CALGARY (JCCF) — On the two-year anniversary of the first Covid lockdowns in Canada, the Justice Centre has released a new, detailed report: “Two weeks to flatten the curve, two years to flatten our freedoms.”
Starting on March 15, 2020, Canada’s provincial governments announced or immediately imposed school closures and other lockdown measures for a two-week period, in order to “flatten the curve,” suggesting it was necessary to “protect” the health care system. Two weeks have turned into two years as federal, provincial and municipal governments have violated the Charter freedoms of Canadians to move, travel, associate, assemble, worship, express themselves, and exercise control over their own bodies.
Two years into this “two weeks to flatten the curve,” Canadians cannot fly on airplanes unless they have taken the correct number of Covid vaccine doses (currently two) as determined by the Federal Government.
“Most provinces have done away with the discriminatory vaccine passports that turned the vaccine-free into second-class citizens, but provincial governments can re-introduce this vicious discrimination at any time, without warning,” notes lawyer John Carpay, President of the Justice Centre.
“These past two years of violating our Charter rights and freedoms are based on the demonstrably false prediction of Imperial College London’s Dr. Neil Ferguson, who equated Covid to the Spanish flu of 1918. The fear is not based on facts, but the irrational fear still has a hold on the minds and hearts of some Canadians,” continues Mr. Carpay.
The Justice Centre’s paper outlines how federal and provincial governments, in the name of “following the science,” have enacted inconsistent, ineffective, and damaging measures in an attempt to eradicate a virus which has not proven to be a deadly threat for the overwhelming majority of Canadians. The report looks back and analyzes lockdowns in the light of science, also taking into account the widespread economic, physical, and psychological damage which these policies inflicted upon Canadians.
By all accounts, Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres' diocese of Arecibo in Puerto Rico is flourishing because of his adherence to the perennial teachings of the Church.
But, without any formal proceedings, Bishop Fernández Torres has been summarily 'relieved' of his episcopal duties allegedly because he championed conscience rights in the face of a Church vaccine mandate in Puerto Rico.
Please SIGN this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to reinstate Bishop Fernández Torres now.
To be clear, COVID-19 is a serious disease, oftentimes with debilitating consequences, or worse, for those who contract it.
However, all coronavirus vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have been tested on or produced with cell lines of aborted babies. And, the vaccines have been linked to serious side effects, while none has yet completed long-term testing.
Given the complexity of this issue, the Church has determined that getting vaccinated is a matter of personal discernment which each individual must make after informing his or her conscience.
As such, the Church teaches that there is no moral obligation to be vaccinated. Indeed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Church's teaching authority where faith and moral are concerned, issued a statement to that effect in December, 2020.
Specifically, the CDF's, “Note on the Morality of Using Some Anti-COVID-19 Vaccines,” of December 17, 2020, n. 5 states: “At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”
Therefore, it would appear that for simply restating the current teaching of the CDF and for opposing his brother bishops in Puerto Rico on this seminal matter of conscientious objection, Rome is now attempting to "cancel" Bishop Fernández Torres.
This is wrong, unfair and discriminatory!
And, Bishop Fernández Torres is hardly the first bishop to defend Church teaching on conscientious objection on the issue of mandatory vaccination. Both the Colorado and South Dakota bishops' conferences released similar statements, and like Bishop Fernández Torres, they also offered to validate religious exemptions for member of their flock who asked to be exempted from vaccination.
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For his part, Bishop Fernández Torres, 57, a staunch defender of life and family, protested his removal as "totally unjust" in a statement released Wednesday (3/9/2022).
The bishop, who led his diocese for nearly 12 years, noted that Pope Francis’ apostolic delegate to Puerto Rico verbally requested that he resign, but said that he refused to do so, as he "did not want to become an accomplice of a totally unjust action."
"No process has been made against me," Bishop Fernández Torres wrote, "nor have I been formally accused of anything, and simply one day the apostolic delegate verbally communicated to me that Rome was asking me to resign."
“A successor of the apostles is now being replaced without even undertaking what would be a due canonical process to remove a parish priest,” the bishop added.
“I was informed that I had committed no crime but that I supposedly ‘had not been obedient to the pope nor had I been in sufficient communion with my brother bishops of Puerto Rico,’” he said. “It was suggested to me that if I resigned from the diocese I would remain at the service of the Church in case at some time I was needed in some other position; an offer that in fact proves my innocence.”
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to reinstate Bishop Fernández Torres. Thank you!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Pope Francis abruptly removes faithful bishop who opposed COVID vaccine mandates' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-abruptly-removes-faithful-bishop-who-opposed-covid-vaccine-mandates/
'Puerto Rico bishop supports conscience objections to COVID vaccines, allows priests to sign exemptions' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/puerto-rico-bishop-supports-conscience-objections-to-covid-vaccines-allows-priests-to-sign-exemptions/
**Photo Credit: Diocese of Arecibo
“We have asked Canada’s federal and provincial governments about their cost-benefit analyses of lockdown measures. To our knowledge, not one of Canada’s governments has conducted a thorough review of lockdown benefits versus lockdown harms,” says Mr. Carpay.
“Two weeks to flatten the curve, two years to flatten our freedoms” includes an extensive collection of the inconsistent and even absurd health mandates imposed upon Canadians which have eroded public confidence in our authorities. The failure of the new mRNA Covid vaccines to create herd immunity, and their failure to stop the spread of the virus, is one example. Seemingly illogical and arbitrary measures are documented as they were imposed across the country.
“Absurd mandates such as the closing of churches while leaving big box stores open, restricting the purchasing of goods subjectively deemed ‘non-essential,’ night-time curfews and the prohibition on serving alcohol after 10 p.m. are just some of the examples of how our governments and health authorities are following ideology rather than science,” continues Mr. Carpay.
“As we now enter our third year of Charter violations, the Justice Centre will continue to hold governments accountable in court,” he concludes.
Reprinted with permission from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms