A New Mexico Catholic Bishop has become the first Catholic official in the country to reauthorize the celebration of public masses, which had been cancelled by bishops across the country on account of the national coronavirus epidemic.
Bishop Peter Baldacchino sent a letter to priests of the Diocese of Las Cruces on Wednesday, informing them that they’d be allowed to begin celebrating public masses. The move has a strict condition, however; as Catholic churches are only to hold masses with crowds no greater than five(including the priest) present.
Cancelling Sunday mass is no small matter in the Catholic religion, and Baldacchino pushed back against the notion that his diocese would make the cancellation of public liturgy the new normal.
“It has become increasingly clear that the state shutdown will last for some time. Depriving the faithful of the nourishment offered through the Eucharist was indeed a difficult decision, one that I deemed necessary until I had further clarity regarding our current state of affairs, but it cannot become the ‘status quo’ for the foreseeable future.”
The Diocese is continuing to urge Catholics who are senior citizens or who have preexisting health conditions to stay at home and watch live-streamed masses online.
The Bishop also slammed an effort on the part of the State of New Mexico to label churches as non-essential organizations.
“I strongly disagree,” he said of the decision. “Sadly, the Governor is no longer exempting places of worship from the restrictions on ‘mass gatherings.’ It seems to me that while we run a daily count of the physical deaths we are overlooking those who are dead interiorly.”
The resumption of public Sunday masses on the part of the Diocese of Las Cruces isn’t being done in a cavalier fashion, especially considering that they’re being limited to groups of the faithful no greater than five people. Governors and public policy makers need to realize that the vast majority of religious organizations have every intention of resuming their operations in a responsible and safe fashion before trying to ban their activity.
As the Deep State was Ruining His Life, Roger Stone Found Jesus Christ as His Savior
Stone has found Jesus.
Recently commuted political operative Roger Stone has two men to thank for his newfound freedom: President Donald Trump, and, more importantly, Jesus Christ.
Stone has been involved in political dirty tricks throughout his career and has never been a member of the Christian Right, to put it mildly, but his attempted railroading has caused him to become close to Jesus Christ and discover his faith.
He told CBN News about how he attended an outdoor church service in Florida held by Franklin Graham in January. This was during a low point of his life, and Stone finally summoned the courage to accept Christ as his savior.
“At that moment, I felt the calling,” Stone said. “I stood up with 500 other people. I wasn’t the slightest bit embarrassed. I confess that I was a sinner. I repeated a pledge that he recited, and it was as if a cement block was lifted off my chest. I can’t even explain it.”
“I was never scared. I was never worried. I was completely confident that the Lord would guide the president to do the right thing,” he added.
Although Stone admits to being part of some shady operations throughout his political career, he does not consider his involvement in Trump’s presidential victory in 2016 being among them. He maintains that he behaved with integrity and told the truth while helping push Trump to the White House.
“I don’t regret anything that I did in 2016 because I didn’t break the law,” Stone said to CBN News. “They wanted me to lie, to bear false witness against the president in return for some kind of leniency.”
Stone claims that his newfound faith has made him at peace with the situation, and he does not seek vengeance against the deep state, fake news, and Democrat Party hacks who tried to destroy his life.
“Here’s the big difference. In the old days, I would have wanted revenge. I would have wanted to take revenge against every one of them but now I’ve realized that vengeance is God’s, it’s not mine,” he said.
“I no longer am obsessed with the Sicilian concept of revenge, which generally speaking is a dish that tastes best when eaten cold,” Stone added.
However, Stone does believe that his struggle is one of good against evil. He believes that the forces out to destroy President Trump and the movement that put him into office are literally satanic.
“I really do believe that those who are trying to undo this president, those who are trying to destroy me, trying to destroy Michael Flynn, who’s a very good man and great American patriot war hero, I do believe they’re satanic,” he said.
“They cut corners and what’s outrageous is their arrogance, their moral superiority, when in fact, they have no morals at all,” Stone added. “I don’t believe that any of these people involved in my prosecution are really believers in God.”
Stone’s conversion shows again that the Lord works in mysterious ways. Stone’s trials may have been the best thing to happen to him, allowing him to discover his spirituality, and discovering Christ’s gift of grace and eternal life.
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