By David Martin
The recent closure of Catholic churches over the coronavirus is pathetic and absurd, since it works against our public health and safety. It is an indictment of our times that supermarkets, liquor stores, abortion mills and transportation lines are allowed to operate while churches have been forced to shut down, thanks to the pope and bishops who are taking orders from the state, not from God.
Attending Mass is every bit as "essential" as these busy-body activities, so why have the bishops ordered the churches locked? To please a bureaucratic body of atheists who are using COVID-19 to shut down religion?
The bishops need to open the churches to give the Church a fighting chance to offset the diabolical darkness that is fast closing in. They must not allow the Antichrist-state to shut down the Church, wherein is contained the only source for our victory—the Mass and Eucharist—but must open the doors and let the Church's light shine that it might dispel the darkness.
Pope Gregory Ended the Plague in Rome
Let them follow the lead of St. Gregory the Great, who in 591 ended the plague in Rome by carrying in procession a picture of the Virgin Mary painted by St. Luke the Apostle. The Abbot Orsini wrote: "On this day, in the year 591 (April 25), St. Gregory the Great, having had the picture of Our Lady, which was painted by St. Luke, carried in procession, the plague ceased at Rome."
The pope understood that the plague was a chastisement from God, and encouraged the faithful to repent of their sins and pray for deliverance, while he and the religious cared for the people of Rome. Finally, the saint called for a procession to take place at dawn on April 25th. On that day the faithful first assembled in their groups throughout Rome and then walked through the streets of the city praying and singing as they approached the church of Saint Mary Major. The plague was so potent at that time that eighty people collapsed and died as they walked toward the meeting place.
Pope Gregory met them upon their arrival, joining them in prayer as he took his place with them holding aloft the miraculous image of Our Lady painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist. As the procession neared the Vatican, the participants all saw Saint Michael the Archangel standing upon the cupola of Hadrian’s Mausoleum as he sheathed his flaming sword. It was a sign that the chastisement had come to an end, and at once the heaviness in the air abated and the air itself seemed to freshen and clear. The plague indeed had ended as the faithful rejoiced and lifted up their voices to thank the Mother of God. "Regina Coeli laetare, Alleluia! (Queen of heaven, rejoice, Alleluia!) Quia quem meruisti portare, Alleluia! (Son whom you merited to bear, Alleluia!) Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia! (He has risen as He said, Alleluia!)
Why hasn't Pope Francis and his cardinals shown this same humility? The COVID-19 crisis is a punishment for sin, especially the sins in the Church, but unfortunately the Church is not responding to this chastisement.
Clerical Repentance Needed
What God expects is for the pope and bishops to open up the churches and go upon their knees, acknowledging sincerely that their manifold sins against the Faith—Communion in the hand, ecumenism, socializing in church, bowing to Pachamama, colluding with U.N. pro-abortion advocates, allowing women on the altar, appointing homosexuals to clerical positions—have brought this plague upon us. According to Bishop Schneider, the Eucharist has been trampled underfoot for the past fifty years through the pestilent practice of Communion in the hand. Is it any wonder that we're being punished?
Now is the time to make amends, so a healthy amendment is for clergy and laity to make public reparation in the churches, confessing sincerely that they have offended by their modern-day attempts to change the Catholic Church. The present crisis is a wake-up call to either cleanse the Church of modernism or suffer a just punishment in the form of communist oppression and slavery.
Already, the storm clouds of socialism are gathering, so this is no time to close the churches but to bring the people into the Church that they may be on their knees in reparation to God who is "much offended."
The choice is ours!