Crown and Crozier

Faith, Fear, Lockdowns, and Vaccines: The Church’s Witness During COVID - Phil Lawler

October 23, 2021 Season 2 Episode 2
Crown and Crozier
Faith, Fear, Lockdowns, and Vaccines: The Church’s Witness During COVID - Phil Lawler
Show Notes

The COVID pandemic has impacted virtually all aspects of our day-to-day lives, including our life in the Church.

How has the Church fared in navigating these impacts?  Has she distinguished herself in her response, including in relation to restrictions on accessing the sacraments, and to moral and ethical questions surrounding the COVID vaccines?  Has Church leadership made a compelling case that, pandemic or not, the laws of God will always supersede the laws of man?

Joining us to help grapple with these questions is Philip Lawler, editor of Catholic World News and news director at CatholicCulture.org.  Author/editor of 10 books, his latest work is Contagious Faith: Why the Church Must Spread Hope, Not Fear, In A Pandemic. 

0:00 - Introduction
2:00 - Responding to COVID - a report card for the Church
3:15 - The Church's singular mission, pandemic or no pandemic
7:50 - First time for everything - Church doors shut by Church leaders
10:00 - The lingering fog of COVID
13:40 - Eucharistic coherence
17:10 - "No communion, please" - public health officials overstep
19:05 - To love thy neighbour is to evangelize
21:00 - Moral concerns with COVID vaccines
26:20 - Duty to lobby for ethical vaccines
31:00 - Our parishes - all welcome?
35:20 - Flashing the pass for Mass?
37:25 - Reclaiming zeal for the Sacraments
39:55 - Conclusion

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Documents/Websites referenced 

Philip Lawler (bio)

@PhilLawler

Philip Lawler - Contagious Faith: Why the Church Must Spread Hope, Not Fear, In A Pandemic

Dr. Jeff Mirus, “Following your conscience? 2. The COVID problem”

Philip Lawler, “Vaccination and conscience: a challenge to Church authority” 

Marisa Iati, “Philadelphia becomes latest archdiocese to reject religious exemptions for vaccine mandates”

Colorado Catholic Conference, “A letter from the bishops of Colorado on COVID-19 vaccine mandates” 

York Region Public Health, “COVID-19: Guidance for Places of Worship” [page 4]

Gregory A. Smith,  “Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ” 

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