IRELAND – extreme COVID-1984 repression – OUTDOOR confession illegal

The last acceptable prejudice.

I, for one, welcome our Great Reset Overlords.

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(While you still can.)

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  1. RichR says:

    I don’t think any of us would have predicted this back in January 2020. When are people going to fight back?

  2. DBuote says:

    People are now desensitized to these thing now. In Eastern Canada, we have case counts in the low teens every week and we see people commenting that they want tougher restrictions!

  3. ChrisP says:

    This what you get when you have an openly Communist supporting Taoiseach (Michael Martin was the first Irish MP to travel to Cuba some 10yrs ago) mixed in with the Green Party, all playing tag team with a scion of the vehemently anti-Christian LGBT movement (previous Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, now deputy, is due to switch back to Taoiseach in 2022) to mould Ireland in their graven image.

    Sounds a bit Russian really.

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  5. iamlucky13 says:

    Interesting. I’m not generally surprised when governments ignore what the research says about topics like the risk of outdoor transmission in order to justify new restrictions. Disappointed, but not surprised.

    To be sure, the Republic of Ireland had a big spike in infections and deaths recently, which even slightly exceeded the severity of the first wave they faced last year when we all had far less knowledge about how serious the pandemic would be and what the most appropriate countermeasures were. It is understandable that they re-enacted many restrictions.

    However, that peaked 2-1/2 months ago. The rate has fallen nearly 85% since then. And again, we know that the risk of spread is significantly reduced outdoors.

  6. JustaSinner says:

    Considering St Patrick ram the snakes out…old scratch and the snakes are striking back with vengeance!!!

  7. arthad says:

    Meanwhile, a much more positive development in Scotland:

  8. ChesterFrank says:

    The problem with these outdoor confessions is that can significantly contribute to the spread (of the faith), which could potentially go viral. That is the last thing (liberal) government wants, so they will do everything beyond their (legal) powers to #StopTheSpread.

  9. APX says:

    This reminds of the book, With God in Russia when the priest heard confessions while the workers walked repeatedly past him in a circle while carrying bricks without stopping, except with social distancing that’s a thing of the past. Will have to start writing down confessions and covertly passing them to the priest while walking by and be discreetly absolved from a distance.

  10. Semper Gumby says:

    Bishop Schneider (see “Christus Vincit”) expresses support for Catholics in Ireland. Elsewhere in today’s Catholic Arena article:

    “Groups of 15 can now meet in public from Monday to dance and play the bongos, but if one of them is a priest, he can only sing and dance with people but not say Mass. These restrictions, their inconsistencies and the selective application of them are not merely absurd, they are evil.

    “Nonetheless, lay Catholics have been trying to muster opposition.

    “Last week, many groups gathered across the South (Mass has resumed in the North) to pray the Rosary in front of their closed churches. The campaign has gained much support and good will from across the world, with even more rosaries now set to take place this coming Sunday.”

    Here is one creative tactic employed by a Protestant pastor in California last November, where strip clubs are “essential” but not churches (which obviously do a better job of forming solid citizens than strip clubs):

    ‘Pastor McCoy removed his tie to music before beginning his church sermon this past Sunday “so his church can become a ‘strip club’ which is deemed “essential” by California Governor Gavin Newsom.” McCoy said that he would ask Gov. Huckabee to “bail me out” if he got in trouble.”

    (Sure, that’s not for everyone, still, make your parish or church or synagogue essential.)

    I haven’t had time to listen, but here are several videos of Irish priests who have something to say:

    The Rosary rallies, held each Sunday outside many of Ireland’s locked churches, seem to be growing slowly but steadily.

    From The Quiet Man: “Well it’s a nice, soft night, so I think I’ll go and join me comrades and talk a little treason.”

    [Great movie.]

  11. PaulusFranciscus says:

    Where are their Bishops in all of this?

    This is a flagrant violation of the right to exercise one’s religion. This is a regulation crying out to be challenged in Court.

  12. PaulusFranciscus says:

    Where are their Bishops in all of this?

    This is a flagrant violation of the right to exercise one’s religion. This is a regulation crying out to be challenged in Court.

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  15. Ages says:

    Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

    Where is Peter?

  16. LeeGilbert says:

    Ages, you ask, “Where is Peter?” Maybe he is Calgary modelling how it’s done for popes, bishops and priests. If only seminaries from here on out would screen this clip in Pastoral Theology classes.

    This is one of the most heartening, amazing things I’ve seen the whole past year, this clip at 6:18 for about 2:30. This is the obedience that sanctifies, the vir in virtue. I’ve been so struck by the puerility of not only the Church, but the entire body politic.

    As if he took Nero Caesar as his model, the Governor says, in effect, “Commit social/economic/ecclesial suicide” and we say, “Okay. Whatever you think best.”

    A Church Father says, I think, that the Church grows by enduring, not by resisting, but Charles Martel resisted, thanks be to God. The English bishops under Henry VII “endured,” that is, complied. Unless we find some moral outrage somewhere in our collective psyche we are going to be enduring a communist takeover, incredibly. It is already well underway.

  17. APX says:

    Perhaps now would be a good time for priests to start using the votive Mass for the Defence of the Church whenever liturgically possible.

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