By David Harsanyi, National Review - The New York Times reports today that the CDC failed to follow its own protocols when creating coronavirus tests, sending kits out across the country that had been rendered ineffective because they were tainted with the COVID-19 due to sloppiness: Problems ranged from researchers entering and exiting the coronavirus laboratories without changing their coats, to test ingredients being assembled in the same room where researchers were working on positive coronavirus samples, officials said. Those practices made the tests sent to public health labs unusable because they were contaminated with the coronavirus, and produced some inconclusive results.
By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart - Pope Francis issued a severe indictment Wednesday of humanity’s failure to care for the planet, as environmentalists commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Earth Day.”… “Because of our selfishness we have failed in our responsibility to be guardians and stewards of the earth,” the pope said in his video-streamed General Audience. “We need only take a frank look at the facts to see that our common home is falling into serious disrepair.”… “We have failed to care for the earth, our garden-home; we have failed to care for our brothers and sisters… We have sinned against the earth, against our neighbours, and ultimately against the Creator…
By Fr. Jean Pierre de Caussade, S.J., Catholic Education Resource Center - Faith is God's interpreter. Without the light of faith, creation speaks to us in vain. It is a writing in coded symbols in which we can find nothing but confusion, a mass of thorns from which no one would expect to hear the voice of God. But faith reveals to us, as it did to Moses, the fire of divine love burning in the midst of the thorn bush. It gives the clue to the coded symbols, and reveals to us in the midst of confusion the wonders of divine wisdom. Faith gives a heavenly face to the whole earth. By faith the heart is raised, is enraptured, and becomes conversant with heavenly things.
By Kevin Tierney, Catholic Exchange - With the coronavirus pandemic, we Christians face a crisis that has only been felt a few times throughout our history. Many of the ordinary means of sanctification and participation in the life of the Church are denied to us. It is a cross we must bear. Yet in bearing that cross, the Church has offered us tools to bear it profitably. We will worship in public masses again. These are tools we can use to prepare us for that moment, and once they resume, to live them out more fruitfully.