Last night when I heard on Martha MacCallum’s show on FNC that Jesuit homosexualist activist Fr. James Martin was up to talk about the lockdown and reopening of churches after Pres. Trump’s comments about opening places of worship, I had a sinking feeling.
Sure enough, the Jesuit’s comments were absolutely cringe worthy. Even Martha was a little embarrassed. At the end, she made an effort to be kind.
LINK TO THE VIDEO HERE
[I had embedded the video, but the vexatious video player is set to autoplay. So if you don’t have an adblocker everybody who loads this page gets a dose of Martin’s voice, thus spoiling their visits here. I am merciful. Hence, I’ve removed the dratted video player and replaced it with a link.]
Martin admits that churches are essential, but then he trashed the idea that anyone – in this time of lockdown – should go to church. He said that opening up church is just going to lead to more infections and “more death”. “We need to listen to public health officials and epidemiologists first.”
Martha came back with, “What is your definition of safe?”
Martin responded with the example of a couple of churches that, some time ago, reopened and people got sick. Then he doubled down with, “We have to listen to the experts and not look at this as a political issue.” A POLITICAL ISSUE!
It’s POLITICAL! After all, TRUMP said churches should open!
Martha responded with statistics. 99.8% of people who contract COVID-1984 recover. She asked, in effect, don’t we have to learn to cope with this and get life going again?
Martin: “At some point we do, but I’m not sure if that point is now or not. … Why put anyone at risk?”
Martha admits that the vulnerable should stay home. Then she cites a doctor from Stanford and that “It’s more dangerous to stay in lockdown.” People staying in lockdown have many other problems. People need to go to church, etc.
Martin, however, wasn’t overly concerned about what people might be suffering (like depression, not treating other illnesses, being broke, suicide attempts). After all… DEATH! If there is a chance that someone might infect someone else, churches should not open until the EXPERTS say so… not the President. Because… POLITICAL! Right?
Martin: “You may be sad and missing people, but is that worth if you are asymptomatic going in and shaking someone’s hand or sharing the Communion cup and getting someone sick and having them die.”
What bubble is this guy in? There is a cliche about Jesuits and liturgy, but where, I ask, are people today – even if they can get into a church – shaking hands and sharing the cup?!?
It strikes me that he is so enmeshed in a specific type of “liturgy” that he can’t imagine, simply cannot conceive of, a Mass in which people don’t do those things.
And, of course, it all leads to DEATH!
Toward the end of the video Martha stares at him in her monitor with incredulity. She was clearly disappointed by his responses, and I don’t blame her one little bit.
This would have been a very different segment if she had invited Fr. Gerald Murray to comment. He’s also in NYC, by the way.
Martin, Jesuit and modernist and political liberal that he is, reduces the reopening of churches to a political issue. He scaremongers with “DEATH!” He is entirely without a clue as to what dioceses, even the one he lives in, are doing concerning social distancing and hygiene at Masses. Like the tyrannic democrat martinets who have political power now, he would keep everyone under lockdown indefinitely and to hell with individual lives.
Martin’s response about people locked in with depression and fear was chilling.
What irony. Pres. Trump, concerned with people’s real lives, says we need churches open and more prayer. Martin the Jesuit says that’s political. People are “sad”? Too bad.
Fellows like this Jesuit are all about the “seamless garment” right? We must not be single issue voters! We shouldn’t talk about abortion as much as we do. Instead, we should talk even more about the death penalty, and “gay” rights, and global warming, and the plight of the poor. Libs, supposedly so flexible in their thinking, so broadminded in their perspective, easily balance all sorts of issues simultaneously, effortlessly. Conservatives, however, are just too stupid to see the “big picture”.
But here’s the Jesuit homosexualist activist (pretty much a one issue guy, by the way) saying that it doesn’t make a difference if you are “sad” right now, if there is even a slight risk that you are going to KILL SOMEONE – YOU PERSONALLY will inflict DEATH!!! – by going to church, then the churches should remained locked until experts say they can open. Never mind about all the other important issues: skyrocketing calls to suicide crisis lines, people not getting diagnosed or treated for other ailments because they are afraid to go to the doctor or can’t get in, gargantuan unemployment, businesses – the work of lifetimes – closing perhaps never to reopen. Those are COVID-1984 issues too!
What about a seamless garment when considering the impact of Coronavirus?
Maybe those other issues need a response other than a lockdown?
Would it occur to a Catholic priest that there are things worse than physical death and that death isn’t the end?
No no! Because…. you know… DEATH! No flexibility is to be tolerated.
Come to think of it, had Pres. Trump said that we should keep the churches closed, Martin would probably have said, “We should open the churches as soon as possible. Let’s not make this a POLITICAL issue. After all… people… locked down in their homes, alone! There’s…. DEATH!”
What Fr. Martin doesn’t get, but that we understood immediately, is that Pres. Trump can’t open a single Catholic church by presidential order. Only bishops can do that. Only the bishops can establish the safety conditions under which churches may reopen.
Pres. Trump deftly made it possible for bishops to do their jobs, even in the face of despotic governors and mayors.
President Trump gave our bishops cover. Because, you know… it’s POLITICAL. Right?
I’ve changed my mind. I’m delighted that Fr Martin was on last night. Many more people need to know how he and his side thinks.
A friend sent a link to an article HERE that says that
Doctors in Northern California say they have seen more deaths from suicide than they’ve seen from the coronavirus during the pandemic.
“The numbers are unprecedented,” Dr. Michael deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, told ABC 7 News about the increase of deaths by suicide, adding that he’s seen a “year’s worth of suicides” in the last four weeks alone.
By late March, more people had died in just one Tennessee county from suicide than had died in the entire state directly from the virus.
A study published in early May suggested that the coronavirus could lead to at least 75,000 deaths directly brought on by anxiety from the virus, job losses, and addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Another study conducted by Just Facts around the same time computed a broad array of scientific data showing that stress is one of the deadliest health hazards in the world and estimated that the coronavirus lockdowns will destroy 7 times as many years of human life than strict lockdowns can save.
Earlier this week, more than 600 doctors signed their names on a letter to President Trump, referring to the continued lockdowns as a “mass casualty incident” and urging him to do what he can to ensure they come to an end.
Gosh, it’s really too bad that they’re “sad”, isn’t it James?