By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant - At 6:18 p.m., a Notre-Dame Cathedral security guard with three days on the job, was forced to respond to a fire alert. He was on his second 8-hour shift because his replacement was absent. He misunderstood the system's message about the location of the fire and went to the wrong building… At 6:48 p.m., precisely 30 minutes after the original "Feu" alert, the fire department was called. When the first truck arrived, photos of the blaze had already lit up all the major social media platforms around the globe, and a large crowd had gathered, stunned by the smoke and fire shooting up into a clear, evening sky.
By David Catron, American Spectator - Thomas Sowell famously wrote, “Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large.” This is essentially where we are in our response to COVID-19. Thus far, every projection of potential fatalities has been far too high, including the projections issued by the Coronavirus Task Force last week. We know all too well from past experience, however, what the human cost will be if we pursue mitigation strategies that result in widespread unemployment — as would a national stay-at-home order. It will not be, as Dr. Fauci suggests, “inconvenient.” It will kill more of us than COVID-19. It will be, as the president has warned, worse than the problem itself.
By Christopher Bedford, The Federalist - California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom is right that “things will look different”: When our front doors finally swing open and we come out blinking in the sunshine, our cities and towns will be mere husks of what they were just a month ago. Empty storefronts, boarded-up shops, terrible local “art installations” in windows that once showed friends and families laughing over their favorite dish and bottle of wine… Nine states have issued similar “plans.” Washington, D.C. chimed in Wednesday, extending the shutdown another month. Meanwhile, the House and Senate are fighting when they’re talking at all.
By Ed Condon, Catholic News Agency - The Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has lifted a diocesan ban on the public celebration of Mass, issued guidelines for distribution of Holy Communion, and told priests they may resume sacramental ministry if they follow state-ordered health precautions… “It has become increasingly clear that the state shutdown will last for some time. Depriving the faithful of the nourishment offered through the Eucharist was indeed a difficult decision, one that I deemed necessary until I had further clarity regarding our current state of affairs, but it cannot become the status quo for the foreseeable future.”.. Bishop Peter Baldacchino