Las Cruces bishop first in U.S. to resume Mass as MLG’s State Police hunt down church ban defiers

On Wednesday, Las Cruces Bishop Peter Baldacchino advised his priests to resume their ministry, in accordance with state-ordered health guidelines, making it clear he does not agree with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s order of no more than five people congregating in one place. 

“We [as priests] have been called by Christ and ordained to serve the people of the Diocese of Las Cruces, to bring them hope and consolation during this difficult time,” Baldacchino wrote.

“In the events of these days and weeks the Lord is calling us out of our comfort zone, he is calling us to seek new ways to reach the people. In addition to this mission with which we are entrusted, we also have the mission to keep people safe. The two must be equally pursued.” 

“While it is true that we need to take every reasonable precaution to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, it is equally true that we offer the greatest ‘essential service’ to our people. The past few weeks have brought to light many unintended consequences of the ‘stay-at-home’ order,” he continued.

According to the Catholic News Agency, “Baldacchino is the first U.S. bishop known to have amended a previously declared diocesan ban on public Masses since the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the U.S. last month.”

The news comes amid Gov. Lujan Grisham sending State Police out to hunt down people of faith who are defying her ban on church gatherings announced the day before Easter Sunday.

In the Governor’s announcement of the ban, she said she wanted to make clear that “home is also holy,” mentioning the Jewish Passover and the Islamic Ramadan as other holy occasions. The announcement just so happened to come out the same day the Albuquerque Journal published an op-ed from a leftist columnist who harassed an elderly pro-life man, where she echoed much of the same language in the piece. 

Audio obtained by KIVA 93.7 FM/1600 AM’s “Rock of Talk” host Eddy Aragon, shows state police calling churches, saying they’ve had “complaints” that the churches have remained open, and they must suspend all gatherings immediately.

In once call from an “Officer Price” to the New Hope Revival Church, he informs the church they are “non-essential and this business should be closed down until further notice until this epidemic is over and completed.”

 Another call from Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office to Pastor Jeff Carr of Mesa Baptist Church in Rio Rancho informs the church of the Governor’s order while giving guidelines that are supported, including “online services, drive-in services where people remain in the car with their windows rolled up… or listen to a radio service, honk their horns for ‘Amen!’ and so on.”

On Monday, Legacy Church in Albuquerque filed a lawsuit against the State of New Mexico claiming Gov. Lujan Grisham violated the First Amendment protecting their freedom of religion. Head Pastor Steve Smothermon said, “Really what I consider a very egregious act on her part that at 5 o’clock on Saturday she puts out this new order for churches basically not making churches essential when they were before, and she does it on the eve of Easter.” 

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a statement on social distancing and religious practices in light of a church in Greenville, Mississippi where congregants were fined $500 for participating in a church service from their cars. “Even in times of emergency, when reasonable and temporary restrictions are placed on rights, the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers,” wrote Barr. 

The Las Cruces Bishop’s decision to resume Catholic mass services will test what lengths Gov. Lujan Grisham is willing to go to clamp down on religious believers practicing their faith, as she is allegedly a member of the Catholic faith.

11 thoughts on “Las Cruces bishop first in U.S. to resume Mass as MLG’s State Police hunt down church ban defiers”

  1. Richard Carrillo

    Grisham is a communist. She doesn’t like religion, the 2nd Amendment, small businesses or Republicans. How she won we will never know, but she needs to be removed.

    1. Watch “Bishop” Baldachinno’s Vatican II, anti-pope boss slap him down and discipline him in support of the Ditz. Keep in mind that Lujan-Grisham, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Ocasio-Cortez, these are all Vatican II, Novus Ordo “Catholics” who represent the avant-garde of counterfeit “church.”

      Bishop Baldachinno, by the way, is not a bishop, as Vatican II’s man-made new rite of episcopal consecration is patently invalid, null and void. Nor does the man-made new rite of priestly ordination confer the sacrament of Holy Orders.

      1. You sound like a member of the SSPX ? What’s your bases for saying that he is not a bishop? Whose church do you belong to ?? Personally I am not fond of some of the bishops we currently have and how they espouse and support teachings contrary to Our Lords Teachings and the teachings of the early church fathers but they’re still there as bishops. Pray for God’s mercy on their souls and may He have mercy on us too.

    2. Bryant Hausfeld

      The Bishop of Las Cruces says he’s so concerned about his people, but he sure has no concern for his priests – especially this one!

    1. Great idea but unfortunately most of the sheeple are too afraid to stand up to government. These kind of stands need numbers and most are too corwardly.

      1. We need real numbers for protests but the CDC is suddenly allowed to count people who have never been tested for covid as covid 19 deaths because they think they “probably” had it and it “probably” killed them…the death toll will look much higher soon..! Let’s count the sheeple who would probably like to show up for protests as showing up! We will have big numbers then!!

  2. We see again the people who worship religion INSTEAD OF GOD. The law of the governor is based on a loving Father who does not want people to die! (See Jesus in the Garden; read the Letter to the Hebrews) Worship, Jesus say, is not in a place like Garizim or Jerusalem, — or even in a church–the earliest churches were AT HOMES.–BUT IN SPIRIT AND TRUTh. These worshipers are pharisees who emphasize the external observance of the law–the human interpretation–over the wordless love, life and mutual sharing which IS the Gospel. They seem to be the same 2nd amendment human interpreters who defend themselves by killing, who see themselves as proud–i.e., non humble Christian–adherents of superior knowledge, morality and courage. These folks seem exactly the kind of superior beings Jesus opposed in the Gospels.

  3. We need real numbers for protests but the CDC is suddenly allowed to count people who have never been tested for covid as covid 19 deaths because they think they “probably” had it and it “probably” killed them…the death toll will look much higher soon..! Let’s count the sheeple who would probably like to show up for protests as showing up! We will have big numbers then!!

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