Friday, May 22, 2020
On May 26, 2020, Catholic and Lutheran churches will resume in-person worship services at 33% capacity of their respective facilities, while instituting the rigorous social distancing and hygiene protocols that they identified to you in their letters of May 7 and May 16, and in repeated discussions with your administration. The following Sunday, May 31, 2020, will be Pentecost Sunday. As you may know, Pentecost celebrates the Holy Spirit descending upon the apostles of Jesus Christ. Having been so filled and having evangelized so many, the apostles “devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area” and preaching the Gospel. Acts 2:46. It is now clear that communities of faith can follow their forebears without jeopardizing public health. The Churches feel more compelled than ever to do so.
It's come to this. Pet groomers yes, the holy sacrifice of the Mass, no. It's past time for the religious faithful to tell blue state governors politely, faithfully, to stuff it. The above quotation is from the Becket Fund's letter to Minnesota's benighted governor. The federal Department of Justice will catch up with these state suppressions of religious liberty eventually, but in the meantime, some good old civil disobedience is called for.