Last week, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Catholics raised moral concerns about the vaccine due to its connection to abortion. However, both the Vatican and the USCCB deemed it morally acceptable because the connection was “remote”. The two most important figures in the Catholic Church getting the jab (as the Brits say) seems to be the final seal of Catholic approval.
In December of last year, Bishop Athanasius Schneider published a letter condemning the vaccine. His argument is a simple one: any connection to abortion, whether “remote” or not, makes it immoral. In other words, the ends cannot justify the means. In other, other words: you can’t medically benefit from an abortion on Tuesday and protest outside of Planned Parenthood on Friday.
The Vaccine and Abortion
If you’re wondering how the vaccine has connections to abortion, Crisis Magazine published an article yesterday putting it in explicit terms (emphasis mine):
HEK stands for human embryonic kidney. To harvest a viable embryonic kidney for this purpose, sufficiently healthy children old enough to have adequately-developed kidneys must be removed from the womb, alive, typically by cesarean section, and have their kidneys cut out. This must take place without anesthesia for the child, which would lessen the viability of the organs. Instead of being held, rocked, and comforted in the time intervening between their birth and their death, they have organs cut out of them alive.
A c-section is one of the ways a woman can give birth. Kidneys start making urine at about 14 weeks, which I suppose is when they are considered “adequately-developed”. Whether or not the fetus (Latin for child) can feel pain at this point is up to debate.
To put it another way: at around the time parents learn the sex of their child, a little girl was delivered by c-section. Her organs were harvested while she was alive and awake. She was killed in an act of infanticide. Eventually, the cell-lines from her kidneys helped to create a vaccine for a virus with a 97-99% survivability rate, depending on age and health factors. Then, the vicar of Christ and the retired vicar of Christ received said vaccine, stripping other Catholics of the ability to say “my Church condemns this”.
Times of Insanity
Over and over again, experts proved masks are ineffective and actually harm the environment. Lockdowns have pushed people into poverty and starvation. A vaccine for an easily survivable virus, created from a horrific medical procedure that’s considered normal, is being pushed on us from all corners.
At the same time, Democrates committed obvious election fraud, which the mainstream media denies. The invocation that began the latest session of Congress ended with “Amen and A-woman” (a feat of almost mind-numbing stupidity) in its ongoing crusade against gender. Social media platforms are shutting down conservatives in Orwellian displays of censorship. And if you try to live your life like normal, breathing in the fresh air, you run the risk of someone accusing you of “killing Grandma”.
St. Anthony the Abbot’s prediction comes to mind:
A time is coming when people will go mad, and when they meet someone who is not mad, they will turn to him and say, “you are out of your mind,” just because he is not like them.
How did we get here?
We got to this point by degrees. The untrue maxim about boiling a frog comes to mind. How do you boil a frog alive? By putting it in a pot of water and slowly increasing the temperature over time. Of course, frogs have more sense than this but people, apparently, do not.
People have traced our present lunacy to the corrupting force of Freemasonry that began infiltrating the world in the 18th century. Others trace it back to Our Lady’s warnings at Fatima and the bungling of the the consecration of Russia. Some trace it back to the upheaval of the 60s and 70s, when the Church turned its back on its own tradition and society turned itself inside out. Some point much closer to home, to the advent of ‘cancel culture’ and ‘wokeness’.
However we got here, it was slowly. It happened in various levels of society, from the home to the halls of governance to the hallowed Chair of St. Peter. If I had to point to one thing, though, I would say Satan. The Devil has been hard at work as the princes of this world.
This doesn’t wash us clean of all fault. You can say no to sin and yes to Christ. Too many people, over a very long time, have said no in one fashion or another. And now, it even seems as if the Church has abandoned us.
Today, January 20, a so-called Catholic will be sworn in as President and his Vice President is a radical supporter of abortion and socialism. Many people have been predicting that Biden will die shortly after taking oath, paving the way for a truly socialist presidency. Whether or not that will happen, only time will tell. It seems that the night is now even growing darker.
The first thing you can do is remain Catholic. We have had bad popes before. We have had heretical popes and sexually immoral popes and casually pagan popes. The Church survived these men because Christ promised that the gates of Hell will never overcome us.
The second thing is be a better Catholic. Attend Mass where and when you can. Go to Confession. Read good books. Pray regularly. Create a rule of life so that your every day can be oriented toward God.
The third thing you can do is accept that fighting back doesn’t mean marches and physical confrontation. It can mean fighting back by accepting suffering.
I’m currently reading Father Bartunek’s The Better Part, which is a guide to meditating on the Four Gospels. I will end this post on what he says regarding the account of Jesus’ Passion in Matthew 27, which is also a model for how we should live in these insane times:
Secondly, this King conquers by the beauty of his virtue, not the splendor of his might. The One who had the power to destroy his enemies lets his enemies destroy him instead. In the process, he exhibits every virtue to the highest degree: patience, mercy, temperance, fortitude, humility, and above all, love. He loves God his Father enough to suffer unspeakable torments out of obedience, finally untying Adam’s knot of disobedience; he loves sinners enough to take the consequences of their sins upon his own body and soul, siphoning off their just deserts. Other kings conquer through self-assertion; Christ conquers through self-oblation.Bartunek, Fr John. The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer (p. 327). Ministry23, LLC. Kindle Edition.