SALEM, Oregon, December 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – On Friday, more than 400 people gathered at Oregon’s capital, praying and rallying for the full opening of churches after the state governor imposed limits on church attendance due to COVID-19.
“We are here today to speak in one voice: Stop the religious repression. It happened in our former country, a communist and a socialist country, and it’s starting to happen here now,” said Young Tran, a refugee from Vietnam.
“We risked our life to leave the communist country, to leave the socialist system, to come here to enjoy the freedom,” continued Tran.
The Oregon Knights of Columbus planned the rally in response to Oregon governor Kate Brown’s order that churches enforce a 25-person limit, according to the Catholic News Service.
“After protests from Archbishop Alexander K. Sample and other leaders, Brown on Nov. 25 expanded church attendance to 25 percent of capacity, or 100 people, whichever is less,” reported CNS.
PETITION UPDATE (12/10/20)
Prior to the election on November 3, the U.S. bishops as a whole did not address Joe Biden’s anti-Catholic position regarding faith and morals. The bishops’ lack of clarity is a scandal in itself and probably contributed to the possible election of a pro-abortion “Catholic” to the presidency.
The bishops could have spoken out against Biden’s stance collectively, but they were overwhelmingly silent. Because of this, they will be at least partly responsible for the policies advanced by a Biden administration, in the event that Biden is sworn into office.
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Since Archbishop José H. Gomez and the USCCB prematurely congratulated Joe Biden as “the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith,” Gomez has announced that Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will lead a “working group” to deal with a Biden Administration.
Although Joe Biden professes to be a Catholic, he supports policies that directly oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church, including abortion, homosexual “marriage,” and transgenderism for children.
“[Biden has] given us reason to believe that he will support policies that are against some fundamental values that we hold dear as Catholics. These policies include the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and the preservation of Roe v. Wade. Both of these policies undermine our pre-eminent priority of the elimination of abortion,” said Gomez.
On November 9, Archbishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas tweeted: “A dark cloud has descended on this nation when the USCCB and Planned Parenthood speak in unison in support of a Biden-Harris administration that supports the slaughter of innocents by abortion for all 9 months of pregnancy.”
Additionally, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, Colorado and Archbishop Charles Chaput have both declared publicly that Joe Biden “should not receive Holy Communion."
Unfortunately, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. has said that he will give Holy Communion to Biden because “it’s a matter of the responsibility that I have as the archbishop to be engaged and to be in dialogue with him, even in those areas where we obviously have some differences.”
Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Delaware and Bishop McElroy of San Diego also congratulated Biden in statements, but they have not indicated whether or not they would administer Holy Communion to him.
The bishops should not congratulate someone who has betrayed his Catholic Faith like Joe Biden has. It's an embarrassment and a scandal.
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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has finally spoken on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris....
Not to chastise them for their blatant anti-life, anti-family and anti-Catholic views, but to "congratulate" them on "[being elected]"!
BUT, as everyone know, the anti-Catholic Biden-Harris ticket has NOT been elected.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the U.S. Catholic bishops telling them to retract their premature and offensive statement on the media's call of the election in Biden's favor.
As of the launch of this petition on November 9, NOT ONE STATE has certified the election results. All of the results are tentative and many are being litigated.
So, this is not the time for the bishops to falsely assert that Biden "has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States."
That's just not true, and for the bishops to willingly play along with the media's attempt to sweep allegations of voter fraud under the rug, is shocking behavior.
And, while Joe Biden may profess the Catholic Faith, he has also stated his support for abortion, homosexual "marriage," and recently, transgenderism for children.
For bishops, therefore, to congratulate a traitor to the Catholic Faith like Joe Biden, it requires a disturbing level of arrogance and pride.
That is not to say they should stand in judgement. But to congratulate such a man, rather than chastise him, sends exactly the wrong message to the faithful, 50% of whom are believed to have supported Biden in his election bid.
Stop ingratiating yourselves to a person who is advocating mass murder! Stop congratulating this anti-Catholic "Catholic."
For goodness' sake, grow a backbone and start defending the Faith!
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**Photo Credit: Screen grab from USCCB's Twitter feed. Original photo: CNS Photo/Colton Machado/Archdiocese of LA
The lightened restrictions failed to appease the demonstrators, who resolutely went on to demand that churches open at full capacity.
“We will not surrender one more centimeter of religious freedom to any government,” said Father Theodore Lange, chaplain of the Oregon Knights of Columbus.
“We want God!” the demonstrators chanted, echoing the cry of the Poles under communist rule in 1979, when Pope John Paul II visited Poland for a historic Mass in Warsaw’s Victory Square.
“We never thought that when we escaped from Vietnam that we would be persecuted here in the United States. That is really painful,” said Father Ansgar Pham, pastor of Our Lady of La Vang and one of the hundreds of Vietnamese Catholics who attended the rally.
Fr. Lange explained that repression of worship is wrong even if it is “not the violent sort suffered by Middle East Christians now or believers in Vietnam or Mexico in years past,” reported CNS.
“We receive from you, Father, the duty to speak clearly and loudly that we are created by you and our right to worship you comes from you and no government can repress that,” Fr. Lange said to the crowd.
Kevin Mannix, a Salem Catholic and Republican political leader, “suggested churches should at least be afforded the same treatment as grocery stores, which are allowed 75 percent capacity.”
“Why don't we remind the governor's attorneys that the Oregon constitution has in Article 1 Section 2: ‘All men shall be secure in the natural right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences,” said Mannix.
“We need to continue this,” said Ron Boyce, Oregon state deputy of the Knights of Columbus. “It just can’t be a one-day thing. It needs to be an everyday thing. We aren’t going to back down.”
“If we do not learn from history, it will repeat itself,” said Fr. Lange.