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 Mad Bishop disease spreads. No cure on horizon.

25.11.21. If the state were to restrict church services to vaccinated persons for a short time, we would also follow that direction,” snorted Timothy J. Harris, bishop of Townsville, clicking his heels but restraining a stiff-arm salute.
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.

{ 20 comments… add one }
  • Cliff 25/11/2021, 6:01 am

    From what very little experience I’ve had of Catholic services in Queensland of late, (taking my mum to Mass when visiting back when that was possible), the good bishop can’t afford to be turning any of his ever reducing faithful away.

    If a quorum was required for Mass, I suspect there’d be more than a few instances when they’d have to cancel the service. (Put it this way – there’d be no issues with enforcing ‘social distancing’!)

    Alienating a perhaps not so small proportion of the few remaining could be classed as Not A Good Move.

    As for that photograph… Perhaps ‘no comment’?

    • Honeybadger 25/11/2021, 7:30 am

      Ha ha, might not make a quorum soon. Good one.

  • Pensioner Pete 25/11/2021, 6:21 am

    This drongo will find his collection plate a bit scant from this time forward, methinks.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 25/11/2021, 9:36 am

      I am tempted to do something religious at the markets each Sunday by taking the hat around for a collection. Had a run in with that Townsville mob forty or more years ago when they summoned me to complain about a supposed offspring I was rearing. They said that the kids behaviour was typical of a kid from a broken marriage and had conniptions when I told them that the kids mother and I had never been married in the first place. At least the efforts of the convent and my good self straightened the kid out, and then his mum repossessed him.

      • Pensioner Pete 25/11/2021, 10:30 am

        Bloody hell Bots, you sure have some very interesting yarns to tell, keep up the good work mate, for you are real bonzer at it.

      • Disgruntled 25/11/2021, 2:22 pm

        Pete, I will back up your comment.
        I just love the things that Bots has to say.

        This all is why I keep going to this site.
        One other site while OK from time to time isn’t a patch on this one; That one has too many folks that fight amongst themselves; Sometimes I wonder if they have imbibed far too much and just want to take their anger out on anything and everything!

  • Bluey 25/11/2021, 6:38 am

    With the news that a number of Aboriginal groupings are slow to take up the vaccines, it must be a tough call for a bishop with Aboriginal face paint markings to bar them.

    • Aadje 26/11/2021, 1:24 am

      Oh Shoot! I thought he had a skin disease!

  • Ned Kelly 25/11/2021, 6:56 am

    “ The Queensland Deputy Premier on Wednesday blamed the media and federal government for the confusion, saying it was not up to the Queensland government to clarify the issue.”
    Cuts the Archbishop down a bit when he urges parishioners to go on to government sites for reliable news, nicht wahr?

  • Disgruntled 25/11/2021, 6:57 am

    Good grief!! That mug is trying real hard to destroy the last bastion of any sort of decency our country has left.

    Christianity!

    He needs the burdizzos applied; not in the normal place but just above the shoulders!

  • Penguinite 25/11/2021, 7:20 am

    Obviously, the Catholic Diocese needs to update its selection criteria. Definitely not Pope material or maybe he is?

    • Sir peter 25/11/2021, 11:01 am

      Wrong. He’s a perfect fit to follow comrade Francis

      • Botswana O'Hooligan 25/11/2021, 1:49 pm

        He could be a Jesuit Sir P for they were known to have Marxist tendencies.

  • mischevious 25/11/2021, 9:24 am

    i am surprised that people still attend church. who would or could take religious or spiritual instruction from a pedophile or pedophile protectors.

  • Not woke 25/11/2021, 9:24 am

    The March of Marxism through our institutions and society appears to be growing ever more forceful.

  • nev 25/11/2021, 10:17 am

    Wonder if he is related to heals up Harris the US VP? Their thought process certainly seems to follow the same illogical process.
    I wonder if heals up is a catholic like uncle joe?

    • Sir Peter 25/11/2021, 11:03 am

      If one swallow doesn’t make a spring, how many swallows make a Vice President?

      • Neville 25/11/2021, 10:35 pm

        Well, one thing’s for sure: it’ll do no good at all asking Monica Lewinsky.

  • PW 25/11/2021, 2:50 pm

    As for ‘face markings’ have you noticed that the indigenous are now looking to more pleasant tribes like the North American natives. Mitch Tambo an aboriginal singer sports feathers at the front in a head band. Not one ounce Koori!

  • ClydeRiver 25/11/2021, 2:51 pm

    Even worse in NZ – a whole nation is terrified, but that’s not my point. My point is that this galah should be first in the dock for spreading misinformation.
    His mealy mouthed reasoning is debunked by Israel — the first country on earth to fully vaccinate a majority of citizens. Israel now has one of the world’s highest reported daily infection rates with almost one in every 150 persons testing positive for the virus. So who did they get it off?
    Of course testing positive means if you are under 65 you hav a 99.97% chance that you won’t die.

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