So, here’s the real story of the Coronavirus church in Cartersville GA. As of yesterday 25 March, a second church member died after coronavirus diagnosis, with five others testing positive. That’s seven total. I bet the higher number reported earlier was simply about the numbers of members told to self-quarantine because a definitive diagnosis could not be given until the tests went to State and then to the Federal CDC in Atlanta to be confirmed.
That church service – choir – was on March 1. That’s quite sad. Just one event. At church. Seven deathly sick, two of whom have now died.
People say that the latest guy to die was elderly and had underlying conditions, so, like, big deal. Well… Um… I happen to think that the elderly with underlying conditions are also precious in the eyes of the Lord. My parish is largely constituted of elderly parishioners with underlying health conditions.
Should I bait the elderly with underlying health conditions into church to kill them off just to please those who say that one can’t be a real believer unless one tests God, mocks God? God gave us faith, yes. But God also gave us reason. Yes, really, reason, from God. Reason is also God’s gift and God expects us to use reason as well as faith. Fideism is a heresy which rejects reason, but when one self-righteously bullies others from high-ground of “faith”, oooh!, one is king of the mountain and “right” even while people die because of that bullying. And that’s the point. It’s all about raw power devoid of justice, devoid of mercy.
Let’s be graphic about my F-E-E-L-I-N-G-S: If anyone dies anywhere because of going to church during a lockdown just because some ever so self-congratulatedly “pious” anti-Catholic bully-mocker on the internet says that those who are vulnerable persons must test God so as to prove that they are good Christians, good Catholics, by breaking the law to gather in large groups, well, I’d like to stick the faces of those anti-Catholics into the rotted corpses of those they baited to be imprudent right unto death.
I bet that these same idiots will change their tune if and when they get sick and perhaps some of them die off. Will they still be saying that pretty much all priests in the world are damned because of not baiting their elderly with compromised health into large groups of people? What is the matter with them? Perhaps they will play the martyr and say everyone else should be the martyr by testing and mocking God. This is a kind of suicide mentality, like a cult, like Jonestown. But people are still drinking the Kool-Aid of Jonestown now 42 years later.
Oh… I think I might know the rest of the story…
As I find out, there are among the mockers of the Coronavirus – the it’s-no-big-deal crowd – those who are quietly taking hydroxycloroquine and a Zithromax Z-Pak as a continuous prophylactic even though they have no symptoms, didn’t have symptoms, were not tested, have no reason to be tested, and who at the same time are trying to force those who are prudent to knock-it-off with the prudence as a cover for what they are really doing behind the scenes. Just. Wow. And now there are shortages of that drug for those whose lives it could save. Get it? “There’s no such thing as Coronavirus” they say, so that they can stockpile more for themselves. Just. Wow.