Please "open wide the doors" of our churches in Ireland and restore the sacramental life of the people of God

Petition to: Archbishop Eamon Martin

 

Please "open wide the doors" of our churches in Ireland and restore the sacramental life of the people of God

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Please "open wide the doors" of our churches in Ireland and restore the sacramental life of the people of God

Please open our churches and restore the sacramental life of the people of God.

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Petition to: Archbishop Eamon Martin

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Dear Archbishop Eamon Martin,

We, the lay faithful of the Irish Catholic Church appreciate this is a very difficult time for you as it is for us. We wish to support you in the immediate re-opening of our churches and are willing to cooperate with sensible health guidelines in restoring the sacramental life to the people of God. In light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, extreme precautions have been set in place to ensure the physical wellness of the people. Our government has deemed it lawful to keep hospital, pharmacy, grocery and off-licence doors open to nourish and care for our physical bodies. Why have we, the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church permitted them to close the doors of our churches and abandon the nourishment and care of our souls? 

Our catechism tells us that "creation was fashioned with a view to the sabbath and therefore for the worship and adoration of God and that nothing should take presidence over the worship of God. This indicates the right order of human concerns" (CCC 347).  Our faith also tells us that "The people of God is marked by characteristics that clearly distinguish it from all other religious, ethnic, political or cultural groups found in history. God is not the property of any one people but he acquired a people for himself, a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. The status of this people is that of the dignity and freedom of the sons of God" (CCC 782). "The right to the exercise of freedom, especially in moral and religious matters is an inalienable requirement of the dignity of the human person. This right must be recognised and protected by civil authority within the limits of the common good and public order" (CCC 1738). Our Church teaches us that "Law is a rule of conduct inacted by competent authority for the sake of the common good. The moral law presupposes the rational order established among creatures for their good and to serve their final end. By the power, wisdom and goodness of the Creator, all law finds its first and ultimate truth in the Eternal Law" (CCC 1951). Is it right and just to ask a baptised Christian, in good conscience, to obey a law that says the consumption of alcohol is a more essential human need than the consumption of the Eucharistic Lord? 

Our Catholic Church has always emphasized the fundamental importance of the sacramental life for the spiritual well-being and salvation of souls. We ask you, why therefore are the lay faithful left bereft of our "living water" and "our daily bread"? Surely in this time of great fear and uncertainty in our society, the children of God require the sacraments more than ever? Surely dying souls deserve not to be abandoned by their Mother Church? Surely confession and absolution should not be denied? Surely the Eucharistic Lamb deserves and desires to be worshipped and adored, not rejected and abandoned? Please allow the sacramental life of the church to flow freely once again through her mystical body. Please let not souls continue to die without the last rites of the Church. Please allow our priests to attend these dying persons.

Please no longer permit the government to separate and starve us from our Eucharistic Lord, from keeping watch with Him in the tabernacle and adoring him in the Blessed Sacrament.  We desire to adore and worship our God, to attend the Holy Sacrafice of the Mass which many of our Irish forefathers gave their lives for, the source and summit of our Faith. We need to receive Him. We need to adore Him, we need to worship Him. He is waiting for us. Please, please open the doors for the sake of our God and our country. And do all you can to let our government know that it is our fundamental human right to worship our Divine Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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