Tag Archives: COVID-19

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.

Message on the Combat against the Coronavirus COVID-19

George Dunlap, April 4, 2020, As important and essential as going to the grocery, gas station, drug store, our ability to go into our churches for personal and faith healing food.. is an essential need. Closing completely the doors of Gods House will not provide internal peace. Cardinal Burke explains it best in the below essay. This is way we as Catholic Men need to meet and Pray together. We must not Hunker Down and Wait. God Bless us all.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, March 21, 2020

Dear Friends,

For some time now, we have been in combat against the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. From all that we can tell – and one of the difficulties of the combat is that so much about the pestilence remains unclear – , the battle will yet continue for some time. The virus involved is particularly insidious, for it has a relatively long incubation period – some say 14 days and some say 20 days – and is highly contagious, much more highly contagious than other viruses we have experienced.

One of the principal natural means to defend ourselves against the coronavirus is to avoid any close contact with others. It is important, in fact, to keep always a distance – some say a yard (meter) and some say six-feet – away from each other, and, of course, to avoid group gatherings, that is gatherings in which a number of people are in close proximity of each other. In addition, since the virus is transmitted by small droplets emitted when one sneezes or blows his or her nose, it is critical to wash our hands frequently with disinfectant soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and to use disinfectant handwash and handwipes. It is equally important to disinfect tables, chairs, countertops, etc., on which these droplets may have landed and from which they are capable of transmitting the contagion for some time. If we sneeze or blow our nose, we are counseled to use a paper facial tissue, to discard it immediately, and then to wash our hands. Of course, those who are diagnosed with the coronavirus must be quarantined, and those who are not feeling well, even if it has not been determined that they suffer from the coronavirus, should, out of charity toward others, remain at home, until they are feeling better.

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The Virus – and Other Moral Hazards

George Dunlap, March 24, 2020. Back to my earlier post on March 19, 2020, Finding Balance. Do we as Catholics really ever choose to engage or are we just arm chair prayer soldiers, we are standing by as our nation kills the unborn. We are also moving to killing Grand Ma & Grand Pa by mindless acceptance of euthanasia, no one whats to care for the Old Folks….and someday they may not want to care for you or me.

Time for Tea and Crumpets is over. We must engage evil; with Gods son Jesus Christ as our one true Shepherd.

The below essay by Hadley Arkes compares our desire to save lives, only the ones present, not the unseen gifts, from God, the children. I pray ,one day, soon we all understand that by our in-action we are no different than those doing the killing.

Hadley Arkes Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I count myself as one of those votaries, working in the vineyard of natural law, who does not find his work among “theories.”  I am drawn, with others of my club, to those precepts of “common sense” that ordinary people routinely do grasp in order to get on with the business of life – the things they need to know before they are capable of trafficking in theories.  Before anyone engages in banter with David Hume about the meaning of “causation,” he knows – even without realizing that he knows – his own active powers to cause his own acts to happen.

British philosopher John Finnis would point up in this vein the many ways in which people weave into their acts every day an anchoring premise about the goodness of preserving human life.  In Finnis’s examples, we look both ways from the curb before we cross the street; we hold drives to rescue people from famine in distant countries. We have not yet exactly constituted a hospital or emergency service built on the premise that the main mission in dealing with an injured person is to dispatch him to his death more quickly in order to relieve his family of hard decisions. With an assumption they never think to question, these services take their mission as the saving of lives.

*Image: Danse Macabre by Michael Wolgemut, 1493 [Duchess Anna Amalia Library, Weimar, Germany]
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Finding Balance

George Dunlap, March 19, 2020, This morning when I got up I expected the same #Death, #Doom and #COVID-19 news updates. Yesterday I was asked to cancel our Saturday morning gatherings. Even our Easter Lenten services have been shut-down. I am having a hard time with that…….. But I found this article from a gentlemen I follow daily and I am inspired once more, that, others also say, “Balance” is needed. We must look to God not our Government for strength, and we must take personal responsibility of our Cleanliness. Please read on and May God Be with you.

Wed, Mar 18, 2020, BY JOHN SCHROEDER

I need to point everybody to what I consider one of the most important tweet threads I have read through this whole coronavirus thing – From Brian Wesbury.  Highlights of the 7 tweet string:

…even a 30-day lockdown won’t make the virus go away. In fact, going to the grocery store potentially exposes you. So any solution other than complete martial law shows a willingness of leaders to risk some lives.

The US should: A)Test as many as we can. B)Build up hospital capacity. C)Protect the vulnerable. D)Announce that we will extend the shutdowns for only 10 more days. E)Let businesses start opening, with common sense safety practices F)Quarantine or hospitalize the sick.

Yes, this virus kills, but they all do. And, according to much research, recessions and unemployment kill too. The government will permanently expand and risks to growth and health will increase.

I have been thinking along these lines all along.  Yesterday I tried to point out that shutting down the world represents an enormous shift in our view of the value of human life.  Let me be more blunt.

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