Saturday, March 21, 2020

The mass is going to be very different this weekend

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A few hours ago, I read that Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee is urging churches not to hold services during the coronavirus pandemic.  
It’s a good thought, because a religious service can put 500-1,000 people in a building. Also, people naturally show their affection when they go to church.
On Thursday night, we got a message from our Bishop Michael Olson regarding mass this weekend and probably for the time being.     
We will have scheduled masses but “sine populo” or a new Latin term for me that means “without people”.  
The “populo” will stay in their cars and wait to be called for communion.  
As an usher, I will then line up the parishioners to receive communion.
For the time being, I will follow the bishop’s rules.  He means well and the church does not need anymore lawsuits over catching the virus during mass.
Welcome to the world of the coronavirus.   
Someday, we will look back and tell our kids about the day that we sat in a parking lot and walked up to the doors of the church to get communion.
And, last but not least, I won’t get to give my wife a kiss when we say “peace be with you.”   
On second thought, maybe we can do it in the car like we did in the drive-in theatres!
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Saddam Hussein is dead and gone


We remember another anniversary of the Iraq War, or the second time in 12 years that US troops went into that region.

Saddam was the real occupier of Iraq.   He was the one who destroyed a proud country and killed thousands.
 
He is dead and history because President Bush had the courage to carry out UN resolutionsenforce the cease fire and, last but not least, Pres. Clinton's Regime Change Law from 1998. (See Glenn Reynolds on Clinton's "Iraq Liberation Act" )
 
Between March 1991, or the end of the first war, and March 2003, Saddam had several opportunities to comply with the cease fire and 17 UN resolutions.

Instead, he chose to defy the world order.

Along the way, he committed horrific crimes against his own people and neighbors. We are clearly better off that this man is out of power and dead.

In the end, the Iraqis had a chance to put this man on trial because of President Bush's decision to remove him from power.
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