A Fault in Our Church

Updated: May 24, 2021



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Over the course of the last year, the world has been in utter chaos. As a result of Covid-19, far more has happened on the spiritual level than on the physical. Throughout the animosity of the past year, many people have been going insane over the possibility of death in their life. It has caused a social, political, economic, and most importantly a spiritual crisis. The moment someone steps outside, goes to work, turns on the news or even goes to the grocery store, he is blasted with fear-mongering media that he can’t escape. The narrative is written as such: “We must do whatever it takes to prevent the spread of this virus.” When the media says“whatever” it takes, they really mean anything and everything, even when it obviously comes at the expense of the public good. The purpose of this is not to address the ills of the politically fueled media or the many tragedies that have taken place because of this virus. The purpose is to address the hypocrisy in our Church today in playing along with the media’s game.


For much of the last several generations, Catholics have been able to live out their faith with little to no backlash. Much of their faith was expressed in the shadows of the public sphere. Our spiritual lives had never involved the lives of other people unless we actively sought out evangelization. In a public or workplace setting, it has been taboo to talk about religion of any kind. Most people in America were able to live out their spiritual lives without facing any scrutiny from the public. However, with Covid-19 making its way to our soil, our “personal” faith life has become anything but personal. Now, our religious practice, especially within the Catholic faith, has been actively persecuted by the government.


The first strike came when the state governments began mandating the closure of churches in the United States. All public religious services were deemed “non-essential.” For a practicing Catholic, what are you to make of this? Our faith requires us to attend and participate in Mass at least once a week. Due to this restriction, various Catholic churches were forced to hold Mass online or defy the government mandate and hold underground Mass. The leniency of the Magisterium gave practicing Catholics the option for “spiritual communion” and the mandate to attend Mass every week was removed due to the extreme conditions of the world brought about by the virus. Yes, it is within the power of the Magisterium to make both actions but does that make it right? For centuries, our Catholic faith was the foundation that we leaned on when trouble arose. When deadly plagues (far more fatal than Covid-19) made their way through populations, people were recommended to attend Mass more and receive the sacraments more frequently. What most people chiefly do not understand is the importance and beauty of the Catholic Mass. This is not any old church service that we could perform in the isolation of our home. We are literally living the Last Supper every time we go to Mass. We are literally receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Please tell me, how does the government have the authority to strip God from people’s lives? The answer is, it does not.


The second strike came with the institution of the vaccine. Each vaccine that has been produced has some ties to aborted babies whether it was in the manufacturing or the research. Again, the Magisterium is stuck to make another humanitarian decision. Is it morally acceptable to take a vaccine that has ties to aborted babies? The Catholic Church says yes because it comes down to the level of remoteness. The vaccines that are “farther” from the abortion of the baby are recommended. They even say that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is morally appropriate if it’s the only vaccine available, even though fetal stem cells were used in the manufacturing of each vaccine.[1] The logic and theology that the Catholic Church uses is correct. Even though there is some tie to abortion down the line, it is morally acceptable to take the vaccine because it prevents other lives from dying. It is similar to the teaching on fatal pregnancies. If there is only one option to have a baby live during birth and it results in the absolute death of the mother; the mother can have a morally valid option to prevent the baby from being born to save her own life. This is only done as a side-effect when attempting to save the woman’s life. It is done with the intent to save the mother; not to abort the child. However, this is only used in extreme circumstances with no other option, and it is a very rare occurrence.[2] This logic becomes weak when we learn that the act of delivering a baby (live or early) can also save the mother’s life, without necessarily euthanizing the preborn child. The issue with the Church and the vaccines is not the reason behind the decision to allow the vaccines. It is the lack of emphasis they put on personal liberty for the individual’s decision because of the ties to abortion. Not only is it “permitted” by the Catholic Church, but it is highly “recommended” that everyone receives the vaccine.[3] What happened to St. John Paul II saying the ''ultimate test of America's greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless ones, those as yet unborn?''[4] Those Catholics that still believe in this teaching and refuse to take part in playing with evil, now feel abandoned by their own Church. Why are we not taking a stand for this?

The Catholic Church has stood firm for the last 2000 years. Through famine, disease, communism, fascism, natural disaster, scandal, and persecution we still stand. The reason being, we are not of this world. We have not conformed our teaching to the likeness of the secular media and culture. As long as the people still live, the Church still stands. However, as the Church begins to become more “accepting” of other ideologies, we water down the very truth that has been keeping us alive for 2000 years. Do you think St. Ignatius, St. Joan of Arc, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Lawrence, or many other saints, would have succumbed to the government's wishes to stop performing Mass or take part in the death of hundreds of thousands of aborted babies each year no matter the level of remoteness? These people would be ashamed of the “practicing” Catholics of the modern-day. They put their very lives on the line for Jesus in the face of living Hell and we can’t even put our lives on the line even for 0.5%* fatality rate.

Over the course of the last year, the world has been in utter chaos. As a result of Covid-19, far more has happened on the spiritual level than on the physical. Throughout the animosity of the past year, many people have been going insane over the possibility of death in their life. It has caused a social, political, economic, and most importantly a spiritual crisis. The moment someone steps outside, goes to work, turns on the news or even goes to the grocery store, he is blasted with fear-mongering media that he can’t escape. The narrative is written as such: “We must do whatever it takes to prevent the spread of this virus.” When the media says“whatever” it takes, they really mean anything and everything, even when it obviously comes at the expense of the public good. The purpose of this is not to address the ills of the politically fueled media or the many tragedies that have taken place because of this virus. The purpose is to address the hypocrisy in our Church today in playing along with the media’s game.


For much of the last several generations, Catholics have been able to live out their faith with little to no backlash. Much of their faith was expressed in the shadows of the public sphere. Our spiritual lives had never involved the lives of other people unless we actively sought out evangelization. In a public or workplace setting, it has been taboo to talk about religion of any kind. Most people in America were able to live out their spiritual lives without facing any scrutiny from the public. However, with Covid-19 making its way to our soil, our “personal” faith life has become anything but personal. Now, our religious practice, especially within the Catholic faith, has been actively persecuted by the government.


The first strike came when the state governments began mandating the closure of churches in the United States. All public religious services were deemed “non-essential.” For a practicing Catholic, what are you to make of this? Our faith requires us to attend and participate in Mass at least once a week. Due to this restriction, various Catholic churches were forced to hold Mass online or defy the government mandate and hold underground Mass. The leniency of the Magisterium gave practicing Catholics the option for “spiritual communion” and the mandate to attend Mass every week was removed due to the extreme conditions of the world brought about by the virus. Yes, it is within the power of the Magisterium to make both actions but does that make it right? For centuries, our Catholic faith was the foundation that we leaned on when trouble arose. When deadly plagues (far more fatal than Covid-19) made their way through populations, people were recommended to attend Mass more and receive the sacraments more frequently. What most people chiefly do not understand is the importance and beauty of the Catholic Mass. This is not any old church service that we could perform in the isolation of our home. We are literally living the Last Supper every time we go to Mass. We are literally receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Please tell me, how does the government have the authority to strip God from people’s lives? The answer is, it does not.


The second strike came with the institution of the vaccine. Each vaccine that has been produced has some ties to aborted babies whether it was in the manufacturing or the research. Again, the Magisterium is stuck to make another humanitarian decision. Is it morally acceptable to take a vaccine that has ties to aborted babies? The Catholic Church says yes because it comes down to the level of remoteness. The vaccines that are “farther” from the abortion of the baby are recommended. They even say that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is morally appropriate if it’s the only vaccine available, even though fetal stem cells were used in the manufacturing of each vaccine.[1] The logic and theology that the Catholic Church uses is correct. Even though there is some tie to abortion down the line, it is morally acceptable to take the vaccine because it prevents other lives from dying. It is similar to the teaching on fatal pregnancies. If there is only one option to have a baby live during birth and it results in the absolute death of the mother; the mother can have a morally valid option to prevent the baby from being born to save her own life. This is only done as a side-effect when attempting to save the woman’s life. It is done with the intent to save the mother; not to abort the child. However, this is only used in extreme circumstances with no other option, and it is a very rare occurrence.[2] This logic becomes weak when we learn that the act of delivering a baby (live or early) can also save the mother’s life, without necessarily euthanizing the preborn child. The issue with the Church and the vaccines is not the reason behind the decision to allow the vaccines. It is the lack of emphasis they put on personal liberty for the individual’s decision because of the ties to abortion. Not only is it “permitted” by the Catholic Church, but it is highly “recommended” that everyone receives the vaccine.[3] What happened to St. John Paul II saying the ''ultimate test of America's greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless ones, those as yet unborn?''[4] Those Catholics that still believe in this teaching and refuse to take part in playing with evil, now feel abandoned by their own Church. Why are we not taking a stand for this?

The Catholic Church has stood firm for the last 2000 years. Through famine, disease, communism, fascism, natural disaster, scandal, and persecution we still stand. The reason being, we are not of this world. We have not conformed our teaching to the likeness of the secular media and culture. As long as the people still live, the Church still stands. However, as the Church begins to become more “accepting” of other ideologies, we water down the very truth that has been keeping us alive for 2000 years. Do you think St. Ignatius, St. Jo