A group of Catholic cardinals and bishops has gone public in expressing their concern that the coronavirus pandemic is being exploited by pharmaceutical business interests to influence the choices made by government leaders and international bodies. In an online appeal published on May 7, they say they have reason to believe there are powers interested in creating panic among the global population, with the sole aim of permanently imposing unacceptable forms of restriction on freedom, controlling people and tracking their movements. The religious leaders say “the imposition of these illiberal measures is a disturbing prelude to the realization of a World Government beyond all control.”
Also supported by journalists, doctors, lawyers and other professionals, the appeal describes how, under the pretext of the pandemic, the inalienable rights of citizens have been violated and their fundamental freedoms of worship, expression and movement have been disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted. The appeal argues that “public health must not and cannot become an alibi for infringing on the rights of millions of people around the world”. It also notes that growing doubts are emerging about the actual contagiousness, danger, and resistance of the virus, and that many authoritative voices from the fields of science and medicine confirm that media alarmism over the pandemic appears to be unjustified.
Particularly significantly, the appeal asks the scientific community to be vigilant so that cures for the coronavirus are offered for the common good. The cardinals and bishops stress that every effort must be made to ensure that “shady business interests” do not influence the choices made by government leaders and international bodies. In an apparent reference to the use of high-dose vitamin C and other natural therapies for prevention and treatment of the virus, they say it is unreasonable to penalize those remedies that have proved to be effective, and are often inexpensive, instead giving priority to treatments that are not as good, but which guarantee pharmaceutical companies far greater profits and exacerbate public health expenditures.
The religious leaders further note that the containment measures that have been adopted, including the closure of shops and businesses, have precipitated a crisis that has brought down entire economic sectors. This, they say, has serious social and political repercussions. Stating that these forms of social engineering must be stopped, they say the criminalization of personal and social relationships must be judged as an “unacceptable part of the plan of those who advocate isolating individuals in order to better manipulate and control them.”
The religious leaders say they want government leaders to “ensure that forms of control over people, whether through tracking systems or any other form of location-finding, are rigorously avoided.” They add that the fight against the coronavirus “must not be the pretext for supporting the hidden intentions of supranational bodies that have very strong commercial and political interests in this plan.” Saying that citizens must be given “the opportunity to refuse these restrictions on personal freedom, without any penalty whatsoever being imposed on those who do not wish to use vaccines, contact tracking or any other similar tool,” they criticize the “blatant contradiction” of leaders who pursue “policies of drastic population control and at the same time present themselves as the savior of humanity.”
Picking up on a key theme that Dr. Rath touched on in his recent ‘Open Letter to the People and Governments of the World’, the appeal stresses that the political responsibilities of those representing the people should not be left to so-called “experts” who can claim immunity from prosecution. Urging the media to commit itself to “providing accurate information and not penalizing dissent by resorting to forms of censorship,” the authors make the point that “providing accurate information requires that room be given to voices that are not aligned with a single way of thinking.” They add that censorship is already happening widely on social media, in the press, and on television.
With more than a third of the planet’s population now under some form of coronavirus restrictions, many of the concerns expressed in the appeal of these religious leaders are likely to resonate strongly with millions of people worldwide.