„The truth will make you free“ said Jesus Christ to his disciples (verse John 8 : 32).
His words are carved in stone in the original Headquarters Building (OHB) of the Central Intelligence Agency .
„And Ye Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make You Free. „
*Veritas liberabit vos.
Chiama le persone che sono pure di cuore
At a time of most serious crisis, we Pastors of the Catholic Church, by virtue of our mission, consider it our sacred duty to make an appeal to our confreres in the episcopate, to the clergy, to the religious, to the holy people of God, and to all men and women of good will. This appeal is also signed by intellectuals, doctors, lawyers, journalists and other professionals who agree with its content. It can be signed by all who wish to make it their own.
The facts have shown that under the pretext of the Covid 19 epidemic, in many cases inalienable rights of citizens are violated and their fundamental freedoms are disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted, including the right to freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of movement. Public health must not and cannot become an alibi to violate the rights of millions of people around the world, let alone to relieve civil authorities of their duty to act with wisdom for the common good. This is all the more urgent as doubts are raised from various quarters about the actual contagiousness, dangerousness, and resistance of the virus: Many authoritative voices from the world of science and medicine confirm that the alarmism of the media about Covid-19 does not seem to be justified in any way.
We have reason to believe – based on the official data on the epidemic in terms of the number of deaths – that there are forces interested in creating panic in the world population. In this way, they want to permanently impose on society forms of unacceptable restriction of freedom, controlling people and monitoring their movements. The imposition of these unfreedom measures is a disturbing prelude to the creation of a world government that is beyond all control.
We also believe that in some situations the containment measures, including the closure of stores and businesses, have led to a crisis that has brought whole sectors of the economy to a standstill and favors the interference of foreign powers, with serious social and political repercussions.
These forms of social manipulation must be ended by those who have governmental responsibility, taking measures to protect the citizens whose representatives they are and in whose interests they must act according to their serious duty. They must help the family, the nucleus of society, and avoid unduly penalizing weak and elderly people and forcing them into painful separations from their loved ones. The criminalization of personal and social relationships must be condemned as an unacceptable part of a project to promote the isolation of individuals in order to better manipulate and control them.
We urge the scientific community to ensure that the medical treatment of Covid-19 is promoted with sincere concern for the common good, and thus to most carefully avoid allowing dubious business interests to influence the decisions of governments and international agencies. It is unreasonable to outlaw medicines that have been proven effective and are often cost-effective in order to prioritize instead treatments or vaccines that are not equally effective but guarantee pharmaceutical companies higher profits, but which increase public health costs. We also recall, as pastors, that it is morally unacceptable for Catholics to be treated with vaccines that use material from aborted fetuses to produce them.
We also call on those in power to ensure that forms of control over people, whether through tracking systems or any other form of localization, are strictly avoided. The fight against Covid-19, however serious it may be, must not be used as a pretext to support opaque intentions of supranational organizations and groups that have very strong political and economic interests in this project. In particular, citizens must be given the opportunity to reject such restrictions on personal freedoms without incurring any adverse sanctions for those who do not wish to make use of vaccines, tracking systems or other similar tools.
Note also the obvious inconsistency of those who, on the one hand, pursue a policy of drastic population reduction and, on the other, at the same time present themselves as saviors of humanity, although they have no legitimacy whatsoever, either political or social. Finally, the political responsibility of those who represent the people cannot in any case be entrusted to „experts“ who – and this is truly disturbing – claim for themselves forms of criminal immunity.
We urge the media to actively commit to accurate information disclosure and not to punish dissent by exercising forms of censorship, as is now widespread in social media, the press and television. Proper information dissemination means giving space to other voices that differ from the prevailing opinion. Only in this way is it possible for citizens to evaluate reality with a conscious mind, without being unduly influenced by partisan interference. Democratic and honest debate is the best antidote to the danger of subtle forms of dictatorship, probably even worse forms than those our society has seen emerge and perish in the recent past.
Finally, as shepherds responsible for Christ’s flock, let us remember that the Church emphatically claims autonomy in governance, worship, and proclamation. This autonomy and freedom of the Church is a fundamental right given to her by the Lord Jesus Christ, so that she can pursue the goals that are proper to her. For this reason, as pastors, we strongly claim the right to decide independently on the celebration of Holy Mass and the sacraments. We likewise demand recognition of our full autonomy in all matters that fall within the direct competence of ecclesiastical authority, such as the liturgical norms and legal guidelines for the administration of Holy Communion and the administration of the sacraments. The State has no right whatsoever to interfere with the sovereignty of the Church for any reason whatsoever. Ecclesiastical authorities have never refused to cooperate with the state, but such cooperation does not authorize civil authorities, in any form whatsoever, to impose prohibitions or restrictions on public worship and pastoral care. The rights of God and of the faithful are the supreme law of the Church, which it neither can nor will abrogate. We therefore demand that restrictions on the celebration of public worship be lifted.
We invite all men of good will not to shirk their duty to cooperate for the common good, each according to his status and possibilities and in a spirit of brotherly charity. The Church desires such cooperation, for which, however, neither respect for natural law nor the guarantee of individual liberties may be dispensed with. The civil duties of citizens, on the one hand, imply the recognition of their rights by the State, on the other.
We are all called to judge the current facts in accordance with the teaching of the Gospel. This requires a decision: either with Christ or against Christ! Let us not be intimidated or even frightened by those who would have us believe that we are only a minority: goodness is much more widespread and powerful than the world would have us believe. We are fighting an invisible enemy who wants to divide citizens among themselves, separate children from their parents, grandchildren from their grandparents, believers from their pastors, students from their teachers, and customers from salespeople. Let’s not allow centuries of Christian civilization to be wiped out under the pretext of a virus in order to set up a despicable technocratic tyranny in which people whose names and faces you don’t know can decide the fate of the world by banishing us to a virtual reality. If this is the plan by which the powerful of this world want to bend us, let them know that Jesus Christ, King and Lord of history, promised that the powers of darkness will not prevail (cf. Mt 16:18).
Let us entrust the rulers and all those who direct the destiny of the nations to Almighty God, so that He may enlighten and guide them in this difficult moment of crisis. They should remember that just as the Lord will judge us shepherds for His flock that He has entrusted to us, He will also judge the rulers whose duty it is to defend and guide their people well.
Let us pray to the Lord with firm faith that He may protect the Church and the world. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, help of Christians, crush the head of the old serpent and destroy the plans of the sons of darkness.
May 8, 2020
on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii
*The appeal was originally written as a list of signatures and has only recently been removed from the web. It was written by Catholic clergy from Rome.
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