US Bishops Urge Catholic Response to Coronavirus

Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace; Sean Callahan, president of Catholic Relief Services; and Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, issued a statement addressing the Catholic response to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Their joint statement follows:

“As communities and public health officials respond to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China and closely monitor its presence and progression in other parts of the world, we join in solidarity and prayer for those impacted or working to treat those infected by the disease. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, and the Catholic Health Association of the United States hope that governments will work together in partnership to improve all nations’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to this virus.

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Revolution, Mary, and the Modern Feminist Morass

As we discussed in our first part, Protestantism removed the cult of the Virgin Mary and with it the living authority of the Church. The reason that Protestantism was able to gain such ground was due to the power it gave to kings to overturn the authority of the Church. With no check on their power, the kings could now become tyrants who exercised their power no longer in a traditional system of duties and oaths (as in the limited monarchies before this period), but in the model of the old pagan emperors who ruled as if they were God [1].

As we discussed, this tyranny was first on display in family life in the relationship of a man with his wife. The Protestants justified the shameful adultery of King Henry VIII and the multiple wives of Lutheran prince Philip. As we have said, Marian devotion was thrown out along with devotion to Holy Mother Church, and thus also the reverence due to the queen mother or any princess as well. Without restraints on fallen masculinity, the kings could now dominate without limits — whether women or lands.

Meanwhile, the Catholic monarchs, too, imitating the Protestant kings, sought to become even more tyrannical and control the Church for their own gain. It was to a Catholic monarch that the infamous absolutist saying is attributed: l’état c’est moi (“I am the state”) [2].

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Christ is hope for the Church and the world, Archbishop Perez says at installation

Philadelphia, Pa., Feb 18, 2020 / 04:48 pm (CNA).- The hope of Christ is far more profound than hope as the world defines it, Archbishop Nelson Perez said during his homily at his installation Mass as Archbishop of Philadelphia on Tuesday.

“Hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised, and its strength is in his faithfulness. That’s hope,” Perez said.

He said that he chose “Jesus: Hope for the World” as the theme of the celebration of his installation.

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Elderly Chinese bishop recovers from coronavirus

Nanyang, China, Feb 18, 2020 / 04:23 pm (CNA).- Bishop Joseph Zhu Baoyu, Bishop Emeritus of Nanyang, has recovered from coronavirus. At age 98, he is among the oldest infected patients to have recovered.

Bishop Zhu was diagnosed with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus, Feb. 3. He was treated at a hospital in Nanyang, in China’s Henan province, and was said to be no longer infected Feb. 14.

In mainland China the fatality rate from coronavirus is 2.3%, though that figure jumps to nearly 15% for those 80 years or older.

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Manila Bishop: Young People are the Core of Fight for Life

The young people are at the core of the fight for life because they will bear the impact of “anti-life” policies, a Catholic bishop said, reported CBCP News on February 17, 2020.

Speaking at this year’s “walk for life” in Quezon City over the weekend, Bishop Broderick Pabillo warned against “bad policies” that would affect the next generation.

“We should speak now because once these legislations are in place, it would be hard to overturn these laws and many people will be affected, especially the youth,” Pabillo said.

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