6:00 AM Sunday 28 November 2021, hours before Hanukkah would begin, we had adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Christ Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, the Suffering Servant, the Lumen Gentium, the Light of the Nations, in this little parish of Appalachia. Jesus is Himself the Temple. Jesus is Himself the Light who is God. The Father loved the world so much as to send His Son into the world… (see Jn 3:16).
The Sacred Liturgy is worth fighting for. The great Maccabees did just that. Fighting. Without the free exercise of religion we’re all dead. Smackdowns of religion is always all about hatred of God, therefore hatred of neighbor and self. And that brings unlimited death in its wake. In more recent times here in North America, a revolution was fought against those who would suppress religion. We celebrate what is now the first amendment to the Constitution, the free exercise of religion, also in the public square. What we celebrate is God intervening to assist us with the free exercise of religion. So, to hell with the smackdown of the proper celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.
Hanukkah began in the evening of the 28 November 2021. It is a celebration of God’s intervention to assist in the proper rendering of the Sacred Liturgy, and that is appropriate for all to celebrate throughout human history, even after the Messiah has come among us, who is Himself the Liturgy. Why’s that? Because it’s always all about Jesus. Here’s a picture of the first night:
So, I need to do a couple of things here. One is to change out that rather weak “Shamash” candle. I have one ready to go, but it needs a bit wider platform to be constructed. The other is to take a magic marker and draw a cross in the stained glass Star of David, the seventh item proclaimed that perfection of God’s presence amongst us is fulfilled.
I recall Ben Shapiro’s great smack down of Kamala Harris on Hanukkah:
Hanukkah runs until late afternoon 6 December 2021.
Courage doesn’t mean no fear, but rather it means dealing with fear. This guy is inspiring.
And… and… I finally figured out how to embed Rumble videos. Just in time. YouTube is visiting posts of this blog even with no videos at all. It’s all Google, right?
Normally, I would be sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal with my old neighbors to the hermitage as I write this on Thanksgiving afternoon. They’ve moved hundreds of miles away (no matter). We had early Mass across the Trail of Tears mountain and then I was a full hour into my trip when – bang bang bang – and my standard shift of Sassy the Subaru lost the top two gears, 5-6. I was able to get back home. I’ll look into that tomorrow. Quiet day again. Great! I’m gonna listen to this guy again… Thank God for him.
That’s over on Church Militant. Trying to catch up to his neighboring Archbishop, this guy, Bishop Harris, is ordering his priests to be “vaccinated immediately,” or else that’s it for them. We pray that any priests not vaxed will remain that way out of respect for the least of the brethren in the womb, that is, out of respect for Jesus. And we pray for Bishop Harris that he might respect life and his priests and all the Lord’s Little Flock.
This is happening about every day. Pope Francis… I mean… does he stop these crimes against priests? No. No, he doesn’t. I think these guys are happy to be stooges for him. I think Francis is heading in this direction for all priests in the world. That’s the only thing that answers all questions consistently.
Maneuvering by the present secular Biden Administration continues by way of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding “vaccine” mandates even as many countries right around the world are locking down or even shooting anyone unvaccinated. Any win for the Administration from the Supreme Court will have immediate repercussions and strengthen attempts at further “vaccine” mandates already pushed by the Center for Disease Control.
In many places, religious exemptions are being rejected by secular authorities due to hierarchical religious authorities promoting or even requiring the “vaccine”, including Catholic bishops, archbishops and cardinals throughout the USA and right around the world, even to the point of rejecting seminarians or dismissing and even suspending priests if they do not go against their consciences so as to go along to get along.
My co-alumnus of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, rejected the conscience-rights of all his priests, that is, for everyone but himself:
“I will not consider conscientious objection to receiving the vaccination as a valid exception set out here. I fully respect the rights of conscience, especially when formed in the Catholic understanding. But I too have a conscience, and it is not just legal obligation but conscience which has led to my decision.”
In other words, he has, with full knowledge and consent, gone against the rights of conscience when formed in the Catholic understanding and demanded that his priests commit this grave sin as well.
Pope Francis obviously condones this behavior as he makes highly emotional attacks on those who reject the mandates, calling out those priests and bishops and cardinals who reject reception of a “vaccine” as being suicidal and murderously careless about the lives of others. Not only is he not reprimanding those (arch)bishops who do such violence against the consciences of their own seminarians and priests, but the Holy Father is likely to mandate the “vaccine” for all priests just as he’s already done for all in Vatican City and for all bishops and priests he meets in his travels.
Thus, secular authorities already have precedents in abundance to reject any attempt by a Catholic priest to avoid the “vaccine” based on a religious exemption. It is imperative that the (arch)bishop of any (arch)diocese which has pushed the “vaccine” put his signature to a religious exemption specifically for his priests, and then another for the laity. Otherwise he has stolen and trampled upon everyone’s conscience.
“But Father George! Father George! Why would you ever want a religious exemption?”
That’s what a priest asked me the other day. He admitted I was sincere when I said that the “vaccines” are from the living organs of babies purpose murdered for research, development and testing to get you that vaccine, and that Jesus said what you have done to the least of these you have done to me. It’s like taking a machete to Mary and Elizabeth to extract little Jesus and little John the Baptist for our own benefit. Time is not a moral criterion, making a directly wrought evil for some specious hope for good somehow irrelevant morally because it happened a while ago and we can attempt to “distance” ourselves from that. Really? How successful have we been in distancing ourselves from original sin? Not at all. Do we also say that our redemption wrought by the New Adam is irrelevant because of time going by?
Stupid bishops. This is not rocket science. What you promote is evil. And you know it. Why do you do it? Go to Confession. Do penance by writing exemptions for your priests and for Christ’s faithful.
Galatians 2:11, because Ezekiel 23:20 is about what you look like to God when you prostitute yourselves to the nations. It’s important for your eternal salvation. Hint: Ezekiel 23 is all about your political correctness. No, go ahead. Read it. Let’s go Brandon!
And if any bishop is offended by that innocent rap song… no, really, read Ezekiel 23:1-20. It’s all about you. It’s God inspired word telling you to F*** off. Yep.
“But Father George! Father George! You’re so disrespectful! Stop it!”
That’s not me. You should be careful of calling Sacred Scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit disrespectful. You know what’s worse than that citation? It’s called being mocked unto scorn unto being ignored. Try this from those you refuse to lead:
When Archbishop Mark Coleridge says “F*** Catholic Conscience” and so many bishops join him right around the world, their collective Blah-Blah-Blah is simply rejected. They are all irrelevant. Entirely. The most obscure cancelled priest who is faithful to Jesus is more important to the salvation of the world than all those bishops put together. Those who “F*** Catholic Conscience” militate against the salvation of souls. I would not want to be them at the judgment.
But, again, this is the kind of rebellion that they want. They want people to become cynical. But this is what they do not understand. Clarity in the appraisal of their failure is an act of charity to them and the entire Little Flock of Jesus. It is not cynicism if I don’t care if their feelings are hurt. It’s called charity. I want them in all charity to go to heaven. But they need clarity in that charity. Clear enough for them? We pray they see the clarity in all its charity and themselves stop entrenching in their rigid cynicism. Hail Mary…
Those who say that NOT to give pro-aborts like Joey Biden Holy Communion is to politicize and weaponize the Eucharist.
To give pro-aborts like Joey Biden Holy Communion IS to politicize and weaponize the Eucharist over against the least of the brethren in the womb.
That minister, that (arch)bishop, any Pope who politicizes and weaponizes the Eucharist as a ticket to murder the unborn will be severely judged by our Lord Jesus. All He will have to do is point to Himself in His mother’s womb, and to Saint John in the womb of Saint Elizabeth.
This is not rocket science.
But priests and bishops say that “the Magisterium” says it’s OK, and don’t think you can know better than the Magisterium.”
That is so very cynical. Deadly cynical. Just. Wow. How many millions more have to die with this fake-divine-mandate? No. Really. Tell me. Cowards.
If that claptrap blahbadiblahblahblah is the Magisterium, then I do know better than the Magisterium. But that’s not the Sacred Magisterium. To say that encouragement to murder is the Magisterium is evil. That has zero authority. Zippo. Zilch. Nada. Nothing.
The bishops say that they are going to give the foundational doctrine of the Eucharist and that will be able to be used for Eucharistic Coherence, meaning denying giving Holy Communion to Joe Biden. But they won’t say that people have to be denied, will they? We’ll see. So far, speaking about the truth of the Eucharist and the evil of abortion hasn’t stopped Joe Biden from approaching to receive Holy Communion, nor has it stopped anyone from giving Joe Biden Holy Communion. So, why not just make a statement affirming Canon 915?
That would be right. Catholic Social Services of Australia has this guy, Francis Sullivan, shoving vax needles into arms, regardless of their direct connection with abortion in research and/or development and/or testing. This layman is busy attacking a great young priest in Australia, pastor of a smallish parish in the distant outback. That priest was in some of my classes in the major seminary in which I taught. Proud of him. Great! There are great priests all around, who are not willing to compromise, who thank Jesus for coming into this world, firstly, for nine months, in the womb of the Immaculate Conception.
And that stated rebellion earns me not just a weekly $14,000.00 fine, but about $140,000.00 in fines come January 4, 2022. I have sincerely held religious objections. I have a medical exemption. I have super strong natural immunity. No one cares about that. Not being able to pay the fines, looks like jail for me. Unless one uses one’s brain.
“Just lie about it, Father George!”
No. I’m not going to lie. I will stand with my flock, whoever that is, wherever that person is. I’ll take the consequences. Besides, I don’t want a $10,000.00 fine and six months in prison, which is the penalty for lying. And then you’ll get the other fines anyway.
“Just wear a mask and get tested, Father George! Don’t be so dramatic!”
I’m not ever going to wear a mask while I pronounce the words of consecration at Holy Mass. Guaranteed. This is a big deal, actually. Other examples of breath include Jesus breathing on the apostles so that they might receive the Holy Spirit to forgive sins. Or how about the early rites of exorcism in which breathing on a subject was part of the rite?
“But just wear the mask to get tested, Father George! Come on, man! You know, the Thing!”
I’ll be betrayed by some self-righteous Catholic coming to one of my Masses from around the USA. Most visitors are super Catholic, but some freak out about social distancing and masks and such. One threatened to write all sorts of letter to any powers that be to complain that I breathed on the Hosts at the altar because I was standing there with no mask.
Anyway, I wonder how testing once or twice weekly is going to work out with really a lot of people all of sudden needing tests and people spending all day at testing sites. Whose not going to get fired for that?
“But you just can’t quit the priesthood, Father George! Don’t be a quitter! Get with the program! You’re racist if you don’t!”
I’m not asking to be “laicized” or suspended from the sacraments. God forbid! No. If the Diocese is going to comply – illegally, actually – with Joe Biden’s anti-Constitution mandate, what I will ask for is that my salary be taken away, and that whatever is considered to be part of that salary is also removed, including the right to live in a rectory, any perks like a car allowance. In effect, it would be like getting “fired” from secular employment. Meanwhile, I would still volunteer to provide the sacraments and Mass in the parish. In this way, the Diocese wouldn’t be liable for me. Here’s the fact: Joe Biden isn’t going to be president forever, right? So, I’ll financially take a hit. Big deal. I’ll keep my conscience intact. Why be a priest if I can’t keep my conscience intact.
As I write this, the Biden mandate has been “stayed” by a judge… for Texas only. Good news. But Joey couldn’t care less about the Constitution or any sort of rule of law anyway. And, it seems to me, neither does SCOTUS. And, this is done under emergency powers. SCOTUS is going to be mighty hesitant to mess with that.
Not only is every day the eve of Saint Crispin’s Day – Yes sir-eee – but it is more so as the days wear on:
What’s Biden going to do next?
What’s Pope Francis going to do next?
What are the bishops going to do to hurt unvaxed priests next?
What are politicos going to do to hurt church attendance next?
A great family travelled some hundreds of miles for Mass at Holy Redeemer this past Sunday. We had a great conversation afterward. We spoke quite frankly about pro-life matters. I shared with him my own little prophesy. He then shared his. I’ll get to my own imagination in a later post, but here’s a quick paraphrase of what he said:
People in general and Catholics in particular are going to be really upset as it becomes ever more evident that the “vaccines” are not “vaccines” but are all part of the great reset and are hurting not only health but also consciences. And they will leave the Church.
What’s the response of the politicos and weak priests and bishops who have been leading people to hell? The words are voiced with effeminate brow-beating, bullying: “We were men of consensus then, and we are men of consensus now. We’re with Joey-Baby still today.”
Over against them I say with Henry V (full inscape of the words intended): “And now [those] [in]bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here and hold their manhoods cheap while then he speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s Day.”
Of course, the “fighting” of which I speak is that of praying the Holy Rosary, of preaching the truth, of providing the Sacraments. That’s all. And that’s what’s needed. And it hits them broadside, unexpected, stunning them, as faith is that which is least expected as it is entirely unknown to them. “What’s happening?” they ask, stunned. Then hopefully they convert, a win-win. But compromise with the very Person of Jesus, also in the least of the brethren, begs for entrenchment as rationalization. Prayers from the monsters to God, begging for humility, is necessary. Yikes!
And if all y’all think this is over the top political commentary, just read Ezekiel 23:1-19, which is an intense commentary on political correctness, speaking of it as prostituting oneself, and to what? The top picture of this post doesn’t even begin to equal the intensity of God saying “Let’s Go Brandon!” but with the actual words, and ever so very graphically. The Holy Spirit was having fun with that one. Wow. Hahaha.
And don’t think this is just being mean while using proof-texts from the Scriptures. If people need to be shaken up for the good of their conversion and eternal salvation, so be it. If they make it to heaven because you weren’t afraid to hurt their feelings they will thank you forever.
Dunno if that’s a true document, but, whatever, this is happening everywhere.
The legal advice – pro bono! – that I’m asking for regards just the legal logistics of (arch)diocesan priests who are considered self-employed and independent contractors with companies with over 100 employees, namely their (arch)dioceses. We priests receive OSHA declarations to the public about how many injuries and how many deaths we’ve had on campus.
People say that as the tiniest parish in North America we don’t have to worry. We’re small fry! But it doesn’t work that way. We’re in the database, and when the request goes out for proof of vaccination, the ENTER button will be pressed and millions of letters will be mailed out with deadlines for response. It’s because we’re small fry that no one is going is hunt us down in the database to remove us.
It seems that the $14,000 in fines (or $700,000 in the new Reconciliation Bill) are NOT to be paid by any (arch)diocese, but at a lower level for those self-employed and independent contractors. If it just means that the priest will be bankrupted himself and become a slave to the socialist government for the rest of his life, well, whatever. But if it means that the parish will be bankrupted and the campuses sold off to pay the debt, well, I would hate that.
The CCHD collection of the USCCB and required to be taken up by parishes throughout these USA is not and has not been taken up by this parish under my watch. The promotional materials are burned at the first convenient time:
Just to be clear:
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is not Catholic, but goes against all that is Catholic.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is not a Campaign, though it is, admittedly, aligned with all that is against the Catholic Church, all that is of the Democrat Political Party.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is not for Human Development, but over the years has made it a point to go to fungability with organizations which undevelop those in the womb, the least of the brethren.
Then there’s this forked tongue defense over against American Life League by the USCCB:
Not to be pedantic, let’s just fisk away at just a few sentences:
“Other accusations involved CCHD funded groups receiving funding from organizations that fund other activity that is contrary to Catholic teaching [say, like, abortion]. These CCHD funded groups received the funding to further their legitimate work. [meaning they have illegitimate work, say, like, abortion] In the application process to the other funding source, there was no commitment to, or even mention of, any objectionable activity [which makes it all better, I guess… which is like saying CCHD funds really nice railroad tracks but says nothing about them leading exclusively into Auschwitz].”
“In some instances, the materials cited in the allegations are outdated [which means that in some instances, the materials cited are not outdated and that the allegations are correct right now] and do not reflect, for example, that a group [“a group”… like in one group?] asked to be removed from another organization’s website because listing them misrepresented the nature of the relationship [so that, for instance, say an abortion group said they were supported by another group that is itself funded by the CCHD, but without saying that the money was earmarked for breast cancer exams, though that money is entirely fungible, so that other monies are entirely given over to abortion instead of both abortion and breast cancer exams, making the money earmarked just for breast cancer exams go for both abortion and breast cancer exams. Fungible. Get it?].”
For the USCCB, The Moral Justification® for any formal cooperation in evil regards appearances, you know, “distancing” the USCCB from any appearances of moral corruption, you know, like getting billions of dollars from the government to redistribute to murderous organizations (while taking a big cut for themselves, selling out Jesus for more than 30 pieces of silver).
Language in that last one. This was number one on the charts for while. Know your culture.
Comments in the counting room after Mass yesterday included high praise for the reporter in the last video, brilliantly getting the interview on-air by supplying the words “Let’s go Brandon” even while… you know…
Sorry, but I have to laugh. And now, on account of that laughter, I’ll probably have a warrant put out on me by the Biden Admin with puppets at the DOJ as FBI as CJIS in Bridgeport WV. ;-) … … … bwahahahahahahahaha! Oops!
Oh. I should comment on the intro of Johnny Cash to Ragged ol’ Flag lest I be red-flagged. He speaks of shooting anyone who would burn his flag. What he’s talking about, truth be told, is what is narrated in about the Star Spangled Banner in that other video above. That’s about defense of self and others from unjust and already being delivered deadly aggression. It’s sad that an explanation has to be given in our tender snowflake days. Anyway… Let’s go Brandon!
“WE’RE NOT POLICEMEN! LET PRO-ABORTS RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION!” the bishops shriek.
“WE ARE POLICEMEN! WE KILL UNVAXED PRIESTS SO THEY CAN’T GIVE VIATICUM!” the bishops shriek.
Meanwhile, faithful priests continue denying notorious pro-aborts Holy Communion and still go out of their way to provide the Last Rites to the dying, providing them hope and solace, Jesus, as they pass from this life to the next.
Meanwhile, the bishops stick out their hands for donations for distribution from the government, from the pro-abort politicians to whom Holy Communion is provided, donations the bishops give to abortionists right around the world, again and again, year after year, for decades. Oh, I forgot, they’re not policemen. They know nothing about it. Ever. But what they do know is how to police those priests who want to provide the Sacraments as people die. “NO, NOT SANCTIFYING GRACE! NO!” they shriek.
All these nurses et alii, because they are fired, will have no pay, no insurance. The hospital is Presbyterian. But don’t blame the Presbies. Here in Andrews, NC, the Presbies are like those who just now have been fired; they’ve remained open since the beginning, just like the little Catholic church in Andrews, NC.
The reason for the firings doesn’t have anything to do with any fear of any Faucian Chinese Communist Party virus, but rather the OSHA administered $14,000 per incident fine coming down upon those companies with more than 100 employees, or coming down upon those self-employed contractors with companies with more than 100 employees, that is, including all un-vaxed (arch)diocesan priests working for any (arch)diocese in these USA, that is, all ministers and preachermen right across the country.
But the new “reconciliation” bill for which Joe Manchin refuses to vote at the moment, states, on page 168, that the fine is not going to be $14,000, but rather a fine of $700,000 per un-vaxed person. Get that? In fact, the explicitly stated intention is to bankrupt all institutions who let un-vaxed workers work.
So, I mean, like, what weak (arch)bishop is going to retain even one priest who is un-vaxed? Not one, is the answer. Instead, those weak (arch)bishops are tougher than the Federal government dares to be, giving the green light to the government to be even more draconian. The Feds provide options of religious exemptions and weekly testing. Do the weak (arch)bishops do that? No. In fact, they are angry at the Federal government for embarrassing them about options the weak (arch)bishops refuse to tolerate.
Oh, a GREAT summary by Tucker about all this:
“But Father George! Father George! You and that Tucker guy are so dramatic! Get real! You know very well, Father George, that there is almost no (arch)bishop or (arch)diocesan priest in this world who is un-vaxed, and so… what are you talking about?! There will be no fines, because all those guys are vaxed, like twice, and, like, with three or four booster shots, daily booster shots, intravenous boosters that they walk around with on rolling intravenous poles you can get on Amazon for $35 bucks, really nice, you know, to set, like, a good example! You know that, Father George! You’re being misleading! You’re scaring people into thinking that churches will be shut down! You know that’s not true, Father George! You’re an ol’ meanie! You should be stopped, Father George!”
Meanwhile, wards and hospitals are shutting down. Meanwhile, priests are being forbidden to provide the sacraments in (arch)diocese after (arch)diocese. It’s not Jesus and His Little Flock but rather money that is “PRECIOUS” –
I don’t want to turn into that. But I daily see (arch)bishops and their priests turn into.. that… They lust for that, envy that, wanna be Gollum at his worst, which they think is the best for anyone.
It’s like a priest who told me flat out that he would abandon the flock to serve the Lord another day, because that’s the smart thing to do. He’ll be able to advance over the corpses of his brothers. But anyone who plays the mercenary for the sake of being a shepherd will always be the mercenary and never a shepherd. That priest is not an outlier. They are most common today.
Here’s a video, an analogy, on the brutality of wolves who don’t bother to hide themselves with sheep’s clothing, but just outright attack the Lord’s Little Flock in front of God and the whole world, dramatically playing up fearsomeness for the lights and camera, which they pay for, because they are proud of what they do in attacking the Lord’s Little Flock. How brave! Wolves attacking sheep! Such leaders! Such heroes! “We’re happy there are pro-life people, but we’ll move forward with vaccines anyways!”
Meanwhile, please God, this priest, yours truly, will not get vaxed, and will protect the least of the brethren in the womb, the least of the Lord’s Little Flock. Dear Jesus, please make it so. Please make it that there will be plenty of (arch)diocesan priests and (arch)bishops and Cardinals and upwards with whom I will be able to join, those who protect, who are not mercenaries, but who are true shepherds. Meanwhile, I rejoice in this scene and the words of the Magnificat which have special incisiveness in our days:
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
From the website of the Archdiocese of Moncton: COVID-19: GREEN phase: September 17th 2021 Update
Beginning Wednesday Sep 22nd, at any gathering inside our churches, rectories or community centres under our supervision, those present must be doubly vaccinated. By gatherings we mean: religious celebrations (Sunday and weekly masses, prayer meetings, baptisms, weddings and funerals, Confirmation, First Reconciliation, First Communion), parish and pastoral meetings, catechesis meetings, management meetings, conferences, workshops, fraternal and social meetings, bingos, card games, etc. By those present we mean: priests, lay ministers, members of choirs, volunteers, the faithful and other participants. This also applies to family members or close friends at baptisms, weddings, or funerals. Young people under the age of 12 are naturally exempted by this measure, as they cannot currently be vaccinated. How can these measures be put in place?
At Masses next week, several volunteers are expected to be at the doors of each church to ask worshippers for full proof of vaccination and collect their names on a list of fully vaccinated people. This list will be used again on subsequent Sundays so our volunteers will avoid asking our parishioners for proof of vaccination each time. The request for proof of vaccination would then be required only for new people. This list may eventually be requested by the government.
Inform the funeral home staff that family members and loved ones who come to church are to be doubly vaccinated. For baptisms and weddings, this task will fall to the parish office staff or to the person meeting the family to prepare for the celebration. As with other masses and celebrations, it will be necessary to keep a list of participants in funerals, weddings and baptisms after ensuring that they are doubly vaccinated.
For catechesis with children, we follow the rules in force in schools. For the safety of young people, catechists should be fully vaccinated. When parents (or another adult) attend the meetings, they will of course have to be doubly vaccinated. For a celebration in church, you will follow the rule in force now in our churches.
As for parish employees, it is highly desirable that they be fully vaccinated. However, if this is not the case, they will have to wear a mask at all times and undergo a COVID test periodically according to government policy.
We will accept anyone who comes to the parish offices for information or service. If this person is not vaccinated, they may be asked to wear a mask.
Questions: Can we still accept a person who is not vaccinated or has a single dose inside our facilities for a celebration or a meeting? Even with a mask and social distancing? Answer: The minister said “no” unless she had proof of exemption, which is rare.
We ask you to implement these new measures in each of your Christian communities not only to respect the government’s request but above all to help stop the spread of the virus among our population. We would not want one of our places of worship to be the location of a COVID exposure due to our negligence. The Minister of Health is counting on our cooperation.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can help you implement these new measures. I thank you in advance for all the efforts it requires to put in place this new protocol.
May the Lord bless us and continue to watch over us. — Mgr Valery Vienneau, Archbishop of Moncton
You are correct, your Grace, the Lord is watching you.
Dear readers, this kind of thing is happening multiple times a day right around the world and is coming to a(n) (arch)diocese near you.
In my little world, I think of immediately of the mafia. Lol. I’d like to see the coward bishops who insist on implementing these measures come to a baptism or wedding or funeral involving a mafia crime family and telling a capo or boss or any low-level enforcer that they are not allowed in the church, and that they have to show their identities. Do you think a cowardly bishop is going to threaten these guys by whispering at the entrance to a church to say, a mafia hitman, like, “I know where your family lives, where your children go to school…”
No, no. Ain’t gonna happen. If any (arch)bishop tries this, he’ll immediately disgustingly soil himself when the mafia hitman tells him ever so matter-of-factly what will happen forthwith unless any interference ceases. Lol.
Meanwhile, so very sad. Denying the Sacraments. And the Holy See doesn’t do anything. Because of that, it seems to me that those in the Holy See are using the likes of such (arch)bishops as test-the-waters cases. If they “get away with it” and they are, this will happen elsewhere, as is happening.
///Update:I got some legal advice about all this and took down this post not long after I put it up, as I realized it needed some rewriting. I’m not an attorney, so I spoke with someone with lots of legalese background. I had just a minute to do that before chasing off for many hours of pastoral work. Finally, here’s the quite entirely rewritten post: ///
OSHA, the henchman of Joe Biden, is likely to trample on exemptions claimed as medical, religious and from Natural Law (as delineated in the Constitution with caselaw precedents). Biden and OSHA would rather you die from medical contraindications and that you spiritually die by compromising with moral contraindications. Remember, big pharma murders the little ones in order to extract their living organs for research and/or development and/or testing of their “vaccines”.
Just your basic citizen, Ben Shapiro, is ready to fight this in court. Good on you, Ben.
I’m waiting for news from any (arch)diocese doing the same for… who?
Are teachers in Catholic parochial schools regular employees of whatever (arch)diocese? I’m guessing that they are independent contractors without any serious labor union. In most places right around the world they have one year contracts. Does that change for some over time?
Are any remunerated workers in any parish (groundskeepers, sacristans, secretaries, et al.) considered salaried workers or independent contractors?
Are some of those working in chanceries salaried or are they all independent contractors?
For tax purposes, priests are considered independent contractors, that is, self-employed.
So, there’s likely a wide variety of circumstances, but any (arch)diocese might want to put out some guidance or a statement of their intentions, such as a bid for a stay of execution of OSHA’s anti-Constitution overreach even while they file litigation. But I haven’t seen much of that going on, have you?
“But Father George! You don’t understand! We have religious exemptions!”
No. You don’t. Because it hasn’t come to that, not because a declaration has been made to date as far as I know about absolutely disallowing exemptions of any kind, but because of the process.
The mandate is already made, and OSHA is the henchman, now promising to review any kind of exemption for whatever reason, eager to claim that any such exemptions are illegitimate for any salaried personnel and all independent contractors.
Every (arch)diocese is subject to OSHA oversight. OSHA will insist that any religious exemption for all salaried personnel and all independent contractors is fraudulent on the basis that pretty much any given (arch)bishop has promoted getting vaccines and has opened up their church campuses to be used as injection clinics. The hypocrisy would be total, and so it’s easy to call out.
Meanwhile, there’s a $14,000 fine per incident. That might fall on any (arch)diocese for regular salaried individuals. Would an (arch)diocese attempt to dock the pay of those salaried workers, however illegally, or just outright terminate any non-vaxers?
What about independent contractors who all have to post OSHA injury/death proclamations, whose names they have because of the regular reporting to OSHA wrought by any (arch)diocese? OSHA merely has to press a button to send out notifications to millions of independent contractors, such as priests, demanding proof of vaccine or weekly proof of testing, along with the threat of a $14,000 fine, to be paid not by any (arch)diocese (which will likely not be overly concerned about the issue), but to be paid by any independent contractor. That’s between him and OSHA. The (arch)diocese has nothing to do with it.
As OSHA sends out notifications to employers of salaried employees or to contracted workers, that’s when there will be a chance to claim any religious exemptions.
A great bit of advice I received as a priest, an “independent contractor” (self-employed) was to drag the matter out with exquisitely polite and courteous language, not in the form of a “karen” (who wishes to impose on others), but in the form of the sincerely ignorant citizen just trying to understand the situation: “I don’t understand this mandate. Is it legally binding in this constitutional republic having the rule of law? This seems to be illegal. Please explain.”
But as all of that continues over months, the time will nevertheless come quickly when you either pay, or have one’s bank accounts or any assets seized. Once any process like that starts, it’s hard to stop. “Independent contractors” like priests are convenient examples to smack down as they often have hundreds and thousands in any parish and every last person will be looking to their leadership or lack thereof.
It would be great if any (arch)diocese would proclaim that they are preparing litigation, ready to proceed up the chain to the Supreme Court, defending their regular salaried workers and also speaking out on behalf of any “independent contractors” without whom any (arch)diocese shuts down entirely. Sad to say, I think most priests and (arch)bishops have already been vaxed, have even coerced their priests and parishes to get vaxed, and are chomping at the bit to get their third booster shots.
For a priest to removed from the harassment hit-list, he will have to resign his being an independent contractor. Many have said that a priest must not quit, but must rather be actively taken out by any (arch)bishop. But in this case, that won’t happen. Any penalty will not hit any (arch)diocese, but merely the contracting priest. Period. So, who cares. In order to avoid draconian penalties the priest will have to stop any contract and move out of any supplied residence, stop taking any remuneration, any insurance, all that which would bind him as a “self-employed” “independent contractor.” OSHA insistence will no longer apply to him.
Hopefully, any (arch)bishop will not remove any strictly religious faculties such as for absolving sin.
Meanwhile, I know a(n) (arch)bishop who praised pro-lifers for not wanting to get the “vaccine,” and then immediately said that nevertheless he will be pushing the “vaccine.” That’s as bad as Wilton Gregory saying that Joe Biden gets it wrong regarding abortion, but then proceeds nevertheless to give him Holy Communion.
But Father George! Father George! You never had to get any “vaccine” under the “vaccine mandate.” You have the option of getting a weekly Covid test!”
Well, here’s the deal. I have the strongest antibodies against Covid as anyone in the world. My doctor did all three antibody tests and I was super strong on all three. But no one is interested in this. It’s not about Covid. It’s about manipulation of consciences, social engineering: your body is owned by the State. That goes beyond the atheistic communism of the Stalinist Soviet Union. America disappears. The Constitution disappears. That’s what this is about.
As for the weekly test. I was tested early on with those long swabs that go right to the back of your nasal cavities:
Those can get infected quite easily. I know people whose infections have eaten through into their bone structure of their skulls. Yep. That’s the last thing I need. Any agitation of, say, areas 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 would cause an edema reaction that would shut off my ability to breath within minutes. In the other areas, say 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, it would only take some extra minutes for this to happen. This severe reaction is from a extremely rare hereditary condition. People think I’m so dramatic, but my mom died from this. Please don’t make fun of my mom in her last moments of agonizing suffocation. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. About 1/3 die from this. You can die this way even right in front of doctors in an emergency room because they don’t know what’s happening because the condition is so incredibly rare. My own doctor some decades ago told me that this had just happened to a young man in the emergency room of the hospital down the street. I don’t want to do this smacking of the back of the nasal cavities with those long swabs again.
Upshot (so to speak): I hope litigation quickly ends the murderous hunting down of “criminals” like me who refuse to get vaxed on both medical and religious and natural law and constitutional grounds. But that will take the Supreme Court, which at this point could go either way.
Is anyone aware of any (arch)diocese which is offering any advice about any of this to priests or other of their workers?
Would it be prudential to get my things ready to move? I mean, I realize I’m an outlier, in that I’m guessing that the vast majority of priests and bishops are vaxed and despise those priests who hold up any pro-life resistance, so that it might be the case of “good riddance” for the mere few who don’t get vaxed, you know, those who are not “men of consensus” in a sign-of-contradiction vocation are to be thrown out as trash.