Big Brother Goes to Mass

Rulers in Madison, Wisconsin have warned Catholic parishes (and I presume Protestant ones as well) that they must limit attendance at corporate worship to 50 people.

The Public Health Madison and Dane County subsequently directly contacted, both by phone and by site visit, 

Is that creepy or what?

a number of Catholic parishes in Dane County to inform them of the 50-person limit and any violation thereof,” wrote Monsignor James Bartylla, Vicar General for the Diocese of Madison. “As such, the Diocese of Madison, under grave protest, now is forced to direct Catholic churches and oratories in Dane County to comply with the 50-person limit for religious services, solely for the reason to avoid citation and punitive enforcement.”

Cathedral Parish in Madison echoed that in an email to its members:

“The diocesan information notes that we are complying under grave protest, and suggests recourse that individual Catholics can take if unhappy with the actions of Dane County.”

That “recourse” is not taking up arms, as free men should and formerly did, but phoning politicians to plead that

“…all religious entities of Dane County [should] be treated with the same reasonable capacity restrictions placed on other institutions under Phase 1 of its Forward Dane plan,”…

And that is where countless churches, businesses and other organizations egregiously err. When they allow government to dictate details or to otherwise regulate them, they legitimize the State’s authority to do so. 

Whether you’re a church or business, don’t negotiate re-opening with Leviathan. Don’t ask the beast’s permission nor heed its decrees and parameters. Instead, unlock your doors, welcome patrons or parishioners with a smile, and resolve that you’ll never again be ruled.


4:04 pm on May 29, 2020