Politics, science and a leap of faith confront Christians this Sunday in Kansas City and throughout the nation.
The dilemma . . .
PREZ TRUMP ORDERING CHURCH REOPEN TESTS OF THE FAITH OF HIS CRITICS!!!
Here are just a few moral dilemmas that this brilliant political posturing evokes . . .
True believers in MAGA and the Big JC still confront the same risks as everyone else.
Authorities continue to advise against large gatherings.
Many Democratic Party loyalists desperately want to return to church but rebuke any command from the President on the topic of faith & morals.
Meanwhile, traditional conservatives who advocate small government and a separation betwixt Church & State bristle at the faith-based edict from the Commander-In-Chief which sets a dangerous precedent of White House control over religious institutions.
And so, to help unpack this Sunday soul searching, we share these national and local news links to contemplate . . .
Prez Trump Proclaims American Churches Are Essential
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as "essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown. The president threatened to "override" governors who defy him, but it was unclear what authority he has to do so.
Priest Pushes Back Against Prez Trump Commandment
CNN religion commentator Father Edward Beck writes about President Donald Trump's order to reopen churches and places of worship. He's afraid reopening churches now might risk many lives rather than nourishing them.
Question Of Faith: White House Rules God's House???
President Donald Trump is making a show of siding with religious groups in their clashes with state and local authorities - but his own Justice Department's actions are exposing the challenges involved in trying to bring the federal government's power to bear on the issue.
Church Provides No Sanctuary From Coronavirus
As President Donald Trump sides with churches that want to reopen faster than their state's safety guidelines will allow, new Covid-19 virus outbreaks associated with in-person religious services are being reported worldwide. Trump demanded Friday that states allow places of worship to reopen and even threatened to order them open himself if governors won't, though he doesn't have the authority under federal law.
Prez Trump Proudly Defends Church Reopen Rights
Houses of worship around the country on Friday got a presidential green light to open immediately. "I call on governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now," President Trump said in remarks at the White House. "These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united," he said.
Catholic Compromise Balances Faith & Reason
by Michelle La Rosa Denver Newsroom, May 22, 2020 / 05:45 pm MT (CNA).- While President Donald Trump's May 22 call to reopen churches has become a source of national controversy, a group of Catholic doctors has offered a plan that could expedite that process. "I think that if we
Good Faith Judgement???
President Donald Trump, deeming houses of worship "essential places that provide essential services," called Friday for governors to allow them to reopen immediately-regardless of whether he actually has the authority to impose such an order.
Prez Trump Remains 'Chosen One' Amongst Religious Right
"The Covid virus has been a gift from God," began Ken Eldred. "The kingdom of God advances through a series of glorious victories, cleverly disguised as disasters." In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Eldred noted, millions of Americans are turning to Christ, Walmart is selling out of Bibles, and online church broadcasts have hit record numbers.
Local Troops Ordered To Stand Down For Memorial Day Mass
LENEXA, Kan. - Even during a pandemic, some Memorial Day customs carry on. Metro families crowd into cemeteries this weekend, paying their respects while protecting themselves from coronavirus as they visit the graves of lost loved ones. However, directors at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa were forced to cancel the annual Memorial Day Mass, which dates back at least 20 years.
Kansas City Practices Gentle Communion Toss Whilst Some Priests Still Prefer The Tongue
by Joe Bollig firstname.lastname@example.org KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Months after all public Masses in the archdiocese were canceled on March 17, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann announced last week that parishes were opening up - slowly and carefully. In a video message posted on the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas website, Archbishop Naumann announced the resumption of public Masses beginning May 9.
You decide . . .