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By Fr. Mario Alexis Portella, Crisis Magazine, May 11, 2020

Fr. Mario Alexis Portella is a priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy.  …


Fr. Mario Alexis Portella

Edmund Burke once said, “People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.”

By the grace of God, as a society we have not reached that level of despair amid the present global pandemic. That does not mean, however, that morally-inclined people will not fight the injustice of politicians, especially when they seek to separate from God and from each other, as many of our politicians have sought to do during the coronavirus lock-down.

Such was the case when Bishop Joseph Coffey, an auxiliary bishop for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, defied Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order during a pro-life prayer. Accompanied by fifty pro-lifers, Bishop Coffey led the Stations of the Cross nearby both the Maryland State House and Governor’s Mansion. They called on Hogan to shut down all of the state’s abortion centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hogan, who is Catholic, has ensured that abortion providers are allowed to continue operating during the pandemic, signaling that the Republican governor views abortion as an essential procedure.  ….

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