Jim Caviezel asked, “Where Are Our Hierarchy Taking on The Leaders of The State?”

On September 20, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in an open air homily, “For months now, the City has limited worship services to just 12 people outdoors.”
 
Unfortunately, he obeyed this absurd, unjust and unconstitutional law against the free exercise of religion and celebrated Mass outdoors, with only about 12 people, on the Plaza of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. In his homily, he lamented the unjust law, but he obeyed it. Why did he do that?

 
 
When the pagan Romans prohibited the celebration of Mass, the Christians disobeyed the unjust law and celebrated Mass. When the Protestant English prohibited the celebration of Mass, the Catholic Irish disobeyed the unjust law and celebrated Mass. When the Communist Russians prohibited the celebration of Mass, the Christians disobeyed the unjust law and celebrated Mass. All of these prohibitions were under the threat of death. And now, when the Chinese are selectively prohibiting the celebration of Mass by the "Underground Church", they disobey the unjust law and celebrate Mass under the threat of death.
 
The City of San Francisco has effectively prohibited the celebration of Mass by limiting it to only 12 people outdoors. This is an unjust law. St. Thomas of Aquinas teaches that an unjust law is not a law at all and need not be obeyed. “Laws may be unjust through being opposed to the Divine good: such are the laws of tyrants inducing to idolatry, or to anything else contrary to the Divine law: [author: such as the prohibition of the free exercise of religion] and laws of this kind must nowise be observed, because, as stated in Acts 5:29, ‘we ought to obey God rather than man.’” (Summa Theologica Q. 96 A. 4).



Why didn’t the Archbishop act in moral civil disobedience and celebrate Mass inside the Cathedral? Why don’t he and other bishops and priests lead the faithful in moral civil disobedience and open the churches for the free exercise of religion by celebrating Mass and administering the sacraments in them? As the Black leaders led a moral civil disobedience Civil Rights Movement against segregation, let us pray that our bishops and priests will lead us in a moral civil disobedience Religious Rights Movement.
 
Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in the Passion film, recently said, “Right now, in the United States, we can’t even go to church. … Where are our hierarchy taking on the leaders of the State? The State is completely off! It is a violation of our inalienable rights, our Judeo-Christian faith. They have to fight back! (World Over Live, September 17, 2020).
 
Let us pray a continuing Novena in Honor of Jesus as True King for the specific intention that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone may lead us in a moral civil disobedience Religious Rights Movement.

Let us pray that he may be granted courage and fortitude and the supernatural grace to civilly disobey the City of San Francisco's unjust law, that is not a law at all, and immediately resume the celebration of Mass inside the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption and in all the Catholic churches in San Francisco for himself and for his priests at maximum capacity under the standard COVID-19 guidelines of sanitation, face coverings and maintaining 6 foot distances.   

If the revolutionaries are allowed to gather in the streets and loot, burn and shoot without following any of these standard guidelines, and without any enforcement of the criminal laws whatsoever, why can't people peacefully worship God in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in the free exercise of their religion while following the standard guidelines?



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