Former president of the International Association of Catholic Doctors' Associations calls for an end to the Church’s Corona measures.
The former president of the international association of Catholic doctors considers oral communion and holy water to be harmless and criticizes the Church's Corona measures: "Maybe it was an excess of caution".
Since the beginning of the alleged Corona pandemic, practically all bishops in the world have de jure or de facto prescribed Communion in the hand as the only form of receiving Communion. For more than a year and a half you have been violating current Church law and liturgical provisions. These provide for oral communion as the only proper form of receiving Communion, while [sacrilegious] hand Communion is also permitted as an extraordinary form in the Novus Ordo, and this has only been possible since the early 1970s. In some countries, Communion in the hand was only approved by the local bishops' conference a few years ago.
With the allegedly necessary measures to contain the Corona virus, Pope Francis turned everything upside down, because the local bishops' conferences largely followed the Roman model. Communion in the mouth was forbidden and Communiom in hand, which was only permitted in addition, was imposed on the faithful.
The Pope and the bishops stood not only against canon law, but also against science. Even 19 months after the coercive measures were introduced, there is no scientific evidence to support them. What is there are conflicting opinions. In the worst case it can be said that there is no scientific knowledge that[sacrilegious] Communion in the hand is safer than Communion on the tongue. If one follows voices from the Catholic medical profession, Communion on the tongue is safer than Communion in the hand.
The fact is, an unknown number of Catholics who do not accept Communion in hand for reasons of reverence have been excluded from the sacrament of the Eucharist for 19 months. Neither Pope Francis nor other bishops seem to care. They seem unaware of the suffering some believers experience during these months. Since there is hardly any viral load to be found and almost only "fully" vaccinated people are hospitalized (even if this fact is hushed up in some countries as much as possible), a number of Corona measures have been canceled by some bishops' conferences, the meaningfulness of which was, that from the beginning there were considerable doubts. The ban on Communion on the tongue still applies. In some areas, it is even the only Corona measure that is still in force. And priests are still relentless and refuse oral Communion to the faithful.
In an article, José Maria Simón Castellví, the former president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC), draws attention to this situation and suggests that it be ended:
“Communion in the mouth and Communion on the knees are safe because the hands of the Eucharist giver can always be disinfected in the event of contact with the lips of the Communicant. Maybe that was an excess of caution. "
The Catalan doctor regrets that "one of the side effects of the Covid-19 pandemic was the almost complete abolition of the use of holy water in the Church". He complains that "now that the Covid epidemic has already subsided in Europe, there is not the slightest sign of a revival of this very important element in the life of Christians. It seems that we have come to terms with the minimal expression of the life of piety.”
José Maria Simón Castellví recalls that "the use of holy water does not transmit Covid". It has been known for many months that surface transmission is negligible. The former FIAMC chairman referred to José Luis Jiménez Palacios, professor of chemistry and environmental science at the University of Colorado and one of the world's most renowned researchers in the field of aerosol research, who had stated that “to date not a single case of surface transfer of Covid- 19 could be proven ".
The removal of the holy water from the churches was therefore an exaggeration of zeal that was neither sensible nor justified.
“We can safely return to good habits,” concludes Simón Castellvì.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: FIAMC (screenshot)
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