Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky: Protestants Saving the Catholic Church

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By Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, The Catholic Thing, April 18, 2020

Father Jerry J. Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington. He is pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish in Great Falls, Virginia.

Rev. Jerry J. PokorskyProtestant-Catholic relations have been volatile, to say the least, throughout American history.  But in recent decades, there has been good reason for friendly collaboration.  People of faith widely recognize Godless secularism as a common enemy.  Hostility to religion has accelerated. With the COVID-19 shutdown, civic authorities in many localities have targeted churches for closure, but not, for example, liquor stores. Where is the pushback by Catholic leaders?

With Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Las Cruces, New Mexico as perhaps the only exception, Catholics now owe a debt of gratitude to their Protestant brethren, who are bravely leading the fight to restore worship to its rightful “essential” status.

Catholics are already indebted to the (mostly) Protestant Founding Fathers who gave us the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (although the Constitution is also grounded in Catholic England’s Magna Carta).  ….

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