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Very Bad News

March 16th, 2020, Promulgated by Diane Harris

The Mass hasn’t left us; we’ve left the Mass. May God forgive all who have abandoned Him in our moment of greatest need.

Bishop Salvatore Matano has forbidden all public Masses. It is believed that the Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse Dioceses and all Ohio Dioceses have done the same. Bp. Matano does not mention restoration of the Mass, which is of course difficult to predict; however, other dioceses are reported to be saying it will not be before Easter. Here is the content of Bp. Matano’s letter:



There is so much no one can predict, but there is never any question of staying faithful to Jesus. What will happen to all those Tabernacles filled with the Sacred Hosts? Cannot we find a way in which the laity can be fed? What will happen to souls left without their spiritual food? How long will this Chastisement last?

Now the weakness of the hierarchy and the lack of courage of many years is being visited upon the flock, leading us to think not as God thinks, but as man thinks.

Father, please give us this day (and every day) our Daily Bread! Christ taught us to ask for this blessing.


Compare the above letter to the exhortation of Archbishop Vigano (please read):

The Archbishop finishes with the following words:   Open, throw open wide the doors to Christ! Open, throw open wide the doors of our churches so that the faithful may enter in, repent of their sins, participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and draw upon the treasury of graces that flow from the pierced Heart of Christ, our only Redeemer who can save us from sin and death.”

Perhaps it is even more surprising that those words are written by Abp. Vigano specifically in response to closing of the Churches in Italy (since partially reversed), where the death rate is so much higher than in the U.S.  And, how can we not notice the timing of multiple dioceses all announcing at essentially the same time? Choreographed announcements of fear. Cardinal Ratzinger was right when he wrote that bishops’ associations need to “refind personal courage again.” So, let’s consider, just how many people have died in the Diocese of Rochester from coronavirus to precipitate such a radical action?

Lifesite News reports a bishop in Michigan committed to keeping Mass on Sunday:

March 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop Earl Boyea of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, is continuing Sunday Masses, has urged parishes to keep churches open, to bring Holy Communion to those self-isolating, and is encouraging Eucharistic Adoration and devotion to St. Joseph in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. See:


4 Responses to “Very Bad News”

  1. Ben Anderson says:

    This is not a matter of fortitude, but of prudence. Diane, I think your question regarding how many have died in Rochester shows you haven’t grasped the reason behind shutting everything down.

  2. Diane Harris says:

    …or perhaps I understand far more than you think I do.

  3. Ben Anderson says:

    Then why not address those reasons instead of ignoring them? Make an actual case if you’re going to take a stand like this.

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