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(LifeSiteNews) — Lithuania, a historically Catholic Baltic nation which bucked Soviet oppression in the 1980s, has now effectively created a two-tiered society by requiring its citizens to show a government-issued COVID-19 health pass to participate in most aspects of society.

After joining the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) program in June, Lithuanian officials dropped the hammer on unvaccinated citizens last month by making the COVID-19 vaccine passport mandatory to access a slew of public and even private gatherings, events, and venues.

Beginning September 13, citizens who do not qualify for or do not use the EUDCC, or the locally issued “Freedom ID,” have been barred from “non-essential shops,” public indoor spaces, public gatherings, private parties, larger events, cafes, restaurants, shopping malls, beauty shops, and more.

The EUDCC, a digital document that can be checked via a QR code, is used to show proof of having obtained a full round of COVID-19 vaccinations, of having received a negative test result in the last 48 hours, or of having recently recovered from COVID. Lithuanians can also use a so-called “Freedom ID,” a locally issued document approved by the government in May to be used as a “health pass.”

According to a statement on the government’s official “Koronastop” website, “all contact services and economic activities shall be carried out and events organised (except for the established exceptions) only for persons who meet the criteria set by the National Certificate as the national covid pass. Only persons who can present a valid National Certificate shall be able to receive contact services.”

Putting additional strain on citizens, some employers have begun forcing their employees to show proof of vaccination, shoving unvaccinated workers into unpaid leave or forbidding them to work in-person.

In a lengthy article detailing Lithuania’s strict new mandates, Lithuanian resident Gluboco Lietuva explained that as an unvaccinated citizen he is prohibited from accessing most public spaces.

Lietuva also said that he and his wife were both suspended from their jobs without pay after their employers enacted policies requiring the health pass to go to work.

“We are allowed to return when we comply with the mandate to present a valid Covid Pass,” he wrote.

Lietuva argued that Lithuania, which suffered for decades under crushing tyrannical rule by the Soviet Union before declaring sovereignty in 1989 and independence in 1990, has now succumbed to a new totalitarianism under the auspices of public health.

“We battled against the government-led propaganda and ‘Show me your documents!’ authoritarianism of the USSR, only to now acquiesce meekly to a new regime of media-led propaganda and technocratic, fear-driven health authoritarianism of ‘Show me your Covid QR Code!’” he said.

Lietuva added that residents of Lithuania, freed from the grip of Communism three decades ago, have “re-entered into a world where you have to whisper about your opposition to government policies, where you have to scan your documents to eat in a restaurant. Where you’re suspended from work without pay for non-compliance. And where fear compels you to undergo medical treatments, you don’t want.”

According to Lietuva, despite some protests Lithuanians have by and large accepted the new segregation of society by vaccination status with a general attitude of “apathy.”

An historically Catholic nation whose population is still three-quarters Catholic, at least 70% of Lithuanians have taken at least one dose of the shot according to data released last month.

The apathy in response to the mandates runs contrary to the feelings of many Catholics around the world who have serious moral objections to the COVID-19 injections currently on the market, citing the shots’ ties to abortion in testing and production.

Many also object to the notion that the injections should be mandated by governments or other authorities, rather than left up to individuals to make their own prudential judgement.

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UPDATE 10/29/2021:

Joe Biden claims Pope Francis said he should continue receiving Holy Communion, despite the president's radical, anti-Catholic support for abortion. Biden asserted that the pontiff “was happy I’m a good Catholic,” and that the president should “keep receiving Communion.”

Please SIGN this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to clarify what he told Biden at his private audience in Rome. Biden should be facing formal excommunication because of his public and obstinate promotion of abortion, but instead we have the perverse situation in which he claims to have the blessing of the pope to sacrilegiously receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. Pope Francis must clarify what exactly was said in order to avoid scandal and being complicit in such grave sin. If Joe Biden wishes to return to communion with the Church he must immediately and publicly stop and repent from his active support of the culture of death.

To ensure that this petition reaches Pope Francis, it will also be CC'ed to the Papal Nuncio of the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, as well as to the Chairman of the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Naumann.

Indeed, Joe Biden recently proposed a budget which would eliminate the Hyde Amendment, potentially allowing billions of taxpayer dollars to go to the funding of abortion domestically.

So, it is now an indisputable fact that Joe Biden, himself, is forcing abortion on the American public as well as around the world (e.g., Biden's executive order abolishing the Mexico City Policy).

However, since we know that the Church prioritizes abortion as the "pre-eminent" moral issue, and also how the pope has recently reiterated the teaching that abortion is "homicide," we ask the Pope to ensure that Biden's scandalous claim be clarified and his support for abortion be condemned.

This is the prime opportunity for the pope to make it crystal clear to Biden: Promoting abortion is absolutely and utterly incompatible with being in communion with the Church, and that those politicians who publicly and obstinately support abortion effectively put themselves outside communion with the Church, but also merit formal excommunication.

Joe Biden's active and concentrated promotion of abortion since he took office only 9 months ago is a grave scandal to the faithful of the United States, and to Catholics everywhere.

But, perhaps even more scandalous is the USCCB's decision not to directly and publicly address how Biden's radical, public promotion of abortion affects his standing in the Church.

The silence from our American shepherds is deafening.

Therefore, Pope Francis must now intervene to protect both the Holy Eucharist and our preborn brothers and sisters from death, to protect authentic Church teaching from deceitful "Catholics" like Joe Biden, and to protect the faithful from the grievous scandal caused by Biden's claims, action and the intolerable dithering and "dialoging" engaged in by the USCCB.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Biden will meet with Pope Francis to discuss ‘human dignity,’ but abortion left off agenda'

'Biden restores foreign aid to abortion by repealing Mexico City Policy'

'Removing the Hyde Amendment in Biden’s proposed budget will set a precedent'

ORIGINAL PETITION:

Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Pope Francis in Rome in a rapidly approaching audience on October 29th.

Please SIGN this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to tell Biden that he will face formal excommunication because of his public and obstinate promotion of abortion, and that if he wishes to return to communion with the Church he must immediately and publicly stop and repent from his active support of the culture of death.

To ensure that this petition reaches Pope Francis, it will also be CC'ed to the Papal Nuncio of the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, as well as to the Chairman of the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Naumann.

Indeed, Joe Biden recently proposed a budget which would eliminate the Hyde Amendment, potentially allowing billions of taxpayer dollars to go to the funding of abortion domestically.

So, it is now an indisputable fact that Joe Biden, himself, is forcing abortion on the American public as well as around the world (e.g., Biden's executive order abolishing the Mexico City Policy).

But, reports suggest that the pope and Biden are only supposed to speak about COVID and climate change...

However, since we know that the Church prioritizes abortion as the "pre-eminent" moral issue, and also how the pope has recently reiterated the teaching that abortion is "homicide," we ask the Pope to ensure that Biden's scandalous support of abortion become the central focus of their meeting.

This is the prime opportunity for the pope to make it crystal clear to Biden: Promoting abortion is absolutely and utterly incompatible with being in communion with the Church, and that those politicians who publicly and obstinately support abortion effectively put themselves outside communion with the Church, but also merit formal excommunication.

Joe Biden's active and concentrated promotion of abortion since he took office only 9 months ago is a grave scandal to the faithful of the United States, and to Catholics everywhere.

But, perhaps even more scandalous is the USCCB's decision not to directly and publicly address how Biden's radical, public promotion of abortion affects his standing in the Church.

The silence from our American shepherds is deafening.

Therefore, Pope Francis must now intervene to protect our preborn brothers and sisters from death, to protect authentic Church teaching from deceitful "Catholics" like Joe Biden, and to protect the faithful from the grievous scandal caused by Biden's action and the intolerable dithering and "dialoging" engaged in by the USCCB.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Biden will meet with Pope Francis to discuss ‘human dignity,’ but abortion left off agenda' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-will-meet-with-pope-francis-to-discuss-human-dignity-abortion-left-off-agenda/

'Biden restores foreign aid to abortion by repealing Mexico City Policy' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-restores-foreign-aid-to-abortion-with-repeal-of-mexico-city-policy/

'Removing the Hyde Amendment in Biden’s proposed budget will set a precedent' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/removing-the-hyde-amendment-in-bidens-proposed-budget-will-set-a-precedent/

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While a document put out by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in December 2020 suggests the shots may be morally permissible despite their abortion connections, arguing that “[t]he moral duty to avoid such passive material cooperation is not obligatory if there is a grave danger,” the Vatican guidance explicitly forbids mandates, stating that “practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

On September 10, just ahead of the implementation of the vaccine passport scheme, those Lithuanians not apathetic about it took to the streets of the nation’s capital to protest the walling off of much of society to the unjabbed.

According to Agence France Presse, police reported that roughly 5,000 people participated in the rally and two protesters were arrested.

Nonetheless, Lietuva explained that those in Lithuania who oppose the COVID pass “regime” are usually either ignored by the mainstream media or “caricatured by both the government and the media as far-right, anti-LGBT, conspiracy theorists, and neo-Nazis.”

“This social stigmatization of opponents works,” he said. “Opponents of vaccine mandates are muted with the label of ‘anti-vaxxers,’ which in our post-Soviet society is seen as a person who is irrationally fatalistic, mystical, illiterate, selfish, anti-modern, and anti-science.”

To date, those without a COVID pass can still gain entrance to “essential shops,” “[m]inor repair services and financial services” as long as contact with other people is no longer than 15 minutes, healthcare services, public transit, legal services, and education, including “pre-school, pre-primary, primary, basic, secondary education, initial vocational training, non-formal education of children, and educational assistance.” University students, however, must show a COVID pass to attend classes.

News of Lithuania’s entrance into a strict COVID pass regime comes as a litany of European Union member countries have also adopted the EUDCC or other similar digital passes, requiring citizens and travelers to show proof of vaccination, negative test, or recent recovery to access myriad public venues.

Some of the European nations enacting such restrictive measures are Austria, Belgium, Greece, Italy, France, and Germany.

Australia, which has made international headlines for its brutal enforcement of harsh policies allegedly implemented for the mitigation of COVID-19, is also embracing a so-called “vaccinated economy.”

It is also becoming evident that as the efficacy of current COVID-19 jabs wanes, booster shots will be mandated in the continent nation.

In the Australian state of Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews said at a media briefing Monday: “Two doses, or you’re not getting in [to the state]. Two doses, or you’re not going to work. This is absolutely critical.”

Andrews added, “It will be in everybody’s interests, all of us, for the health and safety, for the health system, and of course to continue participating in the vaccinated economy —  you will need to have a booster shot.”

Last week, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted in a press conference that she is seeking to impose medical segregation upon her country.

“You’ve basically said, and you probably don’t see it like this, but two different classes of people if you’re vaccinated or unvaccinated. If you’re vaccinated you have all these rights,” a journalist from the New Zealand Herald suggested.

Smiling, Ardern answered, “That is what it is. Yep.”

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