Monday, 18 May 2020

The Only Safe Space in the World



Virus normalcy, the so-called 'new normal', is for Christians almost certainly more abhorrent than it is for people of other religions and of no faith. Of course, we have people of other religions (Freemasons) and of no faith (atheists) in the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church and that is probably our biggest problem, as well as the fact that Pope Francis (wildly popular with Freemasons and atheists) leads the way in this feature of modern Catholic life. None were more keen to adapt to the new normal as Francis and none will I suspect be so keen as he to lead us to whatever hellish, inhuman, dystopian landscape the new normal leads us. Nearly all Bishops fell like dominos after Francis and we should never forget that terrifying precedent. Let us pray we are not reminded in Autumn.

Schools start opening amid Covid-19, but for children nothing is ...The reason that I would argue the new normal is incompatible with Christianity is because ours is a passionately human Faith, our Faith loves our humanity in its imperfection and its vulnerability, because even though it is divine, it is incarnational. It is viscerally human. Our God is the Lord who spits on the earth to form clay and uses it to open the eyes of men born blind. God risks everything to show us His love. The Lord condescends to become human, to experience our frailty, to win us. Our Faith teaches us that we don't readily seek out transmittable illness and suffering for ourselves, but that because God is with us, whether we live or whether we die, we inhabit a vale of tears in which risk is unavoidable. Everything in this world is temporary, including us.

Our Saints, our mystics, our Church fathers taught us that we should live in this world as we in reality are, as if we are passing through, as vulnerable and as short-lived in the sight of God, as a votive candle lit in the evening that burns down and is gone by the morning. St Francis of Assisi, St Clare of Assisi, so many Saints taught us that neither wealth nor health offer any valuable protection in this world, God alone is our Guardian and Protector, our Provider and our Saviour.

Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck in Malta
St Paul: Shipwrecked in Malta, risk-levels high
If we live, says St Paul, we live for the Lord and if we die, says the Apostle to the Gentiles, we die for the Lord. Our death and judgement is meant to be at the forefront of our minds, not to produce terror within us, but holy and filial fear of offending God. If we sin, we are promised forgiveness if we sincerely repent. When we die, we want to be embraced by the Lord in His mercy and dwell forever in the presence of his holy ones. We live as men already under sentence of death, we hope for merciful reprieve from the Divine Majesty when we die. Our ordinary human state is corruptible and wretched, but we are made holy by God, the God who divinizes us with His very self and we are called to be holy both in body and soul. Our bodies, if faithful, will on the last day be glorified beyond all our understanding. Health in this world is a blessing, but perhaps even more of a blessing is to be chastened even in a small way in this world, so that we yearn for the next.


Godlessness produces societies governed by fear


Inimical to Christianity is the idea of the self-isolation of the human race, of sealing ourselves from dirt, bacteria and the potential proximate physical dangers inherent in the world, of seeing our humanity as diseased to the point of the fearful avoidance of others, of fearing real communion with others or with, God forgive us, our Eucharistic Lord. These things fly in the face of the Gospel we have received. We accept crosses, we understand that health is here today and could be gone tomorrow. Before us, all who lived have died, death approaches us all, and despite fact that we have never experienced it as individuals, the same prospect of death awaits us all. To those with even the greatest faith, death is an experiential unknown, a human mystery so profound we cannot begin to plumb its depths, as we slip away from a temporal realm, out of time itself and into eternity.

As Christians, we refuse to live our lives in any other world but the fallen world, the real world, but our souls and our minds are enlightened by the Holy Spirit, we are animated by the Spirit of Christ, He lives and works in us, we try not to impede His life in us as we strive to live in the power of the Holy Spirit in that world, to extend the Kingdom of God, to bring the light of Christ to others, to bring eternal Salvation to the world, the promise of Heaven to those who repent, who are baptised and who believe in the Lord Jesus and live by His Commandments. Jesus leads us in our Passover to the endless world where there is no sadness, no suffering, no illness, no death, only joy, for these former things have passed away.

On the Incarnation | Pursuing VeritasIn the first instance, our very understanding that God became man in Jesus Christ radically awakens in us a new reality, a new world, a new reality, a supernaturally new normal, as liberated adopted sons and daughters. In Jesus's suffering and death, we see the divine Person suffering in His humanity which is the same as our humanity, though He is sinless, having taken human flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, taking upon himself a human Body and offering it to His Father in His Passion and Death, taking it up to God the Father at His Ascension. Our Baptism has claimed us for God, it has not claimed us for the world and its dictates. We do not live to bring danger or harm to others, but we are a people for whom the whole concept of 'social distancing' is repellent. We are the very ones called to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, shelter the stranger, the homeless poor, visit the sick and imprisoned, embrace risk for Christ.

We see in the prevelance of a secular Government-led 'new normal' all the hallmarks of a Christless, hopeless world in which just about everything and everyone is in a real sense sacrificed upon the Altar of Public Health, the essential needs of our humanity for love and friendship, our humanity itself is sacrificed, ignoring the Sacrificial Victim immolated on the Altar in every Catholic Church. We are now asked even to worship health, by clapping on Thursdays. Almost all Government annoucements during the past eight weeks have been aimed at our most basic, primal fears, our fear of suffering and death and the suffering and death of our loved ones. All of these fears and terrors, Jesus experienced in His Agony in the Garden of Gethesemene. All of these fears we face or will face, with Him and in Him.

The Christless world cannot possibly defend itself against the panic-producing mantras of Government and media. We have all been taught to be afraid, children will be also, but the Lord it is who tells us, 'Be not afraid!' A Christless world cannot defend itself from Government that treats citizens as dumb, unteachable infants who need the Government's constant 'protection' from disease and suffering. The rejection of the Fatherhood of God leads inexorably to whole nations falling into the arms of the State which becomes presented to us as the ultimate protector and guardian of humanity, however tyrannical it becomes. Inherent in Government propaganda is the idea that illness, suffering and death are entirely unnatural, alien to our experience in this world, and that such things can and should be banished, at the cost of many intrinsic freedoms, despite the fact that people have been dying of transmittable or non-transmittable diseases in one form or another for thousands of years.


The Church: Ark of Salvation, Hospital for Sinners


For the Church, the adoption of a kind of pseudo-secular messianism, led by the new 'infallible' high priests of science and medicine, that proclaims humanity itself can save itself from even the threat of pestilence, whether the disease's survival rate is incredibly high or low, constitutes a major threat similar to and even more alarming than the neo-pagan belief adopted globally that humanity can save the seas, the air, the earth from climate change and that this should be a central concern to us all. Both ideas are ripe for exploitation by those who work for Antichrist and, if he's around, the Antichrist himself. For the Church, or at least the Hierarchy, to imitate Government in its web of deceitful doctrines that we can create a 'safe world', a 'disease-free future' in which the air and sea can be as clean as hands freshly washed and sanitised is a gross insult to God as well as a grotesque lie.

It is sin that imperils each and every one of us and threatens every day our eternal happiness. Nothing and nobody is truly safe, but for the man and woman who live in the grace, love and friendship of God and persevere in it to the end. Our Lord Jesus Christ established the Church to be the City of God in which men dwell with angels, not the City of Man in which men live under the constant influence and persuasion of demons and hostile powers. Christians and all men are already being guilt-tripped that by merely breathing they imperil the lives of their countrymen while Government slaughters the unborn and euthanises the infirm. No hospital is truly safe. The only safe hospital is the hospital for sinners: the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is the sole safe space in the world and, alas, for the vast majority of Catholics, that safe space has been locked by fearful Bishops. It is a safe space not because it is as sanitary and bacteria free as a clinical laboratory outside of Wuhan but because it is the place in which man meets his holy Redeemer who loves him, saves him and sanctifies him.

The Tabernacle with Adoring Angels - St. Magdalen de Pazzi Roman ...
Here in this place, God dwells with men

There a man or woman can find refuge from a hostile world that seeks man's downfall in a thousand ways. Before the Tabernacle, man can be close to the Heart of God, the Heart of Jesus Christ and pour out his soul, he can weep for his sins more readily in this sacred and safe space where God resides. In this safe space, guarded by holy angels, holy water and holy images, man can entrust all his most sordid and guilty secrets to a Confessor who acting in the Person of Christ, will bring healing and heavenly consolation and strength to the penitent sinner. Sinners, lost in a world of confusion, dread, anguish of soul, can obtain forgiveness here as in no other place in the world. Man can ascend the highest mountain peak and be no closer to God than he was at street level, yet he can walk mere yards into a Catholic Church and find Him there and be found.

None of us wants to lose anyone close to us earlier than we think they should die, but we run the greater risk of thinking of ourselves as minature gods who can defeat death by a power or method rejected by God Himself. God's way of defeating death was to defeat it masterfully by the power of the Cross, the acceptance of the Chalice of suffering in order to obtain for us a deathless death, a death which leads to our birth to true, eternal Life. Death will either become for us a supreme sacrament of love that unites us eventually and eternally to God the Most High, or plunge us into eternal death, shame, terror and sorrow. Our judgement will unveil for us our whole life, our exterior life and our inner life, a fearful thing, but our Lord calls us to prepare by a holy life, not by a life lived in fear of microbes, where the fear of transmission surpasses and extirpates the fear of the Lord. Whether we are near or far from God, weak or strong, He wants us to trust Him and live for Him, love Him, die for Him and in die in Him.

We cannot both forget God and be fully alive


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Whatever you think of the risks of transmission, this is not edifying at all.
We can take some precautions in this world, but in reality the Christian life acknowledges a world of risk, Jesus Christ established the Church precisely because it is a world of risk and the greatest risk of all time, for all times until His Second Coming, is the risk that we will be eternally lost to God, the risk that in our concern for temporal comfort and temporal protection from all this world can assail us with, that we will forget God. The great crime of Bishops is that they have contributed so much to the idea that we can forget God in times of pandemic, that the only safe space on Earth can be locked, that God and His Church are not as important as health, health which is always transient, that we can be saved by anything but the Precious Blood of Jesus. May God raise up Shepherds who will teach us that this world is passing and that nothing is as important as the love of God, nothing is as important as Salvation and nothing is as important as the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of Holy Love. Our Lord did not die bloodied on the Cross to create a hygienic, zealously sanitised world, but to wash away the world's sins in His Precious Blood, to make men zealous for His Salvation. We can all imagine and have already seen an episcopal response to the virus far more zealous for sanitation than for sanctification.

Fatima statue to visit churches in Fox Valley - Chicago TribuneIt is sad, though entirely predictable, that a post-Coronavirus world has given us a post-Coronavirus Pope Francis. Though marked by a radical streak of at times painfully staged Peronist populism, Romans presumably once enjoyed the Pope with the 'human touch', but the Francis who taught us to 'touch the flesh of Christ in the flesh of the poor' has died and the Francis who maintains whatever arbitary social distancing regulations the Government has mandated has arrived.

The leper kissing St Francis of Assisi belongs now firmly back in the 12th century, not the 21st. The Francis who kissed babies and men covered in boils has passed away to reveal the Francis for whom all mankind is a now a threat to other men. Who knows? Perhaps he will return to his 'touchy-feely' style, once Mr and Mrs Gates and their friends embedded in Governments have attempted to vaccinate seven billion bodies either with or without their consent. I'm certain Mr Gates will get a fair hearing in Rome and I personally dread the Hierarchy's response in the long-term to all that the powerful elites may wish to visit upon humanity, upon Christians, upon the Church.

We probably all have much to suffer, the Lord has warned us beforehand, but in the end the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph. Christ is victorious. Whatever we can do to contribute to that triumph over evil, even if it is only by our sufferings and our prayers joined to hers, may her maternal intercession for us embolden us to do it. Worse than Covid-19 is assuredly the tyranny that follows in its wake but worse than the tyranny that follows in its wake is the possibility of eternal damnation. There may be fearsome choices ahead, may Our Lord Jesus Christ give us grace to persevere in our Faith to the end.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
St Maximillian Kolbe, pray for us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.




18 comments:

Praypraypray said...

Thank you for your excellent article. All through this coronavirus/Covid-19 scare, I kept trying to tell people that there is so much propaganda & I’m NOT afraid of catching the virus, I’m just concerned about the absolute craziness surrounding it. I am concerned about how our rights are being taken away & how quickly & easily people/sheeple are giving up their rights & continue to do so more & more!
It was extremely upsetting to see them closing our churches & restricting access to Jesus & the Sacraments. I would have hoped that some people would have kept calm & would not acquiesce or would not allow them to take away our freedom of religion. When I saw that they closed the healing baths at Lourdes, I thought that was completely ridiculous. Where is the faith!?! What are the miraculous healing waters at Lourdes for, anyway!?!
Talk about FEAR ! Wow! People are crazy with FEAR! Unfortunately, sad to say, they do NOT trust God. I kept thinking of that verse in the Bible, wondering about when Jesus returns will He find any faith. I wonder even more about that, now, seeing how people reacted to this so-called pandemic.
Your article made me think about a quote that I sent to friends during this time in which too many are fearful... I found the quote that I sent to them when I was looking for a shirt online to replace a well used shirt of mine that reads, “With God, All Things All Possible.” I was pleasantly surprised to find a Hawaiian shirt with paintings of palm trees & the seashore & Saint Father Damien’s leper colony Church & a beautiful quote by Saint Mother Marianne Cope. She helped out with the lepers
&
was quoted as saying,
“I am not afraid of any disease, hence it would be my greatest delight ever to minister to the abandoned...”
Mother Marianne Cope & Father Damien were true Christians. They truly loved as Christ loves. They did not shy away from taking care of lepers even if there was a great possibility that they could die from leprosy themselves. They trusted God & decided to put their lives in His hands as they helped the lepers. Father Damien contracted leprosy, but as far as I’ve read, Mother Marianne & her religious sisters never did. Each did God’s will & accepted whatever God allowed in their lives. Father Damien & Mother Marianne are both declared saints, now, enjoying heaven with God.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13). Perfect love casts out all fear.
I pray that God will cast out all our fears & helps us to love as true Christians.

Anonymous said...

In the book "Dissolving Illusions, Dr. Suzanne Humphries tells us that the history of vaccines is shaky at very best. The diseases vaccines were designed to eradicate do not decrease because of vaccination, and these diseases were 90% gone because of increased healthy food, and sanitary conditions like clean water and sewers - vaccines do more harm than good - many will get these diseases after vaccination.

Please, people, please take a look at the facts, the evidence of the harm vaccines do. Especially dangerous are vaccines that are rushed into production before adequate testing. Ask: who is producing the vaccine? Who is paying for it? Who will be the test guinea pigs? I ask everyone to at least see the OTHER side of the question before holding out your arm.
Barbara Hvilivitzky
Canada

MarkV said...

Absolutely excellent article! There is great difficulty in working to be "more Catholic" when so much has been stripped away. Thank you for providing some relief towards a more noble end.

John Bronston said...

Amen. This article wonderfully articulates the current issues. The one missing element is that the reason Francis does nothing other than align himself with the globalist one world order group is because he is not the pope. He is in fact an anti-pope and therefore we should not be too saddened by his actions because they truly fit him. Pray for the Church and Pope Benedict now and forever.

Physiocrat said...

In my view it is not a good thing constantly to criticise the Pope or even to pay him attention. It is one of the tricks used by the devil to trap them.

The closure of churches should not impair anyone's private prayer life - on the contrary, we need to redouble our efforts and establish better habits and routines of prayer and spiritual reading. Retreat to the desert became a practice after Christianity become the state religion of Rome under Constantine, and the fall into the Arian heresy of the later fourth century. Some of the desert fathers did not attend church for months and sometimes years on end yet still attained spiritual perfection.

Since the epidemic began, many wonderful liturgies which have been made available on-line and can be watched prayerfully and attentively. It is also worth keeping in mind that there is, and always has been, more to the Catholic Church than that part of it over which Rome claims authority.

Marinaio said...

Truly inspirational! Thank you for this eloquent piece. I have taken the liberty to share this with wife, daughter, friends, and priests. May God bless you and your family.

John Haggerty said...

The new normal is not compatible with Christianity? You are pandering to an anti-vaccine lobby that thrives on ignorance of successful vaccination programmes, Laurence.

You pander to a foolish anti-science lobby that is ignorant of immunology, ignorant of diseases that wiped out families. My late mother, born in 1917, remembered when small coffins were a frequent sight. Even I, born in 1951, remember the postwar polio outbreak.

I suggest you develop a theology of health care, Laurence. As Michael J Matt observed in his vlogs, the Catholic Church pioneered the way in health care, and nuns worked tirelessly in hospitals for the incurables. They did this for the Gospel.

Jesus of Nazareth healed people in the body as well as the soul. Pilgrims visit Lourdes hoping to be cured. Between 1979 and 1984 Pope John Paul gave a series of 129 lectures on the body, developing an anthropology in which the human body reveals the mystery of God. (See The Theology of the Body, Wikipedia.)

Vaccination is the most effective medical intervention ever introduced. Together with clean water and sanitation, vaccination programmes have eliminated infectious diseases which killed millions of people, most of them babies and children.

Since 1924 in the United States, vaccines have prevented 40 million cases of diphtheria and 35 million cases of measles. Every minute five lives are saved worldwide by vaccination.

Vaccines, with new technologies, prevent and treat communicable diseases in all age ranges, but also non-communicable diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.

In the 20th Century smallpox killed 300 million people but because of vaccination it has largely disappeared. The saying that beauty is only skin deep came from smallpox survivors who had to live with facial scars.

In 1900 life expectancy in the USA was 47.3 years. Today it is over 70 years. Communicable diseases such as pneumonia, influenza, tuberculosis, smallpox, pertussis, measles, and typhoid fever were the main causes of death, children and young adults being most at risk.

In 430 B.C. Thucydides noticed that people who survived deadly contagious diseases (perhaps because of their immune system) did not contract the disease a second time.

Modern medicine developed when Jenner discovered that it was enough to expose volunteers to an agent that mimicked the disease, such as the pustulae derived from cowpox, rather than exposing them directly.

Once the microbial origin of infectious diseases was discovered in the 19th Century, Pasteur pioneered vaccine development. He exposed people to dead or attenuated micro-organisms that mimicked the infectious agent, but did not cause disease.

In the 1940s the discovery that viruses could be grown (in vitro) in animal cells allowed the development of many vaccines against poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis A, and more recently rotavirus and influenza.

You show a photograph of a priest giving the Eucharist to a woman, both wearing masks. You say this is unedifying. What on earth are you talking about?

The coronavirus is breath-borne. Supposing the priest infected the woman, leaving her children without a mother? What if the priest then infected other parents?

Scientific health care has nothing to do with a globalist one-world agenda, if such a thing exists outside of the feverish minds of internet conspiracy freaks.

The anti-science agenda will only confirm the view atheists have of Christians as backward looking fundamentalists.

Marinaio said...

Mr. Haggerty, make sure that the
Koolaid you have been consuming is served in sterile cups. .

John Haggerty said...

Dear Marinaio,

Whoever you are, you are better than this. Please use the brains that the Lord gave you. Knock holes in my argument by all means, but do it through proper discourse.

This is a serious health issue. Nurses, doctors, and public transport staff are dying. Who knows whether they had the chance to repent in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

John Haggerty said...

Will there be widespread opposition to a mandatory vaccination programme that might be presented to us by Bill Gates and his allies in the medical-industrial complex? And can vaccine resisters expect to be penalised by their governments and health authorities?

These are questions raised by Michael Voris in his YouTube vlog for Church Militant, The Vortex 20 May 2020 - *Arrest Bill Gates*. The title of the vlog comes from a statement made by a member of the Italian Parliament who is unhappy with the way her government is handling coronavirus lock-down.

From my above comments it is clear that I take a very positive view of vaccination as it has been applied in my generation and my parents' generation; and that makes me as pro-science as Richard Dawkins, one of the great communicators of our time.

But Michael Voris is always worth listening to, and I number myself among his admirers. As they used to say, *This story will run and run.*

And a recent Vortex worth watching - *Vigano for Pope* (May 11).

I think we can all agree on that, Laurence!

Unknown said...

Dear Mr. Haggerty,
After more than six decades in this world, I am able to tell when someone is a "true believer" in a propagandized issue. Your indoctrination into the Wuhan Virus scam is obviously thorough, and it is likely that nothing I write or say will change your mind. However, just to demonstrate that I was not intending to be flippant about a topic which you clearly hold dear, I will bring up just a few points about your love affair with vaccination. You wrote:
"Vaccination is the most effective medical intervention ever introduced. Together with clean water and sanitation, vaccination programmes have eliminated infectious diseases which killed millions of people, most of them babies and children."
I am assuming -- perhaps wrongly -- that you are a Catholic, as we have been corresponding on this manifestly Catholic blog. Therefore, I am perplexed how you can make such a sweeping statement about vaccines, when there have been so many moral issues involving their development. As just one example, the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine, that every child here in America is required to have as an infant, is morally repugnant, in that at the Rubella vaccine is made with stem cell tissue originally procured from aborted babies. Perhaps you were ignorant of that fact? This info is readily found on numerous websites, none of which can be called Catholic, or even Christian, by any stretch. This is officially admitted. And while we are on the subject of the morality of vaccinations, tell me, if you can, how it is right and proper for a nation's health department to shove down the throats of unsuspecting parents the HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, under the guise of "preparing these young adolescents for sexual activity"? Meanwhile, in the last decade, countless youngsters, otherwise healthy, died or were disabled after starting these horrible vaccines. Reminiscent of the 1950s experimentation of Salk's polio vaccine, which crippled thousands of children, eh?
I could go on and on, but when you say that "this is a serious health issue," it seems that you have this underlying fear that the worst thing that can happen in life is to become sick or die. Catholics may worry about disease and death, but not to the point of being prepared to give up their right to the Sacraments or to suspend charitable work. We don't dwell unnecessarily on fear of what can happen to our bodies, when we are much more concerned with spiritual aspects of our lives. That is the whole theme of this beautiful piece by our Brighton based Catholic blogger. I am completely in his corner. And you should be, too.
Remember that no power on earth has any jurisdiction over the Catholic Church. No bishop has any authority whatsoever under Canon Law to close churches and restrict you from the Sacraments. And our civil authorities can not infringe on the sovereignty of Holy Mother Church.
I will be in church today, assisting at the traditional Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, without face masks and fear, and I will say a Pater Noster and an Ave for you.
In Christo,
Marinaio

teresa said...

Babies die from lack of touch.
Humans need hugs and kisses.
Over 99percent of Italians who dies had multiple medical issues and were over 70.
Since when, do we Catholics,let the secular government dictate how to do the Mass.
Really? The Culture of Life says no to the Culture of Death.
Never surrender to the lies.
Pray, repent, read the Catholic Catechism.
Turn off the tv.
God outside
Take a walk
Breathe fresh air.
Listen to the Holy Spirit.

Physiocrat said...

Having studied chemistry and the biological sciences to post graduate level, I would point out that the case for vaccines is nuanced. The procedure is never without risk, especially when the vaccine is newly developed. Viral infections cannot be protected against by vaccination if the virus is of a type that mutates rapidly. The practice of using mercury in vaccines adds to the risk. Seasonal flu vaccine is almost useless.

The virulence of coronavirus is now turning out to be related to malnutrition.

Physiocrat said...

What is Koolaid?

Unknown said...

"Drinking the Kool-Aid" is an expression used to refer to a person who believes in a possibly doomed or dangerous idea because of perceived potential high rewards. The phrase often carries a negative connotation. It can also be used ironically or humorously to refer to accepting an idea or changing a preference due to popularity, peer pressure, or persuasion. In recent years it has evolved further to mean extreme dedication to a cause or purpose, so extreme that one would "drink the Kool-Aid" and die for the cause.
The phrase originates from events in Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978, in which over 900 members of the Peoples Temple movement died. The movement's leader, Jim Jones, called a mass meeting at the Jonestown pavilion after the murder of U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan and others in nearby Port Kaituma. Jones proposed "revolutionary suicide" by way of ingesting a powdered drink mix lethally laced with cyanide and other drugs which had been prepared by his aides.[1][2]. Definition from Wiki

John Haggerty said...

To Anonymous:

For some vaccines, the active ingredient is grown in laboratories on cultures that contain human cells. Some viruses, such as chickenpox (varicella) grow much better in human cells. After they are grown, the viruses are purified several times, to remove the cell culture material - thus it is unlikely that any human material remains in the final vaccine.

For vaccines used in the UK, human cell strains are used to grow viruses for three vaccines - the rubella part of both MMR vaccines; the shingles vaccine; both chickenpox vaccines.

The cell strains currently used (WI-38 and MRC-5) were started in the 1960s using lung cells taken from two aborted foetuses. The abortions were legal and agreed to by the mothers, but they were NOT performed for the purposes of vaccine development.

In 2005 the Pontifical Academy For Life in Rome issued a statement - *Moral Reflections on Vaccines Prepared From Cells Derived From Aborted Human Foetuses.* This statement said it is wrong to make vaccines using human cell strains derived from foetuses, and that there is a moral duty to continue to fight against the use of such vaccines, and to campaign for alternatives.

But the Pontifical Academy also said that if the human populations are exposed to *considerable dangers to their health* through diseases such as rubella (German measles) then *vaccines with moral problems pertaining to them MAY ALSO BE USED ON A TEMPORARY BASIS.* My emphasis.

Measles infections during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight, and increased risk of preterm delivery. The actress Gene Tierney lost the child she was carrying when a fan embraced her during a movie premiere.

The current influenza vaccine has been 45 per cent effective overall against seasonal influenza A and B viruses. The flu vaccine has been 50 per cent effective against influenza B/Victoria, and 37 per cent effective against influenza A(H1N1)pdm09.

Mercury in the flu shot? Each vial has only trace amounts of mercury - 25 micrograms, which is about the same amount in a three ounce can of tuna fish. The amount of mercury in vaccines recommended for children is close to zero.

HPV is the name given to a very common group of viruses. Vaccination is most effective when given to children at ages 11 to 12. The vaccine will help protect them against cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, vulval cancer, anal cancer, cancer of the penis, and some cancers of the head and neck.

There are (relatively) small numbers of people who may be severely allergic to a vaccine ingredient, even if it is only in trace amounts (for example, egg proteins or antibiotics).

Vaccine ingredients can look unfamiliar, but many of the substances used in vaccines are found naturally in the body. For example, many vaccines contain salts based on sodium and potassium, which are essential for life.

I hope my science is correct, but even if errors are present, the science of vaccination cannot of itself be *propagandized*. A priest I knew saw children dying of measles in Africa, a tragedy that could have been prevented. He witnessed the sorrow of mothers.

You have not given one jot of evidence that coronavirus pandemic is a *scam* or that vaccination programmes (cited in my above comment) have NOT saved millions of lives.

The Lord has given us science as He has given us reason. Christians have a duty to protect the body from disease just as we have a duty to teach children to take due precaution when crossing the road.

Death is the Last Enemy as the Apostle Paul said; death and all its suffering was never part of God's plan for us since it came through sin and the Fall. Through the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary, death is the gateway to eternal life.

Thank you for your prayers, they mean everything to me.

J Haggerty said...

*We have committed economic suicide.*

*David Starkey: Covid19 - Britain's Disastrous Response Will Have Devastating Consequences.*
The New Culture Forum. May 16 2020. YouTube.

Historian Dr. Starkey says of coronavirus: *It's not actually a very serious disease.*

He says that the 40,000 deaths must be seen against Britain's overall population, and that we have brought down financial ruin on the younger generation.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for this inspiring article.

The Only Safe Space in the World

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