18 March 2020

CLOSED: What Are We Telling People?

The priest just phoned me.  The Diocese has closed all the churches in the north of Scotland.  I am horrified.  I maintain that this is the absolute WRONG thing to do in the face of this pandemic.  I don't believe that this will have any effect on anything, other than depriving the Faithful; it is not going to change or divert or prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

So the church is closed, but the shopping mall is open.  That pretty much sums up the state of our society and culture. 

O God, come to our aid.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Of course, I realise that the sporting events are cancelled, as well, and that this virus is more than mud on the road or a little rain.  However, there does seem to be a grain of truth here regarding the situation of today.  It feels like some in the Church are looking for an excuse to panic, to close the church, and to deny the Faithful.

The world and its governments and all the little bureacratic civil authorities are most certainly the playthings of the devil.  

What a sad, sad day this is.  And again, I say that we are sending the message of the devil to the unbelieving world, and not the message of the Gospel.

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