Catholic Bishops: COVID-19 Measures Are “Prelude to the Realization of a World Government”

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Warren Mass
Tuesday, 19 May 2020

A document titled “Appeal for the Church and the World: to Catholics and all people of good will” — principally written by former apostolic nuncio Archbishop Carlo Viganò (shown) and promoted by an ad hoc organization that calls itself Veritas Liberabit Vos (the truth shall set you free) — makes some stark, accusatory statements about the harsh, restrictive abridgement of personal and religious freedoms imposed by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the language used in the document is rarely seen outside of constitutionalist, conservative, or libertarian sources on “the right.”

The document wasted no time in getting to the point, stating in the second paragraph, “Under the pretext of the Covid-19 epidemic, the inalienable rights of citizens have in many cases been violated and their fundamental freedoms, including the exercise of freedom of worship, expression and movement, have been disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted.”

The statement, dated 8 May 2020, carried the signatures of three Catholic cardinals: Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, emeritus bishop of Hong Kong; Cardinal Janis Pujats, emeritus archbishop of Riga, Latvia; and Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

It was also signed by several bishops, including two Americans: Joseph Strickland, bishop of Tyler, Texas, and Rene Henry Gracida, bishop emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Paragraph after paragraph, the document presented arguments often found in articles posted by The New American and a few other news sources still committed to defending the Constitution and personal freedom. It stated, “Public health must not, and cannot, become an alibi for infringing on the rights of millions of people around the world, let alone for depriving the civil authority of its duty to act wisely for the common good.”

Noting that there are growing doubts emerging from several sources about the actual danger of the virus, the document stated, “Many authoritative voices in the world of science and medicine confirm that the media’s alarmism about Covid-19 appears to be absolutely unjustified.”

The document then moved into deeper territory when it employed language very familiar to readers of The New American but usually dismissed as “conspiracy theory” by the major media:

We have reason to believe, on the basis of official data on the incidence of the epidemic as related to the number of deaths, that there are powers interested in creating panic among the world’s population with the sole aim of permanently imposing unacceptable forms of restriction on freedoms, of controlling people and of tracking their movements. The imposition of these illiberal measures is a disturbing prelude to the realization of a world government beyond all control.

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