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While those who tend to our physical health, who work our grocery stores, who answer their call to duty are so often lauded as noble front-line workers, our country shames a priest working to save our souls.
By Christopher Bedford, The Federalist, August 4, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC — Capitol Hill’s Monsignor Charles Pope has the coronavirus.
To anyone lucky enough to know the archdiocese’s most charismatic Catholic, that won’t come as a surprise. Not because he has written and preached against Christians cowering in fear of death, as an equally unsurprising Washington Post article will have you believe, but because unlike the vast majority of us, from politics to the pulpit to the pews, Msgr. Pope lives what he preaches, and he does so without fear.
“The pastor of a Catholic church on Capitol Hill who urged people not to ‘cower in fear’ of the novel coronavirus has contracted Covid-19,” The Washington Post’s Rebecca Tan wrote Sunday. “There is more to life than just not getting sick and not dying,’” she later quoted monsignor, adding further down that he admonished “lukewarm” Catholics who were not at serious risk from coronavirus, but still weren’t returning to Mass — something he vigorously denies. “I never said that Catholics who have not returned are lukewarm,” he told The Federalist. “There are many who should not return yet and I have always cautioned prudence,” he added. …