Monthly Archives: May 2020

CORONAVIRUS DIARY: NEW YORK, MAY 12

GEORGE DUNLAP, MAY 13, 2020. Yesterday I heard that the Bishop’s in Ohio are preparing to Re-Open our Catholic Churches for Mass. Below is an account of one mans diary writings about his May 12th dealings with life and going to Mass in the Underground.

Tuesday: Bright morning sunshine, but cool temperatures. It’s been a chilly spring. I’m still running the space heater in my office; the landlord turned down the heat at the outset of the lockdown. The vibrant blue sky and the sunlight on the buildings make it impossible not to be cheerful.

The last two or three weeks have clanked along like a slow-moving excavator, patiently gobbling up the hours day after day as New York City continues in its semi-comatose condition. I walk the dog, head into the First Things office—where I’m almost always alone—and grind away at my editorial tasks.

There are distractions and adventures.

On Monday, April 27, I visited an emergency room at a hospital in one of the hard-hit neighborhoods in the outer boroughs. (I can’t reveal details, because my visit was not “authorized,” and in the present conditions of  public health hysteria, my host might lose his job if higher-ups found out I penetrated the “no visitors” cordon sanitaire.)

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RE-OPENING, during COVID19, OUR CHURCHES – AND OUR PLAN IS?

George Dunlap, May 9, 2020. As the good news bubbles to the top of several daily conversations, regarding possible and limited re-opening with COVID19, that I have had, with many of my customers in the United States, the topic we all discuss is, so…what is the plan to re-open our businesses? What are the suggested guidelines and how can we all be part of the solution, “To Re-Open Intelligently and with Cautious Optimism” ? That is the same question I pray to God, how can we as faithful Catholics be part of the Overall Re-Open Our Churches Solution? WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THE LORD’S DAY…….. JOHN SAFRANEK, M.D. wrote a very good article at First Things several days back.

WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THE LORD’S DAY

, by John Safranek, M.D., May 7, 2020

My hospital, like all hospitals throughout the country, has adopted new procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Emergency Room, where I work, patients cannot even enter the building until someone has determined whether they are harboring the coronavirus. There are elaborate gowning, masking, and gloving routines, as well as a host of other procedural changes. 

Nearly every other department has taken similar measures. When taking X-rays, radiology technicians stand outside the patient’s room, shooting rays through the windows to avoid contaminating the machine. Respiratory therapists no longer use the standard nebulizer machines for fear of propagating the virus. Each department, even the cafeteria, has creatively altered its practices. We have to continue working during this plague, because what we do is essential for individual and social well-being.

I have been thinking about the bishops’ cancellation of public Masses in light of these hospital changes. When many states declared the celebration of the Eucharist non-essential, few bishops resisted. My state banned public gatherings of more than 8-10 people except for “essential” services, which included courts of law (apparently Shakespeare was right: justice delayed is justice denied), business operations, airport travel, and even daycares. My spiritual life is the most important aspect of my being, and the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of my faith—yet it was deemed less essential than daycare, and few bishops demurred.

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Fear vs. Blindness to Life, COVID19 vs Induced Aborption

GEORGE DUNLAP, May 3, 2020. This morning as I got out of bed, I grabbed my robe, and headed to the kitchen, I repeated my routine as I have for the past month and a half, I turned on my water for hot tea, I dished out a small cup of yogurt, while toasting my bread, I feed our 3 cats their morning treats, I then added a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter onto my burnt toast, and returned to my home office to review the COVID19 updates on my computer.

All the while trying to deal with, in my case, Ohio COVID19 deaths as compared to other deaths , as compared to how we as a nation, a state, and even my local county deal with such terrible deaths. For example, Abortions (Induced Abortions), I was curious how the numbers and local response compared.

In 2018, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio had about 20,000 induced abortions, my local county had 45 induced abortions. Yet my county did not shut down nor did the State of Ohio. We did not shut down Churches over the deaths of unborn children, we did not close all schools because 20,000 life’s were aborted or some would say killed. It must be easier to deal with the known unborn as apposed to the unseen virus.

It’s not just the deaths and our response to the unborn fetus that should concern us all. Those who die because of, alcohol, drug overdose, suicides, and other untimely deaths should concern us all. Are we as a Catholic Faith dealing with death with Gods blessings? Do we embrace our response or do we hunker down in fear? I am not so sure we fully understand our responsibility to all life.

Fear vs. Induced-Abortions, I am not convinced our response to either is the Godly choice.