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SANTA FE, New Mexico, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop John C. Wester of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is ordering Catholic churches to continue to restrict capacity according to county-level recommendations, even after New Mexico’s governor allowed churches to fully open.
“The Archbishop requests that the Reverend Pastors continue to follow the color coding system as to capacity for indoor Masses and do not allow 100% attendance at this time,” stated a news release announcing the continued restrictions.
“It is of paramount importance to remember that the Church values everyone's safety and well-being. Life is sacred and we are taking every precaution to protect our people from the coronavirus,” the release continued.
New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a modified public health order on Friday allowing places of worship to open at 100 percent capacity, even as more restricted capacity limits continue to be enforced in places like restaurants and theaters.
The more lenient order is a “response to recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that say capacity limits on churches can't be more restrictive than on other entities such as factories and schools,” a spokeswoman for Governor Grisham told the Santa Fe New Mexican in an email.
In late November of 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that New York Governor Cuomo’s restrictions on religious services “cannot be viewed as neutral because they single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment.”
The Vatican has announced its fifth International "Health" Conference on "Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul," to take place between May 6-8, and nearly everything about the conference is rotten -- morally, scientifically and culturally.
Incredibly, the conference organizers have listed huge numbers of globalist and abortion-promoting speakers such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, vaccine developers, Mormon elders, pro-abortion Chelsea Clinton, population control advocate Jane Goodall, a New Age activist, a prominent UK Muslim scholar, and pro-abortion American actress Cindy Crawford, among others.
The logo for the conference is a circle of people linking hands, colored in the tones of the LGBT rainbow flag, and positioned next to the crossed keys and Papal tiara of the Pontiff. In the ten goals listed for the conference, the Pontifical Council for Culture makes no reference to God or the Catholic Church.
The organization and promotion of this conference is beyond an outrage, it is a closer to a sacrilege (also outrageous!).
Indeed, of the conference, Archbishop Viganò has said that the Holy See is "making itself the servant of the New World Order." [More below about Arbp Viganò's reaction to the conference...]
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition urging the Vatican to CANCEL this desperately wrong-headed appeasement to the secular world disguised as a "health conference."
114 speakers are set to appear at the event, including prominent and diverse names such as:
- The CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, the former of which produces abortion pills;
- The Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Francis Collins, who advocates using fetal tissue in research projects;
- Chelsea Clinton, a strong advocate for abotion;
- The head of Google Health, David Feinberg;
- And, Dr. Anthony Fauci from the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose advice to government officials played a major role in shutting down American churches last year.
These "VIP" speakers are also joined at the Vatican conference by the following: United Nations representative and conservationist Jane Goodall, who supports population control; new age activist Deepak Chopra; rock guitarist Joe Perry; Mormon Elder William K. Jackson; executive chair of the British Board of Scholars and Imams, Shaykh Dr. Asim Yusuf; pro-abortion model Cindy Crawford; and, by Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, who has firmly aligned himself with the globalist, liberal elite, by censoring conservative voices on his platform.
The sheer number of speakers holding anti-Catholic views has sparked a firestorm of well-deserved criticism.
And, in an letter published by LifeSiteNews, Archbishop Viganò roundly condemns this conference and, moreover, the infidelity to the Church's perennial teaching. Here is a brief excerpt (read the whole letter by clicking on this link):
"...The Holy See has deliberately renounced the supernatural mission of the Church, making itself the servant of the New World Order and Masonic globalism in an antichristic counter-magisterium.
The same Roman Dicasteries, occupied by people ideologically aligned with Jorge Mario Bergoglio [i.e. Pope Francis] and protected and promoted by him, now continue unrestrained in their implacable work of demolishing Faith, Morals, ecclesiastical discipline, and monastic and religious life, in an effort as vain as it is unprecedented to transform the Bride of Christ into a philanthropic association enslaved to the Strong Powers.
The result is the super-imposition over the true Church of a sect of heretical and depraved Modernists who are intent on legitimizing adultery, sodomy, abortion, euthanasia, idolatry, and any perversion of the intellect and will. The true Church is now eclipsed, denied and discredited by her very Pastors, betrayed even by the one who occupies the highest Throne."
The fact that there is so much anti-Catholicism (i.e., anti-truth) held by so many of the speakers makes it impossible to ask for the organizers to simply disinvite disreputable speakers.
That is why we are urging the Vatican to CANCEL this anti-life, anti-truth, anti-Catholic, anti-health "health conference" altogether!
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition asking the Vatican to CANCEL its fifth International "Health" Conference on "Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul."
This conference contains such a high concentration of poison for the Faith and the faithful that is should be canceled, not only for the contents itself, but also for the grave scandal it will (and is, already) cause.
After SIGNING and SHARING, please take a minute to contact the following Church authorities to politely, but firmly, voice your dismay and displeasure at the anti-God, anti-life and anti-faith conference which the Vatican has scheduled for the beginning of May.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi - Head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture
Email: [email protected]
Phone: [+39] 06 6989 3811
His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre - Papal Nuncio for the United States
Email: [email protected]
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Viganò on Vatican ‘health’ conference with Fauci: Holy See is ‘making itself the servant of the New World Order’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/vigano-on-vatican-health-conference-with-fauci-holy-see-is-making-itself-the-servant-of-the-new-world-order
'Vatican hosting Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, Pfizer CEO, Big Tech oligarchs at ‘health’ conference' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-to-host-conference-featuring-covid-jab-developers-big-tech-leaders-fauci-and-chelsea-clinton
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Earlier this month, California lifted restrictions on indoor worship services after several Supreme Court decisions in favor of plaintiffs who view religious service attendance restrictions as a violation of the constitutional freedom to worship.
Grisham’s new public health order gives special freedom to places of worship, which along with essential businesses, are the only places free from capacity restrictions in New Mexico.
Essential businesses such as health care facilities, grocery stores, and childcare clinics, while allowed to operate at full capacity, “must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions,” according to the order.
Although Grisham’s newest public health order allows the full opening of houses of worship, it maintains “strong” recommendations to limit their capacity according to county-by-county color coded restrictions. Wester is opting to abide by these recommendations, which “strongly encourage” the limitation of service attendance to 75, 50, 33, or 25 percent of full church capacity, depending on the county’s designated risk level.
The New Mexico Department of Health dashboard reveals that a large swath of New Mexico is still designated as “high risk.” Six of these “Yellow Level” counties, in which churches are recommended to operate at 33 percent of original capacity, are found in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The archdiocese also contains a county (Colfax) with a “very high risk” “Red Level” designation, in which churches will only operate at 25 percent of full capacity, in compliance with recommendations.
Archbishop Wester has a history of curbing religious practice in the name of public health. He was rebuked last year for suspending indoor public Mass and regular confession as he kept Santa Fe’s cathedral gift shop open. He has also drawn harsh criticism during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak for mandating that Holy Communion be received in the hand, and for threatening priests whose homilies run longer than five minutes with suspension.
Wester is also known for affirming so-called “transgender” identities and for endorsing Father James Martin’s pro-LGBT book “Building a Bridge.”
The Society of Saint Pius X continues to hold Roman Catholic Masses without restriction within the geographical area of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church.