For some high-ranking prelates, God never punishes. To say that the scourge of the current epidemic could be divine punishment…
God chastises not only individuals but also nations, De Mattei says, and cites a bishop who recently forcefully rejected the idea that the coronavirus could be a punishment for humanity.
Christianity has always addressed both individuals and nations. Abortion, euthanasia, the destruction of human embryos, divorce, homosexual adoptions: these are the “structures of sin” described by St. John Paul II. Together they form a deposit of individual sins that become social evils. This is why it is critical the Church goes back to preaching about conversion. And not just the conversion of man, but of society as well.