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Bishop Paprocki: Catholic Church Can Provide a Clear Path for COVID-19 Response

Catholic principles of ordinary and extraordinary means of preserving life can aid society’s approach to pandemic, the Illinois bishop says in a …
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Applying this to a pandemic, Bishop Paprocki writes, there would be no moral obligation to shut down society, require people to remain home, put employees out of work, send businesses into bankruptcy, impair the food supply chain and prevent worshippers from going to church.

“That would be imposing unduly burdensome and extraordinary means,” he said in the essay. “While …More
Better Late than Never

Applying this to a pandemic, Bishop Paprocki writes, there would be no moral obligation to shut down society, require people to remain home, put employees out of work, send businesses into bankruptcy, impair the food supply chain and prevent worshippers from going to church.

“That would be imposing unduly burdensome and extraordinary means,” he said in the essay. “While some people may voluntarily adopt such means, only ordinary means that are not unduly burdensome are morally required to preserve life, both on the part of individuals as well as society as a whole.”

V. Let us pray for Bp Paprocki and and for all the Bishops.

R. May he and they and stand and tend your flock in your strength, O Lord, in your sublime name.

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Paprocki said he is not trying to second-guess those in leadership, but to look to the future.


He must at least reevaluate his actions and those of his confrère Bishops.