Additional Roman Catholic Angles on the COVID-19 Pandemic

From late March and through the month of April there were a number of articles that looked at the COVID-19 pandemic through a Catholic perspective. Some looked at how the pandemic was changing the Catholic church. Others on the Jesuit background of Dr. Fauci. This post is designed to give a sampling of a number of articles that look at the coronavirus situation and how its affecting Catholicism. 

“Teach us to give and not count the cost.”

St. Ignatius de Loyola

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Ephesians 4:15 NRSVCE

Over the past few weeks there have been a few articles in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) and a couple of additional publications that show a Catholic perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this post is to compile them into a single resource. Catholicism as a faith movement tends to be more social justice influenced, and you will see that in some of the articles below. White evangelicals don’t have that mindset, and that is a flaw in that movement. But here are a few articles that I want to highlight. 

  1. Micheal Sean Winters in the NCR does an article about coronavirus management from Washington, D.C. You can read that in, “Competent coronavirus management matters, and it’s political.” 
  2. A Jesuit priest reflects on death while being in quarantine. You can read this article in, “Meditating on death during a pandemic.” 
  3. Phyillis Zagano writes about the problem of having two Popes in modern times. You can read more in, “Two popes and a plague, just like the 14th century.” 
  4. How Cardinal Burke states that Catholics should still go to mass during a pandemic. “Catholic Cardinal Burke says faithful should attend Mass despite coronavirus.” 
  5. National Catholic Reporter editorial on how we need each other in a pandemic.Editorial: May the lesson be indelibly inscribed — we need one another.”
  6. National Catholic Reporter, “Pandemic economics create widespread upheaval, opportunities for reform.” 
  7. National Catholic Reporter wrote about Dr. Anthony Fauci and his Jesuit education. You can read about that in, “Dr. Anthony Fauci, dedicated to public service, formed at Jesuit high school.” 
  8. Michael Sean Winters comments on the movement calling for re-opening the economy and how grandma’s death is acceptable. You can read the Catholic take on ethics in, “‘Give me liberty, or give me (grandma’s) death!’” 
  9. The National Catholic Reporter is doing a series on how the coronavirus is changing communities. You can read the first part in,The church after coronavirus: How our communities are changing.”
  10. Michael Sean Winters writes about how the coronavirus pandemic is illustrating the problem with ideology in the United States today. You can read more in, “Pandemic crisis reveals impoverished understanding of solidarity.” 
  11. Daniel P. Horan who is a Franciscan friar and assistant professor of systematic theology and spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago writes as to why Catholics should stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. You can read that in, “For the love of God (literally), stay home, be safe and pray.” 
  12. The National Catholic Reporter wrote about how the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing what is essential in the Catholic Church. You can read more in, “The church after coronavirus: Crisis exposes what is essential.” 
  13. The New York Times did a story of the first Catholic priest of the pandemic who was killed by the coronavirus. Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay led mass in a Catholic church in Brooklyn, New York. You can read about him in, “He Said Mass Via Live Stream. 8 Days Later, He Fell to the Virus.”
  14. Michael Sean Winters at the National Catholic Reporter writes about how an event like the COVID-19 pandemic can open the door to authoritarianism, evil and other problems. You can read more in, “History warns us: Crises like COVID-19 can give rise to great evil.
  15. This is part of a series at the National Catholic Reporter on how the coronavirus will change the social mission of the church. You can read more in, “The church after coronavirus: new understandings of social mission.” 
  16. Joan Chittister, a Bendectine nun reflects on principles amidst COVID-19. You can read more in the following National Catholic Reporter article. “Principles for a pandemic.” 
  17. Thomas Fox of National Catholic Reporter writes about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their Catholic newspaper. “Coping with the pandemic’s effect at NCR.” 
  18. In the National Catholic Reporter Joshua McElwee asked the question about confession being done by Zoom. You can read more in, “Confession by Zoom? Pandemic revives conversation about reconciling from afar.” 
  19. Editorial about the COVID-19 pandemic in the National Catholic Reporter in, “Editorial: In this forced retreat, are we asking big enough questions?” 
  20. How three bishops in the United States are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more in, “‘Grace comes through’: Three bishops on ministering during a pandemic.” 
  21. Father Peter Daly a retired Catholic priest reflects on how COVID-19 is going to change the Catholic church. “The church can offer courage, experience during this pandemic.” 
  22. Peter Feuerherd in the National Catholic Reporter writes about the challenges of re-opening churches in the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more in, “US bishops wrestle with whether or how to open churches.” 
  23. As COVID-19 spreads into Latin America the National Catholic Reporter wrote about what Catholics are doing to help the poor during a pandemic. You can read more in, “Catholics work to meet needs of Latin America’s poor amid pandemic.”