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Thursday, 26 November 2020

An Open Letter to Thomas Cardinal Collins on the Cessation of Public Masses for Advent and Christmas


This was originally written by Vox Cantoris, and we re-publish it with his permission. I have already been told it is a "disgusting" letter - all the more reason to read it!

Dear Cardinal Collins, 

Laudeter Jesus Christus. 

I write this letter to you and make it public under these provisions of the Code of Canon Law. 212 §1 to Canon 215*. In all good conscience, well-formed and Christian, I cannot remain silent to the abomination before me and my society. 

This letter has been forwarded, by blind copy, to a good number of our priests in the Archdiocese of Toronto and bishops elsewhere, so that they will be aware of the facts which are not being discussed by you or your staff or disseminated to the Catholic faithful. It will also be posted on Vox Cantoris, shared with other bloggers and social media as a public record to advise Catholics in Toronto of the facts and the abandoning of your duty before God and His faithful people. 

Earlier in the wretched year of 2020, more of Satan than Our Blessed Lord, I wrote publicly on my blog how to manage church function during the upcoming lockdown. https://voxcantor.blogspot.com/2020/03/dear-bishops-there-is-better-way-than.html. I suggested an attendance cap and ticket system based upon building occupancy. I suggested forty percent. Someone read my post and three months later, took some of my advice. That advice should have been taken immediately. There was no reason or no science to support the complete withholding of our Lent and Holy Week and the Triduum and Eastertide and Pentecost and Corpus Christi. Yet, I acquiesced and urged my fellow Catholics to do the same in the interests of Christian charity, legitimate authority and public health. That was then. Now, we know much more about the virus and we have ways to manage it ourselves. This writer even condemned foolish Catholics in the Diocese of Hamilton that lost the use of two churches for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite because of their obstinate refusal to wear a mask in accord with the Bishop’s request and various municipal by-laws. All reasonable legitimate authority. 

Since this time, all of us have learnt much about what Father John Zuhlsdorf calls the “Wuhan Devil.” Catholics certainly are following all requests in our churches, priests certainly are, yet notwithstanding this, you have shuttered our churches to the public worship of God, again, even though the Premier of Ontario has, without any science limited worship to ten. Ten, even at St. Clare of Assisi, St. Paul’s Basilica and St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. You have outdone Premier Ford in a race to the bottom by banning the public worship of God. This is a crime against God and man. The virus spread is not and was not coming from churches. You had a duty to ensure that these latest restrictions, which are crippling our small business sector, did not affect worship. If you intervened or your staff attempted to intervene, then you should advise us that you did and failed and the government rebuffed you. Then we can blame Mr. Ford. Clearly, nothing has been learnt since the false promises by the former Premier on a certain Bill which you and your staff, well know. You should have gone public and to court. You should have defended the faith in the manner of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, to whom you so often refer, including last week. 

Now, the facts. 

As of this writing, there are 523 people in hospital in Ontario due SARS-CoV-2. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/. That is 523 out of more than the 2019 population of 14,416,515 people for which there are nearly 500 hospitals and 20,000 hospital beds. Those hospitalized represent 0.003% of the population. For this, the Premier, who does not attend church and probably has not darkened one since the funeral of his poor brother, does not see Holy Mass as “essential service.” He has interfered with our God-given and Charter Rights and you have acquiesced in this abomination. He is bankrupting our Province and our small businesses whilst allowing globalist conglomerates to operate with impunity. Mr. Ford has interfered with our spiritual lives and those of our Protestant brethren and our Jewish and sincere Moslem brothers and sisters. Rather than leading and rallying the leaders of these faiths in a true Francis style “brotherhood” to confront the secularist, globalist minions, you have done nothing. 

More? 

On November 15, 2020, CTV News reported that 10,947 people across Canada had died of SARS-CoV-2 and 10,781 of those who died were in long-term care. What happened to Mr. Ford’s “iron ring?” Where were you and your brother bishops when this literal murder was and still is, being perpetuated? The CBC reported in May that 80% of deaths of the first wave were in long-term care. https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/coronavirus-canada-long-term-care-deaths-study-1.5626751. Are we imitating here in Ontario, Andrew Cuomo’s actions in the Empire State? The same people who happily stick a needle in some poor soul in a murder/suicide or kill babies in the womb, are clutching their pearls over a bad flu while letting it run rampant in nursing homes. It is an indictment of incompetence on the part of Mr. Ford and the Government of Ontario and our experts in public health especially the Chief Medical Officer none of whom are the sharpest scalpels on the tray who as with Catholic Mr. Biden, were generally in the bottom 1% of their class. It is an indictment of you and your brother bishops who have sat by in your protected palaces and blasphemed the Holy Sacrifice by wearing a mask in the sanctuary whilst the rest of us try to get on with life and pay our bills and hope buy a little bread and grog. This has happened and you have said and done nothing to stop it. 

The difference between those who have died in Canada outside of long-term care is (CTV numbers) 166. 

One hundred and sixty-six. 

You have shut down the public worship of God which is His right and our duty because 166 people have died in Canada over the last eight months. You have done this at a time when a globalist cabal is using every opportunity world-wide to stymy our rights and liberty and free practice of true religion. Rather, you should “open wide the doors to Christ” rather than bolting them. 

Late last evening, the United States Supreme Court https://www.marketwatch.com/story/supreme-court-rules-that-cuomo-cant-limit-attendance-at-new-york-religious-services-due-to-covid-19-2020-11-26 thanks to Justice Amy Coney Barrett, overturned the “Catholic” Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on church and synagogue attendance. Interesting that Mr. Ford has copied identically, the Cuomo model of colour and levels. Cuomo, the same man responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of seniors in long-term care. This will not stop at New York and will shortly spread across America. Supreme courts in one western country often use precedent established in another – so called same-sex marriage being an example. You have a duty now to defy Mr. Ford and undertake and initiate immediate legal action. 

We now sit on the cusp of Advent and there will be no public Mass. Not even for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. No doubt, you will cancel Christ's Mass. All for 166 deaths across Canada. 

As a priest wrote to me yesterday, “Cardinal Collins should meditate on St. Luke’s gospel, IX, 59-60:   “But he said to another: Follow me. And he said: Lord, suffer me first to go, and to bury my father.  And Jesus said to him: Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou, and preach the kingdom of God.” 

We, “ask for bread and you give us stones.” Matthew 7:9. 

Cardinal Collins, do your duty to God and man and do it now! 

Vox Cantoris

* Can. 212 §1. Conscious of their own responsibility, the Christian faithful are bound to follow with Christian obedience those things which the sacred pastors, inasmuch as they represent Christ, declare as teachers of the faith or establish as rulers of the Church. 

§2. The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires. 

§3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons. 

Can. 213 The Christian faithful have the right to receive assistance from the sacred pastors out of the spiritual goods of the Church, especially the word of God and the sacraments. 

Can. 214 The Christian faithful have the right to worship God according to the prescripts of their own rite approved by the legitimate pastors of the Church and to follow their own form of spiritual life so long as it is consonant with the doctrine of the Church. 

Can. 215 The Christian faithful are at liberty freely to found and direct associations for purposes of charity or piety or for the promotion of the Christian vocation in the world and to hold meetings for the common pursuit of these purposes.


Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Toronto Mayor John Tory demands police "Brownshirts" raid a BBQ restaurateur

 

A trend throughout history denotes the incompetent, the inept, the arrogant, the self-serving politician when called for actual leadership defaults towards authoritarianism. So it is with the Toronto downtown elitist, Mayor (in spirit an Ortsgruppenleiter) John Tory. 

Just this morning, and with arrogant malice in his voice, Ortsgruppenleiter Tory proclaimed that the police should raid a family run BBQ restaurant "Adamson Barbeque", (who will be daring to open today from 11-4 p.m.) and "throw the book at them". 

 This is the kind of vile, hateful man Ortsgruppenleiter John Tory is. A man (already a millionaire) who has not forgone his salary since March; nor has his militant City Council, or the "public health" apparatchiks; all the while shuttering thousands of businesses and reducing them to bankruptcy and penury.  

 

Ortsgruppenleiter Tory and drag queen

These are the kind of people who morphed from pompous, opportunistic preening amoral popinjays in the late 20s to Nazi party members by the mid 30s. All across the world there are innumerable examples of police who within months have gone from serving and protecting to behaving like Brownshirt street thugs, to even like the Gestapo. This is how fast a nation can slip into authoritarianism, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from totalitarianism. 

 



Action Item: Visit the Adamson BBQ website, and reserve a table. At least call them up and order a takeout. They are doing the heavy lifting, whilst most are, with face diaper on, hiding under their beds. Get a grip people, get a life.


Sunday, 22 November 2020

The Province of Ontario's naked aggression towards Religion MUST be opposed!

 

 

If we can hold Cardinal Collins' feet to the fire, we must do likewise with Premier Doug Ford's.

He, as Premier enacted this outrage. The proverbial "buck" stops on his desk. He could have told his so-called public health advisors a strong "NO"! But he did not. He cannot escape his responsibility as Premier to allow this intolerable intrusion which is not based on science, but on scientism. No doubt, like Cardinal Collins he is besieged by the downtown elite and secular media. However, this is still no excuse. If we can hold the Cardinal to account, we must likewise hold the Premier.

To relegate religious services to "social gatherings" is outrageous. This IS the State intervening, violating Charter Rights (2a,c, & d), whereby the State sets itself up as the judge and jury as to what constitutes a "religious service". I find this absolutely disgusting.

I am horrified by the silence, the pandering, the excusing of the State by so-called Catholics. In France Catholics are standing up; but Catholics in Canada? Lemmings, sheep. Yesterday, I noticed a local liquor store had a sign of "30" for capacity; a large grocery store "190".  

Watch the following to learn that we are being seriously misled by either fools, cowards, or charlatans. 

 

 

This very video was removed immediately by the Youtube. Hence, I have uploaded directly to this post.   

 


In churches (the last time I checked) the congregants sit, stand, and kneel, and if they do move, it is in an orderly fashion. As such, we know what the shutting down of religion is a MASSIVE POWER GRAB and OUTRAGEOUS violation of our rights. It IS the delegation of religion to second class citizenship. It is the manifestation of the utter contempt for the Divine from people who are corrupt apparatchniks; busy pushing "glory holes", whilst boarding up your local church, synagogue, mosque or temple. Friends, we are in this together. We had better start getting serious. 

 

Doug Ford: do NOT place your trust in princes


What should have Cardinal Collins done? Simple: "See you in Court Monday morning, Doug Ford".

In fact, we all knew this was coming. We all knew a second lock down was in the cards (and we all knew it would arrive just before Christmas). If we knew it, they knew it. Cardinal Collins should have approached - MONTHS AGO - other religious bodies: Eastern Orthodox, protestants, Jews, and Moslems to form an alliance and prepare for litigation. In this manner he also would have circumvented the hate and rage from the elites and media denouncing the Catholic Church as "killing people; as being "nasty". They would have known this line of attack would have been impossible lest they be accused of what is popularly known as "antisemitism" and "Islamophobia".

These churchmen have got to begin thinking tactically and inventively. Alas, they are trapped in their LIBERAL DREAM that all men are nice, all men love the Catholic Church, and love Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately Our Lord Jesus Christ has real enemies who hate Him and His Church. They are on the offensive, and we had better wake up to this bitter fact. 

To put this hysteria into perspective, if we believe the official numbers (remember that those who die WITH Covid and NOT from Covid, are in many jurisdictions deceptively still deemed a Covid death), 1.3 million have presently died from Covid. The death toll from the Spanish flu is estimated at 50 million. If we adjust for the change in the world's population, that would mean that Covid deaths need to exceed 200 million deaths to equal the Spanish flu.

Friday, 20 November 2020

TCW thanks Cardinal Collins too soon; public Masses have been suspended once again in the Archdiocese of Toronto


Well, Toronto Catholic Witness thanked Cardinal Collins much too soon.

We have learned through Vox Cantoris that the "good Cardinal" has decided to suspended public Masses for the foreseeable future. He has done this under his own intitative. Premier Doug Ford did not tell him to do this. Instead, in response to the government's stipulation that worship services be limited to 10 people, the Cardinal decided to suspend/cancel public Masses altogether.

A complete and utter disgrace. And here I was, suspecting that my doubts about his cowardice were misplaced. 

Shame on him.

From: MacCarthy, Neil <neilm@archtoronto.org> on behalf of Office of Public Relations & Communications <communications@archtoronto.org>
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2020 6:30:40 PM
To: Office of Public Relations & Communications <communications@archtoronto.org>
Subject: Communication from Cardinal Collins re November 20 Province of Ontario Announcement on Covid-19 Restrictions

 

November 20, 2020 

To all clergy, staff and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Toronto,

Before providing an update on the latest measures implemented by the province of Ontario regarding churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto, I wish to express my gratitude and admiration for the heroic work that has taken place following our June re-opening. 

Since that time, more than 1.3 million Catholics have attended Mass in our archdiocese. Following our robust WorshipSafe protocols, clergy, staff and volunteers have created a safe and welcoming environment, ensured proper distancing, the use of masks, as well as sanitizing churches after every service. You have also reached out with creativity and love to care not only for the sick and bereaved, but also for the needs of those suffering in other ways, who are isolated, who are facing psychological and spiritual trauma. You have been there for them. I thank you for fostering a culture of compassion that is needed more than ever, in the midst of this pandemic. 

Participation in the Mass and especially the opportunity to receive the Eucharist and other sacraments gives all of us the spiritual strength to not only endure the crisis, but also to reach out to serve, day after day, all of those who are suffering. 

We also must recognize the gravity of the situation before us. The number of positive cases of Covid-19 continues to rise at an alarming rate in many areas of our own archdiocese and in other regions of the province and country. We are still in the midst of a pandemic, which has already taken the lives of more than 11,000 Canadians. 

We are grateful to those who have been dedicated to fighting the virus – first responders and front line workers along with those working selflessly in our long-term care homes among others. In my conversations with political leaders and medical officers of health, I continue to assure them of our ongoing prayers as they make difficult decisions to protect all of us. 

In view of all of the above, I am deeply disappointed that, in some regions of the archdiocese, we must restrict participation in the sacraments (details enclosed). This will inflict a great spiritual pain upon those who safely and with great dedication have been drawing spiritual strength to sustain them, and to help them to serve those suffering in this pandemic. As we have demonstrated our ability to safely worship together, I trust that we will soon be able fully to resume public worship. 

Meanwhile, now is the time to go ever deeper in prayer, and with continued love and creative zeal, build up our community of faith and reach out even more to those who are suffering in these difficult days. 

Sincerely in Christ,  

Thomas Cardinal Collins

Archbishop of Toronto 

Recognizing the health and safety measures announced by the Province of Ontario on November 20, 2020, I am directing parishes to implement the following in their respective regions: 

Toronto & Peel Region (Lockdown – Emergency Restrictions) 

  • By Monday, November 23, 2020, parishes must restrict attendance inside the church to 10 people, including priests hearing confessions or a staff member/volunteer required to monitor capacity restrictions. Due to these measures, public Masses must be temporarily cancelled. Priests are asked to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from Covid-19. 
  • Churches, wherever possible and according to the judgement of the pastor, are encouraged to remain open for private prayer and for the faithful to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Weddings, funerals and baptisms (without Mass) are restricted to 10 persons, including those who are involved in ministry (priest, cantor, etc.). First Holy Communions and Confirmations should be postponed at this time. 
  • Parishioners are encouraged to view online/livestream/televised Masses. A full list is available at www.archtoronto.org and I will continue to celebrate the livestreamed Mass each day from St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica at 7:30 a.m. 
  • No meetings should take place in parish halls or other church spaces at this time. The only exception would be those deemed as essential services eg. Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Meetings. These meetings should be restricted to 10 people and ensure that all appropriate health and safety measures are in place (use of masks, hand sanitizer, physical distancing, etc.). Virtual meetings should replace in-person meetings wherever possible.

·       Parish offices should move to Phase 1 – Parish Offices Closed/Significant Operating Restrictions. Only essential staff in the office. Employees should work remotely wherever possible. Parish offices closed to the public - limited essential appointments only. Staff should take direction from the pastor regarding the local situation on the most prudent approach. In larger parishes, it may be possible to rotate staff.


York & Durham Regions (Red Zone – Control Restrictions) 

  • By Monday, November 23, 2020, parishes must restrict attendance at all liturgical celebrations (Mass, Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms, First Holy Communions, Confirmation, etc.) to 30% capacity. Please continue to ensure strict adherence to sanitization, distancing and other measures as outlined in our protocols.
  • No meetings should take place in parish halls or other church spaces at this time. The only exception would be those deemed as essential services eg. Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Meetings. These meetings should be restricted to 10 people and ensure that all appropriate health and safety measures are in place (use of masks, hand sanitizer, physical distancing, etc.). Virtual meetings should replace in-person meetings wherever possible.
  • Parish offices should move to Phase 2 – Limited Operations.

Simcoe Muskoka & Orangeville (Orange Zone – Restrict Measures) 

  • No change to current operations. Parishes must restrict attendance at all liturgical celebrations to 30% capacity. 
  • Indoor meetings restricted to 50 people maximum.
 

Cardinal Collins breaks his silence on the recent Catechism incident with the TCDSB

In a rare move, Cardinal Thomas Collins has broken his usual silence and issued a statement regarding the recent incident involving the Catechism and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).



Despite his many faults with respect to this matter over the past year (as TCW has written), Cardinal Collins' actions here are to be commended. He has finally pulled up the Trustees of the TCDSB up to task. Whether or not they take him up on his suggestions and spiritual observations remains to be seen.

Thank you, Cardinal Collins!

More will be said on this matter in coming posts. In the meantime, be sure to support the Cardinal. He has been called a non-Catholic for issuing this letter on that cesspool known as Twitter. If you have an account, go on there and tweet against the dissenters.

Friday, 13 November 2020

Do you #StandWithMike?

On Wednesday night, the Toronto Catholic District School Board voted 8-4 to sanction Trustee Michael Del Grande for his "horrible" remarks against LGBTQ+ members of the TCDSB community. You can read about it here

It is an unjust, evil, and depraved action, and only indicates the extensive hatred the TCDSB institution has for Christ and His Church. Naturally, those who had opposed Del Grande are celebrating in their "victory." But Del Grande has not stopped fighting. He has now been forced to hire a lawyer to assist him in resisting this prolonged, targeted effort to have him resign from the Board of Trustees.

However, lawyers don't come cheap. In light of this reality, the folks at Campaign Life Coalition have organized a fundraiser to assist Del Grande in paying his legal fees, which comes in at $50,000. The link is at the bottom of this post. 

As of this writing, just over $13,000 has been raised. That leaves just under $37,000 left to raise. Even if it is $20.00, every little bit counts. 

Do you #StandWithMike?


https://www.wonderwe.com/StandWithMike?fbclid=IwAR2sb2k3i0G5HsJ30cejUE66m3xTt46dttF6dNYPJ1m2VOEhxlJ9lo4xo8U

Thursday, 12 November 2020

When Catholic institutions ignore Catholic teaching

Last night, Barona was texting this writer as the Toronto Catholic District School Board's Board of Trustees held a meeting. The meeting was primarily about the "question" of Trustee Michael Del Grande's "horrible" remarks against LGBTQ+ students and whether he should resign.

Barona and this writer both observed that the meeting was disorganized. For instance, 1 hour and 35 minutes was spent arguing over the agenda alone. To say it violates Robert's Rules to Order is an understatement. While this writer was not watching the livestream - having observed the same disorganization a year ago - Barona could only bear it until a man named Kyle started going on about drag queens and people disrespecting homosexuals. He promptly switched it off and did something else. 

Thus, it came at no surprise when Everyday for Life, Canada revealed this morning that the Catechism of the Catholic Church was forcibly ignored and suppressed last night via the same unprofessionalism Barona witnessed firsthand. You can read about it here.

It is no secret that the TCDSB as an institution has largely ignored Catholic teaching for many years now. The institution has developed such a hatred for Christ and His Church that when just one person reminds them of what the Church actually teaches - as Michael Del Grande has and is continuing to do - they harrass that individual. Since Del Grande spoke up against the misleading transgender ideology a year ago, several members of the TCDSB community - staff, fellow Trustees, students, and parents - have loudly denounced him. They have been denouncing Del Grande so loudly that The Toronto Star has written several articles against him and even former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (no lover of Catholic teaching herself) has gone on record denouncing the man.

To put it simply, this is wrong. More to the point, what these people are doing to Mr. Del Grande is unjust and evil. One can apply no other labels to the ongoing harassment, calumny, and character assassination of one man over the past 12 months. One can see little - if any - of the supposed Catholicity in these people who have risen against Michael Del Grande.

What Our Lord says about the Pharisees having their reward for praying publicly in order to be praised can be applied here. Indeed, one would not want to be on the other end of Christ's angry gaze when these evil-doers are tried at their particular judgements.

May God's justice and mercy be swift for all involved, and may He continue to grant Michael Del Grande the graces necessary to withstand this horrible trial.