July 28, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Diocese of Little Rock, led by Bishop Anthony Taylor, will force students in its elementary schools to wear masks this fall, regardless of vaccination status, according to 5 News.
Children as young as four years old will be forced to wear masks, despite evidence that this can cause serious health damage. The diocese maintains that masks are necessary as young children cannot be vaccinated at this time.
Most American dioceses forced little children to wear masks during the coronavirus.
Mark Wilburn, assistant principal at St. Joseph Catholic School in Fayetteville, said “We believe it’s the right decision at the right time. Things have changed in the last few weeks. We went from 130 active cases on the 7-day average to 1,300.”
The bishop of Little Rock, Bishop Anthony Taylor, was the first American prelate to cancel all public Masses at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, after Arkansas rescinded its mask mandate, Taylor declared masks to be “obligatory.”
He also has barred lay people from delivering Communion to the sick, and choir members from singing in Mass, unless they are “fully vaccinated” with an experimental coronavirus vaccine. Taylor immediately moved to restrict the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in his diocese following the release of Traditionis Custodes.
He also canceled Confirmations, classifying the sacrament as a “non-essential gathering,” and discouraged Anointing of the Sick for coronavirus sufferers.
Likewise, Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky told his priests that it would be “very appropriate to consider requiring masks at Mass again,” WKYT News reported.
Stowe further stated that there has been an increase of COVID-19 cases and a low percentage of people being vaccinated in certain parts of the diocese. Furthermore, Stowe advised priests to encourage their congregations to get vaccinated, regardless of the serious side effects.
On Halloween 2020, Jane Bernardel, a homeschooling mom of 11, was arrested by police for praying in an empty church after she and her children attended Vespers and recited the Litany of the Saints -- to sanctify a day they see as having been secularized.
After a time of prayer, the pastor of the church, Fr. Gary Ziuraitis, C.Ss.R, approached Mrs. Bernardel and told her that she would have to wear a mask to remain in the church.
But, when Mrs. Bernardel refused, Fr. Ziuraitis called the police and she was arrested. And thereafter, the city of Kansas City, Missouri, brought trespassing charges against Mrs. Bernardel.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition asking the bishop and the parish priest to petition the city to drop trespassing charges against Mrs. Jane Bernardel for praying in an empty church without a mask.
Mrs. Bernardel fully maintains her innocence and her attorneys are prepared to prove it in court.
But, because of this heavy-handed approach, Mrs. Bernardel now faces charges of trespass which could mean a $300 fine and time spent in a "re-education" class.
This is an excessive and disproportionate response to praying without a mask in an empty church.
And, taking into account the church's and diocese's own guidelines, this is also just plain wrong.
Therefore, the only explanation can be that there is some misunderstanding by the bishop and the pastor of the church as to their own guidelines.
But, their misunderstanding should not legally impinge on this homeschooling Mom, who obviously loves the Church and is seeking to do good.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition asking the bishop of the diocese, Bishop James Johnston, and the pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Fr. Gary Ziuraitis, to admit to a big misunderstanding, show clemency, and ask the city to drop the trespassing charges.
After signing and sharing, please take a moment to contact the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to politely express your hope and desire that Bishop Johnston and Fr. Ziuraitis would urgently petition the city to drop the charges against Mrs. Bernardel.
The contact number for the diocese is: 816-756-1850
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Stowe is an open supporter of the LGBT cause, despite the lifestyle contradicting Catholic teaching. In the 2020 election, he also said that the environment should be “preeminent issue” for voters, not abortion.
Many mainstream media outlets and politicians are blaming COVID-19 cases on the unvaccinated. Some are referring to a supposed uptick in coronavirus “cases” as the “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” while other are calling for limiting and banning unvaccinated people from different parts of daily life.
However, all of these people fail to offer any evidence that the experimental vaccines actually prevent COVID-19. In fact, many vaccinated persons have contracted COVID-19. The much-hyped “delta variant” has been proven to be six times more dangerous for the vaccinated.
“New data suggests that fully vaccinated individuals are not just contracting COVID, but could be carrying higher levels of virus than previously understood, facilitating spread, my NBC News colleagues are reporting,” tweeted NBC correspondent Ken Dilanian on July 27.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance on masking on July 27, 2021. It now recommends that the fully vaccinated mask indoors in places with supposedly high COVID-19 spread.
“To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission,” its new guidance says.
It remains to be seen whether in light of this, American Catholic bishops will again mandate people’s faces be covered inside churches.