by Suzy Kelly
The pandemic has brought with it many mandates on how we are to live, work, and play. And well, there’s not much playing right now. We must keep our distance, put on our mask, and avoid most gatherings. This is for our own safety and the safety of others, as we are continually reminded.
Let’s take a look at the mandates on our constitutional right to exercise our religion. The mandates on our churches started with total closure. Churches are now open with limited capacity, but we must wear a mask and not sing. Holy water has been banned from Catholic churches, even though swimming in public pools is permitted. As scripture tells us, “We must render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God.”
It appears, however, that we have done the exact opposite. We have rendered unto Caesar what is God’s. We have allowed the state to put controls on how we can worship God. And we’ve done this without a fight, all in the name of safety and the greater good. It’s time to put an end to this breach in our free exercise of the right to worship. Let us always render under Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, but never give to Caesar that which belongs to God.
I’m Suzy Kelly, and I am passionately Catholic.