Faith and needs: an emergency such as that of the coronavirus, at the end of emergency can not change the future freedom of the Church and its faithful

- the Church and the serious emergency coronavirus -

FAITH AND NEEDS: AN EMERGENCY AS THAT OF CORONAVIRUS, AT THE END OF EMERGENCY CAN NOT CHANGE THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM CHURCH AND ITS FAITHFUL.

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[…] We can cite other examples, but this is enough to realize that we can not live by bread alone, but you need to give access to other resources, among which is so imminent faith. And we speak of faith we invent and intimate perspective, sentimental and palliative from beauty farm soul, but as a gift of God that intelligence work and gives wisdom to discern the world and grasp its presence savior. Faith is a human right, It regards the freedom of personal self-determination and is (yet) guaranteed by the Constitution of the Italian Republic [art. 19].

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Author
Ivano Liguori, Ofm. Capp.

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«… I was sick and you looked after me " [Gospel of St. Matthew: 25, 35 ]

"What we are witnessing is not the crisis, but the crisis of the crisis namely the neurosis ". I can not find the right words to those expressed by Mario Luzi to explain the everyday reality to which we men of the 2020 we are seeing in the role of spectators and players at the time of Covid-19.

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While the strong pressure can turn a piece of coal into diamond is also true that the same can send a solid crystal shattered. The line of demarcation that separates the resilience by the fragility and the strategy of coping the depressive disorder is far too weak and, to put it using the Tolkien wisdom, even the very wise can not know all outcomes.

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My preoccupation these days - looking events, reading newspapers, seeing the news - it is the fact that this epidemic has reaffirmed a latent social weakness but extremely concrete, comparable in gravity only to the facts that have affected the Second World War. Weakness that is no longer possible to hide if you do not deny the objective truth of the facts. Today, most of those organizations that considered themselves a basic time have experienced a profound relativistic drift. This resulted in an important social weakness, not resulted, but certainly amplified by the appearance of the current pandemic. According to this awareness, death Covid-19 would be much more compassionate and dignified, compared to that to which we are already subject to several decades: the death of consciousness. A critical awareness, lit and transcendental, personal and collective, It degenerated mercilessly oblivion of itself.

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Among the victims of this relativistic cancellation freedom of conscience and faith stands, that faith no longer fought but mocked and ridiculed by grotesques and prezzolate, handmaidens of that liberalism atheist who now governs the world so determined as unscrupulous [cf see that our previous articles, WHO]. As a priest and then as a member of the clergy, I can only be in solidarity with my brothers who are experiencing difficult times, unpredictable until a few months ago. Many of them, because of faith, They are undergoing a white martyrdom newspaper, others - infected by the virus - they have made the soul to God by offering themselves for the good of the Church. Men not perfect but certainly capable of decisive choices that led to an acceptance of risk uncommon, as it happened to the priest Giuseppe Bergamo Berardelli, died authentic priest, giving the respirator that had been donated by the parishioners to give it in use to a young ill. If after the explosion the epidemic coronavirus had been considered, the respirator might have saved his life.

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These are the moments that count, conclusive and powerfully evocative of why you can not argue anything.

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Faith pitied, now considered not essential, indeed derogable, still it proves to be the only discriminating able to surprise the world in front of an emergency situation such as that which the Covid-19 has placed before. And the relationship between necessity and faith today I want to stop my reflection, without, however, enter into sterile polemics, noting how the ministerial decrees so far drawn interpret the concept of necessity according to one criteriology least incomplete and confusing. Rest in fact amazed at how the principle of protection of public health to apply the concept of necessity, referring only to bodily sustenance goods - such as food - leaving out the large part of the assets to the psychological and spiritual sustenance. Knowing that moms who can not buy markers for their children because not considered essential items is not only a cause of grief but villainous behavior. The livelihoods of small at the moment is not just a question of food or drink, but it includes those recreational dynamics that can not be denied. It is through play and creativity that the child develops a proper psychological and relational maturity. But this, made changes debts, It is true even for adults.

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We can cite other examples, but this is enough to realize that we can not live by bread alone, but you need to give access to other resources, among which is so imminent faith. And we speak of faith we invent and intimate perspective, sentimental and palliative from beauty farm soul, but as a gift of God that intelligence work and gives wisdom to discern the world and grasp its presence savior. Faith is a human right, It regards the freedom of personal self-determination and is (yet) guaranteed by the Constitution of the Italian Republic [art.19].

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At this point it is good to dwell on an issue - although in hypothetical form - if today faith is considered an asset not necessary, expendable due to the global pandemic, we to expect in the near future other limitations that relate to freedom of expression? This is what we ask the American National Coalition Against Censorship [NCAC, National Coalition against Censorship, see WHO] which sees the removal of some freedom a threat not hypothetical but real:

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"During a global health crisis medical needs are, comprehensibly, the priority. But our needs are many facets, and while the government works to limit the spread of Covid-19, we must be vigilant to protect our right to freedom of expression and defend our ability to share and access information ».

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Same concern you can read between the lines of the play by Stefano Massini: 7 minutes. Board Factory, where it is told the story of a French multinational factory where workers fear dismissal because of the alternation of the new board of directors. The new leaders will offer them the renewal of the contract provided that the workers give up to seven minutes a day for their lunch break. A smart maneuver, playing on the immediate fear of job loss, but that is likely to stir much more serious losses. Of seven minutes in seven minutes these workers at risk of losing everything, not only the right to work but also fundamental personal freedoms.

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The emergency current crisis can really get to justify any government decision even at the cost of limiting the fundamental freedoms upon which democracy and onto which those spiritual resources that produce hope and that go beyond the immanence? I believe that as a Church we should strongly defend the concept of the necessity of faith, along with the concept of faith necessary for salvation, and to pursue that lifestyle that makes us acceptable to God [cf. EB 11,6].

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About this I want to cite the case of those priests divergent who they were reported to have celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass or to have administered baptism in their churches. These episodes of the news can not and should not be read with the sole criterion of the legal transgression of the norm, but must include the principle of necessity, which provides, for example, the baptism in the event of life-threatening. And no need to be virologists to realize that, in a pandemic situation overt, infants are more susceptible to infection like the elderly and immunocompromised patients, or with pre-existing conditions.

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We Fathers de The island of Patmos we are all aware of the high risk situation and painful choices that our bishops have been forced to take to the health of those bodies within which are enclosed our immortal souls [cf previous article, WHO], at the same time, however, it must seriously questioned, auspicandoci that the limitation of a spiritual good in times of crisis and emergency, does not end with the then create a dangerous precedent, or clarify: a time when the danger, secularists could groped to ritorcerci against a previous one turned into rule? This is why we hope that the great spiritual goods are not hindered, discouraged or worse sanctioned. The cry of alarm that is to be launched today comprises the implementation of a liberal secular soteriology and that forces acceptance of questionable principles, relativizing everything, They will require the majority precisely through the management of a state of crisis. And after the era of 19-Covid, how will our freedom as citizens and believers? Someone, could groped to use such a precedent for tapparci mouth, or to create restrictions on believers? It is therefore important to ensure everyone right away, so that the previous dies and ends finally buried at the end of this serious state of need.

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Freedom is not guaranteed with spying and it is not the prerogative of only thought but basic and inviolable feature of every human being, reflection of the fatherhood of God who created man, it created free as he is free.

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Laconi, 25 March 2020

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To stay as close as possible to the faithful in this time of crisis and emergency, the editorial staff of The Island of Patmos informs readers that our author Father Ivano LIGUORI, Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Care on Facebook the heading 'THE WORD NETWORK ", offering of three times a week meditations. You can access the page prepared by our Father clicking on the logo.

 

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3 thoughts on "Faith and needs: an emergency such as that of the coronavirus, at the end of emergency can not change the future freedom of the Church and its faithful

  1. Reverend Father.
    Grazie per i l suo modo pacato di esprimere le cose di Dio e le cose della terra. And’ un dono che le invidio. Mi permetta di esprimere un parere da Cristi fidelis laicus (right?). I provvedimenti di Stato che coerciscono le persone sono illegittimi ancorchè legali. Essi sono un abuso di potere contro la libertà di Religione, di pensiero e della persona. Ma noi siamo in piena statolatria pagana. (vedi PIO XI).
    Lei invoca la Costituzione italiana, la quale quello che afferma qua, se lo rimangia più avanti.
    L’art. 13, abbastanza chiaro nella sua formulazione, stabilisce l’inviolabilità della libertà della persona: le restrizioni sono ammesse solo per atto motivato dal giudice, nel caso di aggressione all’altrui incolumità.
    Ma interviene l’art.16 sul diritto di circolazione del cittadino, il quale sarebbe stato superfluo se non per abrogare a se stessi, burocrati e politici di turno, il diritto di stabilire quando e come muoversi , per motivi di sanità e sicurezza.
    Non mi dilungo di più. La rimando ad alcuni siti web Lord Acton.org di padre Sirico ed altri (Catholic), agli ottimi interventi di Alessandro fusillo su Movimentolibertario. Bless me.

    1. Dear Reader,

      siamo commossi!
      Se le ci invia le sue generalità, quanto prima possibile daremo avvio a una petizione per proporla come Presidente della Suprema Corte Costituzionale.

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