So very, very rare.
“ Actions taken by the Church hierarchy in Italy such as halting public Masses and “spectral images” from the Vatican are helping to fuel “fear and panic,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has said in a reflection on the coronavirus crisis.
In comments released to the press on Saturday, the former nuncio to the United States and whistleblower said “many expressions of the darkening of the faith that has struck the heights of the Church.”
He added that priests have deprived the hearts of the faithful of a sense of the supernatural and the desire for eternal salvation which make us “capable of facing trials and death.”
Archbishop Viganò also observed what he described as the “tragic subjection of the Church to a State that is striving and doing all it can to destroy the Christian identity of our Italy.”
“ A Texas bishop is fighting coronavirus with Christ’s Real Presence — in sharp contrast to prelates like Chicago’s Cdl. Blase Cupich and Detroit’s Abp. Allen Vigneron, who instead are canceling all Masses.
Taking the Blessed Sacrament to the streets, Bp. Joseph Strickland of the diocese of Tyler held a procession on Friday at 7 a.m. nearly a mile long, circling the block around the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Strickland called the procession a “great blessing and a moment of grace.”
“It was a blessing to collectively turn to the Real Presence of the Lord and ask Him to help us and protect us,” he recounted.
The example set by Strickland, who said on Tuesday Masses will continue, is at odds with the examples set by Cupich, Vigneron and others, who have announced they’re suspending Masses owing to the coronavirus scare..”