Monday, April 13, 2020

Archfather's Position on Pandemic, Economic Recovery, Vulnerable People Being Adopted by Mainstream Media, Politicians

Archfather Don Rutherford I
By Jean DuBois

PATRIARCHAL SEE 13 April 2020 (ORCNS) - The Florentine Archfather and the Imperial Patriarchate have been consistent in their message since the beginning of the coronavirus global pandemic: Do not panic; treat the sick; protect the vulnerable, which includes those who are at risk of harm by government responses and economic shutdowns; do not forget the many other diseases that are out there and remain a threat; keep the economy going in order to protect the health and well-being of all people, both in the short-term and long-term. The mantra was: Stay Calm - Save Lives. Those have not always been popular ideas, but now the mainstream media and politicians are adopting those same concepts.

Since the beginning of the global pandemic, the Imperial Patriarchate has been highly involved in health and humanitarian service, in the example of Christ, to improve the condition of mankind, alleviate problems, and speak for the poor and vulnerable
Members of the Walsingham Guard
were among the first to respond
to the needs of their communities.
. The Walsingham Guard and Naval Guard were among the first to respond to the needs of local communities and the world. Involved in those efforts was HHE Don Rutherford I, Florentine Archfather. Like others in positions like his, Don Rutherford receives a daily briefing from the Chief of the General Staff and other key members of the Curia and the Walsingham Guard Division of Medicine on the ongoing health, humanitarian, and economic situation around the world. The Archfather made a variety of statements and policy recommendations regarding the pandemic and surrounding situations beginning in February. On 30 March, he issued a patriarchal encyclical entitled Orbis Est to the President of the
United Nations Economic and Social Council, with which the Imperial Patriarchate is in special consultative status. The encyclical detailed significant humanitarian concerns regarding global economic shutdown and the overall nature of government response to the pandemic. In that encyclical, His Holy Eminence said, “It is incumbent upon the United Nations and especially the Economic and Social Council thereof to consider and strongly promote the serious humanitarian, economic, and social considerations of the worldwide government responses to this current pandemic. Many of those who currently suffer and will suffer the most are the poor
India has some of the largest
numbers of people at risk, even
of starvation, from the
economic shutdown. 
and vulnerable around the world, both in comparatively wealthy countries and especially in less affluent countries. Yet, the severe and wide-reaching impact is not limited to the poor and vulnerable alone. This same obligation falls upon the leaders of extant territorial governments of the world. The responsibility for the suffering and damage is entirely upon their hands.”

Earlier such ideas were largely ignored. Now mainstream media and politicians are beginning to respond in earnest.

The Caribbean Communications Network, for example, pointed out that economic panic causing a recession could actually kill more people than the coronavirus. A CNN article showed that Italy’s lockdown, being the world’s eighth largest economy, is likely going to create a deep recession. Another CNN article predicted a global recession due to coronavirus. Recent articles are now pointing out the serious potential impact this can have on individuals, with more specific predictions of damages. For example, a USA Today article suggests that approximately one third of the workforce in many metropolitan areas of the United States is in jeopardy. It isn’t about the money, though. It is about health and well-being, including for those who suffer dramatically due to economic hardship. And, just as the Archfather pointed out in his encyclical Orbis Est, a Washington Times article also noted that the doomsday-like attitudes towards coronavirus is ignoring the many other health problems and tragedies that kill far more people every year.

In another patriarchal encyclical entitled Qui Eunt ad Mare written to the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation within the United Nations, the Archfather specifically addressed the problem of governments turning their backs on people who are stranded at sea and sought the support of the UN and other governments to solve the problem. Shortly thereafter, the Holland America Line cruise ship ms Zaandam was permitted to dock in Florida. Other ships at sea are slowly being brought into ports around the world. 

The Chief of the General Staff, the Prince v.
Reichenberg (right) in conference with the Archfather.
The Chief of the General Staff keeps the Archfather and
other members of the Curia up-to-date on
important world events. 

Another problematic side effect of the response of many governments around the world to coronavirus has been to limit religious freedom, even beyond requesting modifications in the interest of public health. That was also specifically addressed in the encyclical Orbis Est, as well as the Patriarchal Letter Religion is Essential and in a recent Archpatral Ban condemning usurpation of church authority and the cruel suppression of religious rights by many leaders around the world, even as many other leaders recognise that religion is essential and extremely important during times of crisis. Church participation in many countries, including Italy, is made illegal by civil governments, and in the United States, some state governors have likewise made religious activity illegal. Some churches have begun fighting back with lawsuits. These efforts all seem to be having an effect. The Archfather issued the ban in the morning of Holy Saturday, 11 April, and that was followed later that same day by the US Attorney General stating that he would pursue action against any state officials who sought to violate the religious rights of individuals.
The people of the Imperial Patriarchate are always
willing to help those in need. 
The efforts of the many faithful leaders of the Imperial Patriarchate join those of many other dedicated people around the world to help mitigate the humanitarian and economic crisis resulting from the global pandemic and especially from government responses to the pandemic. Difficult problems are not typically solved overnight. Spiritual work remains important – indeed the most important, always and especially in times of crisis. The Imperial Patriarchate, as the successors to Pope Leo X and the Custodians of the Apostolic See of St. Mark in Aquileia, co
The Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican.
The Imperial Patriarchate is the
successor to Pope Leo X.
ntinues in a legacy of service of over 2000 years of its history to help those in need in the example of Christ. It remains a key leading force in global Catholic humanitarian service. In the modern era, with the authority of Florence and Rome, the Imperial Patriarchate leads the way forward. 

Stay Calm - Save Lives. 

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Patriarchal Allocution on Easter 2020 Speaks of Hope, Challenges, and Service

HHE Don Rutherford I 
PATRIARCHAL SEE 12 April 2020 (ORCNS) - HHE Don Rutherford I, Florentine Archfather and Cardinal Count of Sainte Animie gave his annual Easter Allocution today from the RĂ©sidence Sans-Souci Ouest. The Archfather’s message was one of hope, while acknowledging the serious challenges facing the Church, and especially the clear and present danger facing the poor and vulnerable around the world as a result of government response to the current pandemic. His Holy Eminence also gave his sincerest thanks to the clergy and lay leadership of the Imperial Patriarchate for all that they do in service to others. Among the acknowledgments were the Walsingham Guard and Naval Guard for being among the first to respond to the needs of communities during the pandemic. The Easter Allocution is one of five Patriarchal Allocutions given at specific times during the year by the Archfather. The allocution ended with an apostolic blessing. The video and complete transcript of the allocution are provided below. 


FROM the Florentine household to the Christian faithful around the world, grace, peace, and Our Apostolic blessing on this glorious Resurrection Sunday in the year of our Lord 2020. This year our Holy Week celebrations, as well as the start of the Easter season find the world in a state of confusion. The recent pandemic and the government responses to that pandemic have caused much panic, much confusion, much upheaval and turmoil. Indeed the government responses to the pandemic in many countries around the world have put hundreds of millions of people, particularly the poor and the vulnerable, at severe risk – especially those who are at severe risk for starvation. As we began our Paschaltide season, we must not allow ourselves to forget the condition of those who are the most poor and vulnerable as the governments take the steps that they take. Likewise we must not forget those who are suffering from health problems, whether it is the COVID-19 or any of the many other ailments, illnesses, and contagious diseases with which humanity must cope.

Fortunately there is much to celebrate, not the least of which is the Resurrection of Christ. On Good Friday, we experienced the death of the earthly body of our Lord. Then He went down into hell to bring the good news to those who were waiting. And on this day, on this day the tomb was empty. Our Lord conquered death. He conquered the grave in fulfillment of the promise, in fulfillment of the prophecy, that we may all have the hope of everlasting life.

And so as we sit in a world of confusion, a world of illness, a world in which so many people are forgotten by the very people in power who are supposed to take care of them and to care for their condition, we nevertheless know that the final and eternal victory is ours. It is indeed a fallen world, and though we are in it, we are not of it. The kingdom that we serve is of course ultimately not of this world. It is the kingdom of Christ, which has no end. Indeed we know that there are so many more important things to deal with than the concerns of this life. We should concern ourselves primarily with the Kingdom of Heaven, and while we are in this life, we should do what we can and do what we must to establish that kingdom here on earth.

Our Lord, as we celebrate each Holy Thursday, instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist that we may join ourselves with His Holy Sacrifice and thereby work towards the hope of eternal salvation. On Pentecost, which is to come, we will again, as we do each year, celebrate the descent of the Holy Ghost that was promised by Christ, that we may not be alone. And it was at that time that the Apostles, just as they were ordained priests at the Last Supper, were ordained what came to be known as bishops.

It is to Christ’s Holy Church that the authority was given and exists still to this day to administer the Kingdom of God here on earth. Nothing on earth stands above Holy Mother Church, and nothing ultimately has authority over it. It has been, since the institution of Christ's Holy Church, an unfortunate feature of life on Earth that the civil authorities and civil organisations often act contrary to the will of the Church and to the will of God, standing indeed against Christ’s Holy Church, the very Bride of Christ, and standing against the Bishops, the very successors of the Apostles. Yet, we must remain firm against this. We cannot give in. We must not. It is our duty to put God and His Holy Church above all else. Again, as we know from this Sunday, this Resurrection Sunday, as we are reminded each year on Resurrection Sunday, the final victory is ours.

Now, I would also like to point out that the Imperial Patriarchate is continuing to experience a growth in vocations. And, during this time of global pandemic our various institutions, particularly the Walsingham Guard and Naval Guard, are highly involved in health and humanitarian service. In fact, the Walsingham Guard was among the first to respond to the needs of local communities, as well as providing high-level policy work. It is through the tireless efforts of our clergy and of the members of our humanitarian and other organisations that the Imperial Patriarchate helps to make the world a better place, in the example of Christ, flowing from the altar of God, indeed, helping to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth. And as churches have found themselves persecuted in this time of confusion by the civil governments in their responses to the pandemic, as they find their rights and their authority usurped, and they have changed their model, the model of the Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church has shown itself resilient. Indeed, with our mission-based approach, the Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church has led the way, with our approaches being emulated from everyone from the Pope in the Basilica of St. Peter to many parishes around the globe. You, the clergy of the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church, the clergy of this See, should be proud of yourselves, and I thank you very much for your service over the years, as I also thank the members of the Walsingham Guard and Naval Guard, the Noble Company St. Mary of Walsingham, and our other organisations and apostolates for all the service that they give, for all the time that they spend in selfless service to others.

And now prepare yourselves to receive God's blessing.

Et benedictio Dei omnipotensis, Patris, + et Filii, + et Spiritus + Sancti, descendat super vos et maneat semper. R. Amen.