Many readers have conveyed a sense of abandonment by the shepherds of the Church during the course of this “pandemic.” Barred from their churches, left alone in long stretches of lockdowns, deprived even of the last rites in places — and a huge silence from vast portions of the hierarchy in lockstep with the government over clear violations of human dignity — has been painful for many, to say the least. And the sense of betrayal (or feeling that Mass is no longer relevant because that was the message, whether intended or not) is appearing in the numbers: As churches re-opened in many places, many have simply not returned, and don’t plan to.
What do you think the Lord would say about the universal sacramental shutdown within the Church that has deprived the faithful — among them many elderly and dying people — of the sacraments across the world? Such a thing has never happened in the 2,000-year history of the Church, not even in the hardest times of war, plague, and persecution. What would have happened if the Church had intensified its sacramental life? But instead, it acted according to the general secular logic, which does not know faith and causes the shutdown of the sacraments and the desolation of the places of pilgrimage, among other things (cf. the empty St. Peter’s Square). Nevertheless, on March 25 of last year, Pope Francis urged us to ask God for the end of the pandemic worldwide. So to what do our faith and reason have to refer: to trust in our own measures, which did not achieve the desired effect but caused enormous damage, or to God’s supernatural help? — His Excellency Marian Eleganti, auxiliary bishop of Chur, Switzerland; April 22nd, 2021; lifesitenews.com
But now, a Canadian bishop has chosen to ban all “unvaccinated” parishioners from the life-giving SacramentsOnly “doubly vaccinated” may attend all Masses; diomoncton.ca — an astonishing violation of conscience and contradiction of the Church’s express teaching that “vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”“Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines”, n. 6; vatican.va As one person said wryly, “So much for ‘Let Us Build the City of God’ and ‘I am the Bread of Life.'”
But it’s also true that many priests have felt hamstrung from above, and some are already planning to “go underground” as they refuse to take part in a wholly secularized response to the crisis.
However, it would be wrong to believe that there are no voices crying out in the wilderness. This past week, a couple of priests on opposite sides of the globe gave powerful homilies rejecting both the medical apartheid forming in their countries and the heavy-handed “safety” measures of governments that are causing far more harm than good. We have taken an excerpt from each homily for your edification, to be encouraged that we are not without true shepherds willing to lay down their lives for their flocks…
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Fr. Stefano Penna, Saskatoon, Canada on “vaccine mandates”:
Fr. Christopher Sharah, F.S.F, Sydney, Australia on “evil” government measures: