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COMMENTARY: What God provides humanity through the Church is as essential a service as ever.

By Fr. Roger Landry, EWTN News, 4/28/20

In different parts of the United States and other parts of the world, we are reaching what many are calling “Phase 2” in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Various restrictions are being gradually rescinded, some businesses reopened, supplementary emergency hospitals closed, panic and fear lessened and normal parts of life restored.

But we are far from out of danger. The shockingly drastic shortage of tests for the virus or its antibodies leave us blind as to who has it or had it and who may be asymptomatically infectious or immune. There’s still no effective treatment or vaccine. Nursing homes have gone from safe, caring havens to among the country’s most perilous places. Obituary sections in newspapers remain the thickest most of us have ever seen.

The general flattening of the curve in the most afflicted locations, however, gives us a chance to take stock of where we’ve been, draw lessons and, where fitting, make adjustments in medical, economic, social and political approaches. It’s also a good time for the Church to make such a review. …

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