston, Edinburgh and Glasgow, confirming that there have been very few to no Covid-19 cases. This is more than anecdotal, it’s media-suppressed truth.

        The really evil thing about the lie is that they have deliberately put thousands of genuinely sick people’s lives at risk, denying them urgent treatment for serious conditions on the grounds that the hospitals are overflowing with plague victims.

  7. I’ve just posted the following incredible news on the previous Masks threads, and posting it here as well, for posterity – not that posterity has ever done anything for us… 😀 Seriously, this is no laughing matter…

    Can you believe this… Carfin Grotto (Scotland’s national shrine) is selling custom-made masks. Honestly, you couldn’t make this stuff up…

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=183552199849738&id=113391896865769

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=183515213186770&id=113391896865769

    • Editor,

      That is a disgrace. I can’t believe they’d stoop so low as to make face masks using images or sayings of saints.

    • Editor,

      Whoever is responsible for those masks has just made a laughing stock out of Carfin and the Church in general.

      • The abuse I got for questioning if it was correct to produce such things was horrendous what’s worse is the chancellor of the diocese of Motherwell is the deacon at carfin and I suspect showed an email I sent to him regarding this.

  8. Editor

    Sounds like a case of: “Roll up, roll up! Get your Marian muzzles and other custom clown covers here”!

    Disgusting!

    • Athanasius,

      My own first thought was – well, howzabout that, then. We can cancel God, don’t need him, not to be trusted, so let’s close the churches etc. but, hey, we can make a few bucks with this “crisis”….

      Well, since RCA Victor has gone AWOL, somebody has to provide the American accent 😀

      In all seriousness, this is a total disgrace. The bishops and their minions should be hanging their heads in shame, with or without a mask attached to their itching ears (that’s a quote from St Paul, in case you don’t recognise it… not the bit about the masks, just the itching ears 😀 ) But they won’t, of course.

      • Editor

        It is becoming increasingly difficult to think of these bishops as having any Catholic faith left in them, they’re so secular and indfifferent.

  9. It really is embarrassing but I blame Jim Grant for allowing these boys the free reign to do what they want was the same at Holy family

    • A Flawed Man,

      Who is Jim Grant? I have a vague memory that the former chancellor in Motherwell was a Father Grant – is that him?

      • I dont know if he was he is the PP of Carfin and former sectary to the bishops conference and parish priest of Holy Family where these guys started out. I am uncomfortable with the amount of access they get even last year with the relics they produced a dvd and not a penny went to the church

  10. The fightback by some Christians has started in California. John MacArthur is a non Catholic prominent Los Angeles pastor and author who described COVID-19 regulations on churches as “government overreach,” and said his church will not follow mandated coronavirus restrictions, claiming they go against the Bible.

    If only we had Bishops like this in the UK!

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/california-churches-refuse-to-shut-down-in-face-of-local-leaders-threatening-to-cut-power

    • Francescomarta,

      How interesting that a Protestant minister has refused to bow to the Government interference in his services. It’s what they call in the world of property sales (“Real Estate”), the WOW factor!

    • Francescomarta

      This Protestant pastor’s stance is both good and bad news. Good news because he recognises the government overreach. Bad news because our Catholic leaders can’t seem to see it. The latter should be more informed and fired up than the former, yet blind indifference reigns.

  11. All we hear from our our Bishops is compliance with Government Covid19 regulations, however some Doctors in England are starting to ‘whistle blow.’

    Dr. Simon Dolan is a NHS doctor in Surrey says that his Colleagues (GP’S) have got nothing to do at this time. They would love to be able to speak up publicly but it’s “like North Korea at our hospitals.” The GPs are only allowed an opinion if it follows the Government party line. To view his blog regarding Covid 19 and these comments click link below.

    https://twitter.com/simondolan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1288778861241683969%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ffromrome.info%2F

    In the USA Doctors are starting to speak out against the governments reaction to Covid – 19

    https://fromrome.info/2020/07/30/doctors-censored-for-saying-the-truth-about-covid-19/

    German Doctors are also speaking out

    • Francescomarta,

      Is that the same Simon Dolan who has started the legal proceedings against the government and is leading the Keep Britain Free campaign? If so, I’d be amazed if he’s not sacked.

      • Sorry, Francescomarta,

        I asked that question before I clicked on the Twitter link – it is the same Simon Dolan – I hadn’t realised he’s a GP.

        One of the comments from a retired GP is really REALLY important –

        Dick Breeze
        @DickBreeze
        8h
        I am a retired UK hospital doctor. I have 47 years experience in the NHS. I am losing the will to live over this farcical situation. How come everything I ever learned about viruses and immunology is now wrong? Where are the doctors with integrity now we desperately need them?

        Well, that is something else. Why are doctors like him not being give television exposure? Why are we being deliberately kept in the dark, given the impression that “the experts” and “the scientists” are giving us “the facts”.

        I’m disillusion with the medical establishment, the scientific establishment and with priests and bishops right up to and including Pope Francis.

        They’re all part of this con, they’re all lying to us, one way or another. It’s a disgrace.

    • Francescomarta,

      Many thanks for posting that link – I didn’t realise that Simon Dolan is a GP and, as Lily says, the quote from the retired GP is extremely important. It’s so important that the mainstream media / broadcast media wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole!

    • Francescomarta,

      That is just beyond belief. These bishops are truly wolves in sheep’s clothing – they are utterly contemptible. As is every priest who goes along with their scandalous support for vaccination at all costs.

      It is a blatant lie to speak of this as “Catholic teaching” – it is manifestly nothing of the sort.

      Someone on another thread said a while back, referring to the mass closure of churches (pun fully intended), that he/she (can’t remember the blogger) would never again have the same respect for priests. This will certainly not help. Informed Catholics are appalled at the disgraceful dereliction of duty exhibited by clergymen, but this latest intervention really does take the biscuit.

      For bishops to speak about vaccines as if they are automatically a good thing (with or without the use of fetal tissue) is ridiculous, not to say ignorant. I’ve met pharmacists who are against vaccinations. And anyone with even a slight acquaintance with a history book knows that any government vaccination programme spells danger – big time.

      I won’t be accepting any vaccine; I’ve refused the annual flu jab for years now and I will continue so to do. And I will definitely not be forced into accepting any new vaccine produced under the “Covid-19” umbrella. This whole debacle has gotten well and truly out of control.

      Shopping today, I had to laugh at the way shops have erected perspex screens at counters, and I lost count of the number of cashiers wearing perspex shields – not just masks, the whole show. I asked each one if they seriously thought a virus – any virus – couldn’t go under the bit of the screen where I’ve just placed my hand to collect my purchases, and, likewise, that a virus – any virus – couldn’t then nip up under the face-shield to touch the cashier’s face … I mean, I’m no scientist but it is blankety blank obvious that those props are no help in fighting off a virus. That is, in fact, all that they are doing – acting as a prop. Giving the illusion of “safety”. Gimme strength

      To their credit, the staff in shops smiled and acknowledged the self-evident truth which I, without so much as a First Aid Certificate to my name, had just identified. As I say, gimme strength.

      As for Boris threatening more police on the streets in England to enforce mask-wearing – let’s hope Nicola doesn’t make the same decision, because then, I do believe, there may well be quite a fightback on the streets of Glasgow, if nowhere else.
      https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/coronavirus/boris-johnson-wants-more-police-on-the-streets-to-enforce-wider-compulsory-face-coverings/ar-BB17qvvT?ocid=msedgdhp

      Crazy, crazy times.

  12. Editor,

    You know how the Russian Orthodox clergy are infested with KGB agents? I’m beginning to wonder if the English Bishops are infested with MI6 agents, since they so readily surrender to, affirm and promote the dictates of the State.

    And not just with this scam-demic, either. How about with their surrender to the alphabet soup crowd? How about with their surrender to the Muslims?

    (My speculation assumes that MI6’s allegiance is not to England, but to the NWO – as is the allegiance of the CIA over here.)

  13. RCA Victor,

    Unfortunately, I’ve no sources to give me information about the “deep Church” as Archbishop Vigano calls it, but nothing – absolutely nothing – would surprise me. Whoever these bishops are serving, it’s not Our Lord. That’s as clear as crystal. They are the proverbial disgrace.

    Now, not to rub it in or any thing, but Athanasius did ask if you were ready to face the music after taking time off to prepare for a performance, you being a top musician an’ all… So, I thought I’d share the image below with you… it made me smile, even though I know it could never, not in a million years, apply to you 😀

    • Editor,

      I’ve just now noticed this, and all I can say is that it was a secular wedding with lots of popular tunes called for (as well as some classical). I had to learn so much syncopation that I was getting seasick.

      There was a popular Wendy’s hamburger commercial back in the 80s which featured a feisty old lady at the counter, looking at the meager patty inside her hamburger bun, and demanding “Where’s the beef?”

      To which I can now add, “Where’s the beat??”

      Speaking of syncopation, I’ve also discovered that current popular music (from Broadway shows, movies and TV shows) is characterized by two things: a complete lack of imagination (which is not at all disguised by the pervasive use of syncopation), and lyrics which are pure narcissism. Thanks be to God, we didn’t have to sing any of these tunes!

      • RCA Victor,

        That hamburger looks delicious!

        I just assumed that the music would be typical wedding stuff. You know… “Here comes the bride” or, as they played for Elizabeth Taylor, “Here we go again”… 😀

        • Editor,

          “Here comes the bride” would have been a relief! For example, one of the processionals was an old big band tune called “String of Pearls,” (Glen Miller), which is actually a great tune.

          One of the recessionals, however, was the Downton Abbey theme, from a show which I assume is or was a British TV series. It had such a sinister ring to it that I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to recess to it.

          But hey, I’m just an old geezer with good taste, what can I say?

    • Francescomarta,

      That did raise a smile.

      Thank you for saying you are not promoting that site (!) but it seems that you are interested in visiting sites which are decidedly in the “conspiracy theory” camp.

      Allow me, in sisterly fashion, to warn against. The reality is so starkly obvious and so seriously worrying, that we are in no need of any theories, whatsoever… 😀

  14. Here’s a Protestant minister who is refusing to close his church:

    “Churches should be open,” declared Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee, the Washington Examiner reports. “There should be no excuses. I will go to jail before I close my church.”

    Global Vision has also declined to require congregants to practice so-called social distancing or wear masks while indoors, which Locke says stems from a refusal to “live in constant fear and media hysteria.” (Lifesitenews)

    And also in Lifesitenews today, a refusal to close churches, but a much more compliant statement from Bishops in Kentucky:

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, August 5, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz is defying Democratic Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s suggestion he suspend in-person Sunday worship for two weeks. Kurtz is the Archbishop of Louisville and served as the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2013 until 2016.

    “In a letter to priests July 25, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz said parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville would continue holding Masses at reduced capacity and ask pastors to ‘double down on issues such as social distancing and mask wearing,’” reported the weekly diocesan newspaper The Record.

    Interesting contrast.

  15. My attention was drawn to the website of St Aloysius Jesuit church in Garnethill, Glasgow, known to some of us as the House of Heresy. Interestingly, although not surprisingly any more, the priests in St Aloysius are as devoted to keeping the Covid laws imposed by the Marxist Government, as they are casual about keeping the law of God – as we have reported more than once in our newsletter… Check out this page on Covid…

    IHS
    St Aloysius’ Church
    Garnethill

    15th July 2020

    A CHURCH IN TRANSITION

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    Like a flower slowly unfolding in the light of day, our chapel on Garnethill has been tentatively opening its doors to the new COVID world: it is a world of uncertainty and grace.

    Although national authorities have been entrusting individuals with a fair degree of freedom to intuit best practice regarding personal health-&-hygiene, institutions have not been given such liberty! Whether it be sports stadia, pubs, shops, cinemas etc… the State has clear and demanding expectations as to how to keep gatherings of people safe from the coronavirus.

    ‘Places of Worship’ are just such institutions, so both the Scottish Government and (for the Catholic community) the Bishops of Scotland have been attempting to find the right balance of freedom and safety in these fluid times. Solomon himself would be taxed to find a wise and pleasing compromise for all the demands and challenges!

    For the last three weeks, from Monday-to-Saturday, St Aloysius has been open for Prayer & Confessions for a couple of hours each day. It has been a contemplative space, and people seem to have enjoyed the experience. However, this model of openness has required a sustained presence of priests and volunteers for welcoming, pastoral engagement & cleaning, and it would not be possible to develop this without an extended number of priests and volunteers!

    The permission to open for Masses now adds a level of complication. As well as the requirements for individual prayer (facemasks, social-distancing, sanitising of hands, disinfecting the Church after each use etc…), because the Mass will be a ‘gathering’ it will require that all people attending need to be registered so that the NHS can follow-up possible COVID contacts. As you can imagine this registration will need careful scribing before entry into the Church.

    Some parishes have started an internet booking-system, which has both advantages and disadvantages, but we have decided (initially) that we will try to leave it open to informal arrivals on the day. Although St Aloysius has a ‘crammed-in’ capacity of over 1000, the legal-limit in any Church for the moment is 50 people. Some people might have particular needs, so we will reserve a few places each Mass, so if you feel that this might apply to you, please contact me at 0141 332 3039.

    We are going to try for a single daily mass (Mon-Sat 12.15pm; Sunday at 8.00am), but we are conscious that only 350 people will be able to attend in one week, so initially we encourage even the able-bodied and enthusiastic to attend only one mass in a week – perhaps consciously avoiding Sunday, despite the obvious attractions. We are hoping that this randomness will help even-out arrivals over a 7-day period.

    Given the danger still abroad for those who are elderly or have underlying vulnerabilities, please remember that the obligation to attend Mass is still suspended. It would be important that you do not struggle to Church but continue to uphold your cycle of prayer and worship at home at this time. We value your presence and prayers from afar.

    The labour intensive need-for-help in the Church is not likely to diminish in the near future, so if some of you would be able to help as a Volunteer, we would be delighted to hear from you. If we could create a team it might allow us to develop and sustain times of prayer and sacramental ministry in the coming weeks. Please email me if you feel that you can assist.

    Below are some of the practical details for the immediate future – as I say, this situation is fluid and things might change, so please continue to enjoy cultivating the gift of patience…
    smiley

    For those who will be able to celebrate Mass in the coming weeks, it is important to be conscious that we do so representing many faithful Christians across the world who are not able to go to Church because of coronavirus or war or famine or persecution. In receiving communion, we come together as the Body of Christ on behalf of countless others who would love to partake in this very physical act of Eucharistein (‘giving thanks’) for the presence of God in our beautiful, yet broken, world.

    Blessings and best wishes to you all

    Fr Dermot
    Fr Dermot Preston SJ
    Parish Priest
    ___________________________________

    St Aloysius in transition:

    From Friday 17th July open ONLY for one mass a day.
    Mon-Sat 12.15pm (Church open 11.45am; closes at 1pm)
    Sunday 8am (Church opens at 7.30am and closes at 8.45am)

    Requirements:

    Name & phone number registered at back of Church
    Sanitise hands before entering
    Please comply with the ‘2 metre rule’ while in Church
    Please wear face-covering while in Church
    Receive Communion in the hand
    Communion will be given at the very end of Mass
    50 people max.
    http://www.staloysius.rcglasgow.org.uk/transit

    Truly, nobody, but nobody, could make this stuff up…

    • Editor:

      “For the last three weeks, from Monday-to-Saturday, St Aloysius has been open for Prayer & Confessions for a couple of hours each day. It has been a contemplative space, and people seem to have enjoyed the experience. However, this model of openness has required a sustained presence of priests and volunteers for welcoming, pastoral engagement & cleaning.

      In other words, they’ve had “a sustained presence of priests and volunteers” to make sure everyone complies with the government rules, e.g. to register those coming in as per government rules.

      The whole thing is a total disgrace, but not surprising – these are Jesuits, for goodness sake! A lot of Catholics in Glasgow, myself included, would pop in to say a prayer in St Aloysius when up at that end of the town – not any more. I have a long memory and I’ll be remembering this betrayal of the clergy long after the lockdown has been “eased” (we’ll never be completely free again, that’s a given, at least not until after Russia has been consecrated.)

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