Harris was tic-tacing to the Queensland Premier that if she forbade unvaccinated Catholics to attend Mass, he would bar them like a shot. Absolutely.
Harris signalled this kokwtow on his Twitter account, while smearing conscientious objectors to the jab as “spreading gossip and dubious information” and ordered clergy and other church workers to be “vaccinated immediately.”
The Church accepts “legitimate government action to protect the community,” the bishop stressed in a half-remembered muddled memory of Christ saying to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. According to the Bishop, conscience is one of the things that belongs to Caesar – the state forms your conscience.
Or perhaps he was remembering his Shakespeare:-
First Murderer : Where is thy conscience now?
Second Murderer: In the Duke of Gloucester’s purse.
In case people pay no attention to his twitter, he has sent a pastoral letter to be read at all Masses in all churches in his diocese, “his diocese will cooperate with all government regulation and advice, seeking to provide a good example to our community.” Goebbels couldn’t have put it better.
Harris does not define the boundaries of “legitimate government action” and specifically leaves out the Vatican’s decree, which rules “vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.
Stunningly, he urges the faithful to get their information from “reputable government websites.” The in-and-out running and changes of definitions of those reputable websites would have had them disqualified if they were racehorses. Harris, with this enthusiastic hurrah for the PalaceChook’s on-again-off-again diktats makes him a real chance to be declared the supreme horse’s ass. He has serious competition in both politics and church but his face-painting could push him over the line — unless Biden and the Pope up their game.
[The image of Bishop Harris shown above is genuine. It is not something a cartoonist dreamed up. A suggestion that a red nose should be added was rejected for artistic reasons. Similarly, a rumor that the Bishop genuflects and burns incense in front of an image of Premier PalaceDuck, though persuasive, was set aside until confirmation could be received.]
While praising legitimate sources, Harris evades the highly contested debate on vaccine efficacy and safety in prestigious medical journals like the British Medical Journal and The Lancet.
In a year-long study published Oct. 29 in The Lancet concluded: “Vaccination reduces the risk of delta variant infection and accelerates viral clearance. Nonetheless, fully vaccinated individuals with breakthrough infections have peak viral load similar to unvaccinated cases and can efficiently transmit infection in household settings, including to fully vaccinated contacts. Host–virus interactions early in infection may shape the entire viral trajectory.
The bishop, who himself lacks medical or scientific training and only has a bachelor’s degree in theology, is unaware of the irony in his remarks when he dogmatises: “If you lack knowledge and expertise and so cannot verify such information, don’t spread it… Social media is not a reliable source of information about vaccines” as “there are many false websites and impostors,” the bishop warns, missing out the fact that a significant proportion of data circulating on social media is from top scientists and peer-reviewed medical journals.
For example, over 13,000 physicians and medical scientists contesting vaccine safety and efficacy signed the Rome Declaration on COVID-19 in September, alerting citizens to the “deadly consequences of disrupting life-saving treatment and suppressing open scientific discussion.” This Rome summit, convened in September at the Italian Senate by inventor of the mRNA vaccine technology Dr. Robert Malone, included vaccinologists, epidemiologists, virologists, immunologists and general practitioners.
Harris is unaware of the two large petitions signed by qualified medical practitioners – the Great Barrington Declaration and the John Snow Memorandum.
In the Great Barrington Declaration a strategy of ‘focused protection’ was outlined. Based on the idea that the risk of death varies dramatically with age, it proposed shielding and protecting the vulnerable while allowing the young, and others at lower risk, to get on with life as normally as possible. Over 40,000 doctors and over 15,000 medical and public health scientists have signed the Great Barrington Declaration.
Opposing it is the The John Snow Memorandum which advocates for lockdowns and similar continued restrictions, along with social programs to minimize the harms of these restrictions. Signatories believe this would lower viral spread to very low levels where contact tracing can be utilized to eliminate outbreaks. It predicted that this will end when there is an effective vaccine. Well, tHe vaccines came but the lockdowns continued.
What a shame this prattling priest didn’t give parishioners a heads-up which of these contradicting statements, or either/neither, should be followed.
Further, the pontificating prelate makes no mention of government databases including Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), America’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), or Britain’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), as good sources of information.
“As the number of people being vaccinated has increased, so has reporting of fatal events with a coincidental association with vaccination,” TGA reported, noting it is investigating cases of heart inflammation, blood clots and other adverse events.
In his letter, Harris — who was appointed to the episcopate by Pope Francis, another puritanical extremist — insists on failed “QR code check-ins” as grounds for barring the unvaccinated faithful altogether from Mass. That is, there is someone at the door who will turn people away in all the Catholic churches in his diocese if the government pingback doesn’t verify.
So, if Morrison institutes a two-child policy, (don’t laugh – the government that can force vaccinations can force abortions, there is nothing whatever to stop them) this rambling reverend will bar families or women pregnant with a third child so long as the government claims it is taking action to ‘protect the community’ from over-population. In other words, so long as the government mandates something with good intentions, this Rockhampton apparatchik will do its bidding…
… forgetting that the path to hell is paved with good intentions.