A local Catholic priest who has a history of politicizing the pulpit said Wednesday he didn’t feel “any remorse” for referring to the coronavirus as the “China virus,” even though the term has been deemed racist and xenophobic.

In a typed message recently posted on the front doors of St. Anne Parish at the corner of Hickox and Alicia streets, the Rev. Larry Brito wrote that confessions at the church were going to be canceled that day after he had been exposed to a couple who had tested positive for the “China/Corna [sic] Virus.”

Brito, who has since tested positive for the virus and is in quarantine, said he doesn’t believe the term is racist.

“That’s one of the terms that’s used that I’ve seen being used,” he said.

But it doesn’t make it right, said Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of San Francisco-based Chinese for Affirmative Action.

“It is extremely disappointing to see someone in his position — someone who has parishioners who look to him for guidance and see him as someone who is a leader in the community, in their church community — spouting a racist term,” she said. “He is right in the sense that others use this term, such as the president of the United States, and other elected officials, but we also condemn them for using racist terminology.”

President Donald Trump has said he calls the coronavirus the “Chinese virus” because COVID-19 originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. He and others also have called it the “Kung Flu,” which has also been labeled derogatory, especially among Asians.

Choi said “this type of racist rhetoric” has consequences.

“We started a reporting center to document incidents of hate related to COVID-19 that is being directed at Asians and Asian Americans in the United States,” she said. “What we have found is over 3,000 incidents of Asian Americans living out their lives, suffering in the pandemic as everyone else is, who are also being blamed for the coronavirus and are being verbally, physically attacked. They’re being discriminated against. So words matter, racist rhetoric matters, and it has led to endangering the lives of Asian Americans.”

A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe did not return a message seeking comment.

Asked whether he had heard the term was offensive to some people, Brito said “there’s a lot of things that are offensive” to some people.

“Christ himself was offensive to some folks,” he said. “In fact, to a lot of folks.”

Brito said the virus would probably be called the “American flu” or the “American virus” if it had originated in the United States.

“Did you know we had a flu in the United States that’s called the ‘Spanish flu’ that killed a whole bunch of people?” Brito asked. “It was called that, and no one took offense to that.”



At the time Brito posted the message on the church doors, he wrote he had been exposed to COVID-19 and was awaiting test results.

A message posted on the church’s website Tuesday stated he had tested positive. The online message didn’t use the term “China virus.”

“I’m doing fine,” Brito said. “I’m [in] quarantine and doing all the things I’m supposed to do. I don’t have any ill effects. I know there’s some false positives, and maybe that’s what’s happened or maybe I’m just asymptomatic.”

Brito said the message to parishioners had been removed from the church doors because the information had been conveyed to his flock, not because it contained the term “China virus.”

Brito is no stranger to controversy.

Before the 2016 presidential election, he wrote a letter to parishioners essentially encouraging them to vote against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton because of her stance on abortion rights and endorsement by the nonprofit health organization Planned Parenthood.

“We have one candidate who has been endorsed by this evil organization and has proudly embraced their endorsement,” Brito wrote.

In an interview at the time, Brito said the church wasn’t campaigning for one candidate over another.

“There’s several candidates that are running for president, for example, who are pro-choice, and so I think there’s several who are pro-life, so you know, that’s up to the individual,” Brito said then.

“Do you think it’s right to be silent when something like the Holocaust is going on?” Brito added.

The issue of abortion came up again before the general election two years ago when the church installed a sign above the front doors encouraging the flock to “Vote Pro-Life.” A similar sign had been displayed outside the church eight years prior.

“If we were standing up for immigrants, nobody would complain,” Brito said in 2018 after questions about whether the church, a tax-exempt organization, was violating IRS regulations.

“But when we stand up for others who have no voice, the 4,000 children a day who are killed by abortion, they complain. It would be a great disservice to be quiet during this holocaust,” Brito said at the time.

“People criticized the church for being silent during the Holocaust during World War II,” he added. “But now they want us to shut up.”

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(153) comments

Dolores Vigil

It amazes me to see the "bullying" comments in this article (probably from the people who hold daisies and banners at Cerrillos and St. Francis that say "No War" "Love & Peace"). Yes, bullying...that's how you all sound....like angry little narcissistic children who have yet to learn that bullying is bad bad bad! Bored little pandemic-crazed children running around looking to mock someone who doesn't think like them. I bet 99% of these people criticizing and judging Father Brito have never met him. I wish these 140 plus comments would be about how it's inhumane to kill another human being. People have gotten more angry over this "important story" than the grim and ugly fact that little babies experience painful torture as they die daily....(I call it a Silent Holocaust)...why doesn't anyone get excited about that gruesome fact---seriously? Why isn't the killing of children news? (And please, don't start with the same usual debate of "It's my body/my choice, healthcare", etc.) I know Fr. Brito and I'm so thankful that we have a Priest like him who has the courage to stand up for those most helpless and innocent, preborn/unborn HUMAN children and yes, he is also against the evil killing of children AFTER they're born-infanticide. Father says it like it is! and that's what we need this day and age! Mr. Chacon labels Fr. Brito as being no stranger to "controversy" and states he is politicizing the pulpit. Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought journalists were so suppose to report "news/stories" and not add their personal opinions/feelings to their story. Which brings me to the thought....how is this even a "story"? I would think that the valuable space this article took up could have been better used to praise and thank the many workers who are risking their own health by working for us all during this pandemic or maybe a story to help those dealing with pandemic loss, grief and depression, especially during these difficult times. If some people got their feelings really hurt and feel Father is racist and politicizing the pulpit, they're wrong and wasting their emotional energy! This whole "thing" against him started a few years ago because he merely reminded us that we SHOULD vote Prolife, because sadly, some Catholics do go against God's (not mine, not Father's, but God's) Commandment "Thou shalt not kill" and support abortion. As a Christian, we shouldn't politicize (or support abortion)--which is what's blindly happened to this HUMANE issue. (I don't get how people block from their mind that abortion is INhumane and they switch their focus to every reason to kill a baby, but they don't allow themselves to think OF the baby). Even if you're not Christian, for goodness sake...it's a HUMANE issue--not tissue---a baby! I really don't get how you have people feeding rodents in Santa Fe and fighting for coyote's rights, but they seem to think it's ok to kill a HUMAN little boy or little girl. ? I'm very thankful we have a Priest that will remind us NOT to vote for people who think it's ok to kill children! Father Brito expressed what we should all be doing....standing up for what's humane....the lives of little innocent silent CHILDREN who need a voice to protect these precious angels. This "controversy" is considered a "controversy" only by those who want to silence a voice who stands up for HUMAN rights. Through the years, Planned Parenthood did a good job of playing on people's minds leading their sheep to where they are today: they started by calling it what it is...abortion, then they labeled this gruesome act to Prochoice and then changed it by adding a new twist by calling it a "healthcare" issue. All these deceiving facades to continue the killing of precious children and the selling their little limbs and organs....all about profit profit profit. Who have we become that we justify this--that your "choice" (of convenience) is more sacred than their human life? I've heard it all and have debated it all...still people have lost their sense of humanity and proabortion people continue to politicize the killing of human children and than twist things and label the voice of the innocent to be "controversial", "political" or "extreme", etc.. Like the German Holocaust, a silent holocaust continues every day as the many sheep keep letting it happen. It's funny, people raise their fists and get so offended to think that a comment like "China virus" is so racist, yet, these same people are also the sheep who follow the likes of Margaret Sanger who is the dark, evil Hitler spawn who started Planned Parenthood....whose plan, by the way, was intended to abolish people of color through abortion...is this not Racist? Yet, no one says anything about dark Margaret and the organization she founded. Abortion kills women and leaves many dealing with emotional suffering. Abortionists do nothing to help these women who experience post abortion emotional trauma (or death; they just send them out the back door to fen for themselves. Wanted or not, like me and you, all little boys and little girls have a right to live and not die, so that they can live their lives too...so that they can "choose" to play, run, giggle and dream. All children bring a new kind of joyous life to our lives. God has created them....He, in His own way, will take care of them....He always has. Stop the evil hatred towards those who don't think like you....find some peace. Thank you, Father Brito for all the lives you've helped.

Anita McGinnis

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Sabine Strohem

Note to self: avoid Fr. Brito and his church.

Richard Reinders

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Al Chavez

The alternate reality that Donald Trump has wrought is on full display in this thread.

Trump once said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and he wouldn’t lose voters. Likewise he can disparage the Chinese and his minions will happily following him over the cliff. And the madness continues.

Al Chavez

**follow

Anita McGinnis

But if he said he were pro-abortion you wouldn't notice or take offense.

Carolyn DM

"A local priest who has a habit of piliticizing the pulpit...". That's all I need to know about this goon.

Anita McGinnis

Who sounds like a goon Carolyn? It's not the local priest.

Khal Spencer

Several have insinuated that the Covid-19 virus was hatched and escaped from a Chinese research lab. That is only one among several hypotheses, not a proven statement by any stretch of the imagination. Nice article here in Nature, a highly reputable science journal.

NEWS 11 November 2020

Where did COVID come from? WHO investigation begins but faces challenges

Identifying the source will be tricky, and investigators will need to grapple with the sensitive political situation.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03165-9

Emily Koyama

Having the WHO investigate the Chinese government responsibility for COVID 19 is like having Pablo Escobar investigate drug trafficking.

The Chinese are not exactly being co-operative in this regard.

Mike Johnson

Well said, the Chinese cannot be trusted in anything, much less when they know they are responsible for the carnage the world has endured for their gain.

Daniel Mathews

The priest needs to examine his heart in conjunction with a conversation with the archbishop. He might also look into getting some remedial English grammar lessons. As for his comment that he “heard Covid referred to as the C***a virus”, I’ve heard the N word but that doesn’t make it right.

Emily Koyama

So, if you were to travel to "Ch#na", what would you call that country... since "Ch#na" is offensive to you?

Emily Hartigan

"China" is not an ethnic slur unless it is attached to something hateful, like a deadly virus. Then you are responsible not to add to the hostility to Asian-Americans, which is what the use of "China virus" has produced.

Anita McGinnis

A virus is not hateful. It is simply a type of molecule. It does not hate, laugh or cry. It does not have an opinion.

Daniel Mathews

Emily

China in and of itself is not a pejorative word. C***a Virus is pejorative.

Anita McGinnis

The virus originated in China. And the only pejorative attitude expressed here, is in the disdain and disapproval for any commenter who dares to oppose a certain popular political view.

Anita McGinnis

You post this because your grammar is, of course, flawless. Perhaps you might also look into lessons on basic human decency. Look into your own heart Daniel maybe there is room for improvement.

Emily Hartigan

Anita's husband: please reflect.

A virus is hateful because we can hate non-human phenomena. Your pose as somehow above it all is belied by you numerous irrational posts.

Hate viruses, not people.

Basic human decency, A's hubby, is about caring whether our fellow country-persons are attacked for their ethnicity because of careless, thoughtless use of an epithet that just using "COVID" would circumvent. Unless you want more hate.

Anita McGinnis

Why are you preoccupied with Anita's husband?

Emily Hartigan

"Anita" you know that you posted this:

"Emily Hartigan, I do regret the use of the terms screwball wing-nuts and clowns. My husband got angry and posted under my name. "

Anita McGinnis

Emily- So you have decided that I am lying. Okay.

You think I am Jake from State Farm Insurance,

wearing kahki pants, on the phone at 3am.

Anita McGinnis

Of course I know I posted it. How else could you have read it? I said that I regretted the use of those terms. Maybe I should have let his comment stand. Anyone who reads often can tell the difference in the voice.... So you say I am lying. Oh well.

Angel Ortiz

Emily. Anita doesn't see the whole picture. You are wasting your time with her. Plus her husband seems to hijack her posts, so you can never be sure if it's her, the husband or Jake from State Farm. Take a deep breath and let her go....far..far away.

Emily Hartigan

Angel, thanks for your 8:49 comment -- I had already decided to do as you suggest.

Richard Reinders

Really you are calling him out on spelling, , and unless your Carnac how do you know what was in his heart when he said this, I doubt he was being malicious. People with too much time on their hands is the devils workshop.

Elizabeth Pettus

The Spanish flu was not called Spanish flu because it originated there, but because it was identified first there, and yes, you all made your own point-now people think it originated there. The strain we have in the US is closer to the strain from Italy (also from China) but regardless, we could have stopped it and our National leadership chose not to stop it, therefore it’s truly an American property now. The misspellings in the sign are most disturbing, but also, the hatred indicated by the tone.

Khal Spencer

Its been known for some time that the H1N1 "Spanish Flu" of a century ago probably originated in the U.S. That's why its better to dig below the surface on these things.

Emily Koyama

A virus "strain" has to have an original virus from which to mutate. Stop trying to obfuscate and concurrently minimize the fact that the virus originated in Wuhan, China, and the fact that the Chinese government did everything in their power to deflect blame, and even went so far as to propagandize the narrative that the US was responsible for unleashing it on the world.

I have nothing against the Chinese people, they have an amazing culture and history...but the government is opressive, and human rights abuse is rampant....their negligence in containing the virus at it's outset, and campaign of misinformation and outright lies should be investigated and there should be consequences.

Emily Hartigan

Actually, the issue is the use of a word that has become, whatever anyone's original intent, a catalyst for racist attacks on Asian-Americans. It's not about "truth" or who has been more negligent/deceitful [Trump or China] about the virus. It's about inciting hatred that ends in harm and hate to our fellow country-persons. Once it was pointed out, refusing to see the consequences no matter the original intent, becomes culpable. There is no need to attach an ethnic identity to a deadly virus. COVID-19 works.

Emily Koyama

The fact that ignorant people latch onto the (pejorative) "China Virus", does not change the fact that the virus did originate in China. The effort to use that as a way to allow only alphabet designations, or calling it COVID 19, is more an effort to absolve China of any culpability (IMHO), rather than call it what it is. Deal with racist elements that are victimizing Asian people by all means, but don't try to "sanitize" our dialogue to the point that it infinges on free speech or factual information.

HRH Prince Michael Jauregui

Thank-you Ms. Koyama, you've made some truthful observations. To call a global pandemic that originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China is not racist in any form. Without question, early immigrants from China made profound contributions to this nation, and their descendants, Chinese-Americans, continue to do the same.

Be clear: The actions of a cruel, godless and oppressive Communist government are in no way reflective of -again- Chinese Americans, and hopefully most Americans can make this vital distinction.

Ms. Koyama, may you and your have a Merry CHRIST -!Mas! (c)

Emily Hartigan

Use of COVID is not about absolving some country.

It's about avoiding hate crimes against Asian-Americans.

Your wish to use an ethnic name that is demonstrably used against people here, is propaganda, not compassion.

Julie Martinez

Father Brito is an great person, and a great priest! I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU FATHER. I for one will always attend Fr. Brito's masses. He gives the best sermons and always speaks the truth! These days people don't want to hear the truth, the are AFRAID of it I guess. God Bless you Father. And God Bless us all!!

Khal Spencer

I've never met Fr. Brito. I'd rather get to know the gentleman before I form an opinion on what his intent was in that note posted to his door. Perhaps he was simply exasperated at the time with getting The Bug and wrote it in haste. Maybe he does blame the Chinese for this. Maybe we ought to move on....

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Matthew 7:1-3

Anita McGinnis

What does Cynthia Choi, representative of Affirmative Action, in San Francisco have to do with a word in a note a priest left to his parishioners in Santa Fe? This really sounds like speech suppression. If she is promoting justice, she can focus on the violently intolerant communists in China or for example the unjust treatment of the Tibetans, some being in Santa Fe.

mark Nickson

'"Christ himself was offensive to some folks,” he said. “In fact, to a lot of folks.”'

The only problem is Rev. Brito not Christ.

Anita McGinnis

No problem Mark, Rev. Brito never claimed such.

Red Eagle

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Let us Stop judging everyone for Everything!

Laura Stokes

I wonder how the Reverend would feel about calling it the American Virus

Richard Reinders

Well if it originated in the US that is what you would call it, but since it originated in China, well you can figure out the rest.

Anita McGinnis

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Julie Martinez

He is not a Reverend, he is a priest. FYI

Angel Ortiz

Wow! Can't say that I am shocked by Father Brito and his statement. All he has done stirred up the fire a bit more. With all of the deaths nationwide and locally I would think he would be able to show more insight and leadership. Everyone has the right to their own opinion. I don't agree with his rhetoric. Now I can see why we can't get ahold of this crisis when people don't have remorse, and feet that making the virus a racist issue.

Anita McGinnis

Yes he "stirred the pot" by leaving a notice to parishioners to inform them of a change in the schedule. He also called the New Mexican to come and take a picture of the notice and place it in the newspaper.

Angel Ortiz

So his "notice" provided Father Brito with absolution from his actions? He stirred the pot by not taking responsibility for his actions. Over 2,800 souls lost in the United States yesterday. In NM we've had a total of 1,673 deaths in the year. We all need to take responsibility for the crisis. Father Brito also choose to spin the situation into a racist issue. BTW. Is your most recent post yours or your husband?

Anita McGinnis

That post was an exception. You have no authority to judge that Fr. Brito needs absolution. By the way, they may have died but we don't know whether their souls were lost

Angel Ortiz

Anita as usual you miss the point. Your statement'That post was an exception. You have no authority to judge that Fr. Brito needs absolution. By the way, they may have died but we don't know whether their souls were lost" . People died. Souls left their human body. I never claimed to have any authority but Father Brito's language and actions show his agenda to be exactly that. No worries. You can believe what you want as we as Father Brito. The sun will rise tomorrow and I'll still be here waiting for you entertaining posts. Have a wonderful evening.

Anita McGinnis

In regard to your comment at 9:49pm Dec.3rd Okay Angel. Thank you for your reply.

HRH Prince Michael Jauregui

For those making disparaging remarks about Mr. Chacon -and The SFNM: You will not find an individual more critical of the American Press than myself. My duties demand that I'm fully aware of local, state and national affairs. For those making disparaging remarks about world-class, veteran-journalist Daniel Chacon and other staff-members at the SFNM, I humbly suggest: Don't kill the messenger.

Khal Spencer

Prince MJ, I agree.

I really value Daniel Chacon's work and he wrote this up well. Its just that to me, its a tempest in a teapot. With record numbers of COVID cases, Covid deaths, the local economy in a shambles, a dangerous transition happening in the White House, and any number of other things going on, it seems to me that we ought to cut Father Brito some slack and let it be between him, his Archbishop, and his congregation. There are bigger fish to fry and since tomorrow is Friday, we should as Catholics be having fish (although that tradition is long behind us).

I said my piece below. Enough. All the best to you, sir.

HRH Prince Michael Jauregui

Khal, I can agree with you to, well, a degree. At some point leaders must address root-causes. Mr. Spencer, you're a gentleman and scholar.

Khal Spencer

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Mike Johnson

This priest is a man of God who speaks the truth, he has nothing to be remorseful about.

Lee Vigil

Don't tell me, he isn't wearing a mask when he's meeting with parishioners. Is the church not following health protocols?

Molly Mix

Fr. Brito has continued to offer masses throughout the entire pandemic. He takes his job and everything that is stands for very seriously, and THAT is the only story here. He stands strong in the midst of a mess of an archdiocese, and I appreciate that!

Chris Arrott

The arrogance of this priest and his complete misunderstanding of racism is such a disappointment for his congregation. Perhaps he needs to remember that this country was founded on a separation of church and state. What would Jesus have said? He would not have used a racist comment but would instead be out there taking care of the victims of the coronavirus.

Khal Spencer

And, JC would be kicking over the moneychanging tables and cleansing the Catholic Church of its addiction to whatever wealth it still has after the lawsuits are settled.

Mike Johnson

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Anita McGinnis

Why should Fr. Brito have remorse for speaking the truth?

Emily Hartigan

Well, Ms. McGinnis, you have convinced me not to go to St. Anne's, because I would never presume to call my fellow Church members "so-called Catholics" or use sweeping judgmental phrases like "screwball wing nuts" though you do tempt me....

Anita McGinnis

Emily Hartigan, I do regret the use of the terms screwball wing-nuts and clowns. My husband got angry and posted under my name. When I disagree with someone I don't call them names. So we have requested the editor to cancel that particular comment.

Anita McGinnis

Maybe both of us should repent and change our attitudes.

Emily Hartigan

Anita (I hope), my attitude is this: do not resort to such insults (thank you for cancelling the original post), and do not presume to say anyone is a "so-called Catholic" because that is not for you to judge. Some of my fellow Church members drive me to distraction, but I recognize that part of the Mystery [something the Church is founded on, Mystery] is that we are all in the Body of Christ, Who is Love. Even those who insist on "pro-life" but support the death penalty, for example, and ignore poverty.

Are you suggesting I repent for the temptation I noted? "Lead us not into temptation" suggests that being tempted is central to the human condition, not something to repent of so long as one does not give in. Blessings, in the Mystery.

Ian Fuego

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Carolyn DM

Wow!! Apparently the SFNMexican doesn't moderate the content of these comments or delete them for blatant lies.

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Carolyn DM

Well now that your fake christian, pro-birther, squatter in the White House is almost gone, are you going to start yelling about the children and babies that were ripped from their parents to be locked in cages for years on end, or does your concern for humans stop after they're out of the womb and when can no longer be controlled, like all the GOP goons on the Right that you support?

Anita McGinnis

You can't speak for this priest's congregation and do you really care what Jesus would have said?

Emily Koyama

This country was "founded" on Christian values, not "separation of Church and State". Government is not to create or endorse any religion....nor prevent the free exercise of religion.... Big difference.

Ian Fuego

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Ian Fuego

It is absolutely not a disappointment to his congregation. Most intelligent people know the true definition of racism and that the term "separation of Church and State" has been turned upside down and is nowhere in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Next thing you know your ideaology is going to label the word "French bread" racist, then next many "Spanish rice", based on your comment, I take it you believe the "Spanish flu" was racist. If you want to know what Jesus said or how he may have reacted, open up a bible, here I'll help. "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye". Matthew 7:5

Ian Fuego

It is absolutely not a disappointment to his congregation. Most intelligent people know the true definition of racism and that the term "separation of Church and State" has been turned upside down and is nowhere in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Next thing you know your ideaology is going to label the word "French bread" racist, then next many "Spanish rice", based on your comment, I take it you believe the Spanish flu was racist. If you want to know what Jesus said or how he may have reacted, open up a bible, here I'll help. "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye". Matthew 7:5

Mr. John Martinez

Yawn....

Jim Zebora

During my 20 years as a newspaper editor, I would have asked the reporter pitching this story how it rises to the level of news. I don't see a satisfying answer in the copy.

Emily Hartigan

Jim Zebora, I can't know, but I suspect that if you or someone close to you were Chinese-American, you would see how this is (distressing) news.

Anita McGinnis

It's almost as distressing as hearing about the Chinese concentration camps, where anyone with a religion other than the Chinese communist government are being tortured to include removal of organs of living persons.

Khal Spencer

Daniel usually runs really good stories. This one seems a bit less than his usual hard hitting stuff. A priest known for tossing political hand grenades under the tent flap says something politically incorrect and uses grammar unworthy of a seventh grader. Is that what is front page news in Fanta Se? I suppose we are lucky it was a slow news day.

Samuel Herrera

Thank goodness there is more diversity in the editors office than there was in your time.

Emily Koyama

I think I preferred when the media "reported" the news, rather that use it as a way to influence public opinion. It would seem that increased "diversity" has not resulted in increased objectivity.

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HRH Prince Michael Jauregui

#TRUTH.

HRH Prince Michael Jauregui

Although I consider "Corporate Christianity" eternal enemies, I commend Larry Brito for speaking pure, unadulterated Truth. As I've taught for years, Truth, most-often is disturbing.

Be clear: The wicked and reckless biochemists in Wuhan, China had little 0r no regard for the the potentially World-catastrophic effects from their "creation". Some within the Global-intelligence community have implied that virus was intentionally spread, even targeted to various locations.

Equally disturbing, is the gross and utter lack of consequences for Communist China by greedy and agenda-serving World and Business "leaders". Personally, I would impose and worldwide embargo, followed by greatly-increased embargoes. Again, the inexcusable inaction by U.S. Political and Business "leaders" exposes their blind commitment to America's true "god" - The Golden Calf of Capitalism. At all costs.

I humbly invite everyone to please pray for brother Larry Brito and all those afflicted by China's -latest- wicked and lethal creation.

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HRH Prince Michael Jauregui

Mike, I always appreciate you honest and straightforwardness. Again, I'd start with worldwide embargoes, followed by greatly increased tariffs.

My late, beloved Pop was a tough, big-hearted man of fews words. Right before he removed his thick, leather belt, he would advise: "Boy, there's two ways in Life we learn. The easy way, and the hard-way. I'm sorry you refused to learn the easy way..."

Today, a once-blessed and thriving nation has merely BEGUN to learn, the hard-way.

Emily Hartigan

China is an amazingly diverse civilization pre-dating the USA by millennia. I'm no fan of their current government, but anyone who has been fortunate enough to visit the Beijing Museum or tour the vast beauty of a huge country can't just dismiss it as "dirty" or wicked. The only reason to call the virus by country is to inflame.

If you want to point fingers for reckless disregard for life, look at the non-President.

Lee Vigil

The other reason for the non-President to call the virus this is to deflect responsibility.

Samuel Herrera

Say what you will about China, they have not been in a war in 42 years. Compare that with us.

Sandra Smith

The CCP treats their people like ants. Monitoring them...forced organ harvesting from prisoners..

look at the Hong Kong freedom fighters. Who sang our anthem... they get it. Samual don’t be a spoiled American. “COMMUNISM” is not pleasant.

Anita McGinnis

Beauty and museums not withstanding, having concentration camps and torturing people is wicked.

Emily Hartigan

Torture and concentration camps are wicked.

We tortured, and we have concentration camps [Guantanamo, at the border).

Ironically, it was the Outgoing who said, when asked about Russia's assassinations, "we kill people, too" --- we are not without sin, although I repeat that the current government in China is not admirable. Nor is ours, for many of us.

Mr. John Martinez

Sounds like some have scripture on their lips but some hate in their hearts. Also, there is an easy fix, considering the Archdiocese of Santa Fe just filed for bankruptcy, just find another church. Drive in any direction in Santa Fe and you'll find one. Time to stop mixing politics and religion.

HRH Prince Michael Jauregui

Mr. Martinez, I'll fast-forward past your broad and vague claim, to merely advise. Overstand, -if you will, sir- Deception is a child of Hate. Hence, if we deceive people, we are hating people - in the suppression and/or omission of Truth.

Politics and Religion in America have long-been intermingled, after all, 95% of America's Founding Fathers were practicing Christians and/or Clergy members.

May you and yours have a Merry CHRIST-Mas Mr. Martinez!

Robert Elliott

oh the hypocrisy. Schumer (and everyone) says Spanish flu ok, Obama white house (and everyone) says Middle East respiratory syndrome, ok, but.......whatever Trump says, not ok.

“We’re living through the greatest economic crisis since the Depression and the greatest health crisis since the Spanish Flu in 1918,” Schumer said Monday as the Senate opened.

Obama whitehouse...."The White House press office told PunditFact that the change was aimed at Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS),"

Robert Elliott

and please do not forget how the government of china intimidated and made doctors disappear who were first warning of the disease. China kind of put their stamp on it when they did that.

Jeff Clark

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/26/opinion/pope-francis-covid.html

Jeff Clark

Pope Francis would not approve.

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Carlos Vasquez

You do understand that the pandemic 0f 1918-1920 originated in Kansas? It was called the Spanish Flu because Spain had the decency to speak up in their free press culture of the times...Spain took a lot of blame for the flu although it was misplaced. As you may also know, Wuhan got their act together and beat the virus in the month of February while we were being lied to.

Emily Hartigan

This guy is a reminder that my Church is as divided as my country is. Slightly more Catholics [52%] voted for Biden than the national average [51%], which is some comfort to me. Ironically, my after-Mass [in olden times, back in TX] brunch bunch is all GOP but me, and that helps me remember that I really do love some of the people who voted for that disaster. So now I know I won't be going to that guy's church (I already suspected) when I can go back.

Ann Maes

Shameful, but what do you expect from an organization that's filled with corruption?! Your donations at work.

Lee DiFiore

Worldwide, more than 1.5 million people (almost 275,000 in the USA) have died from this virus that no one disputes originated in China. As time goes by there is more and more indication that China lied to the world about its origins and its ability to spread person-to-person. They also allowed their people to travel the world over and increase the potential for spread. It's the CHINA VIRUS.

Patricia Ortiz

This is true, the question is what is the origin of this China Virus , nature or lab.

Mark Stahl

Can we now refer to the catholic church as the church of pedophilia? I heard someone say that once.

Carlos Vasquez

logical

Anita McGinnis

Yes, of course, just like the Boy Scouts of Pedophilia or The Hollywood of Pedophilia.

Stefanie Beninato

Yeah and I bet he denies priestly pedophilia and sexual abuse too. How to teach tolerance and love--not!

Carlos Vasquez

tell it Bibi...

Anita McGinnis

Tell it like it is, and not as your distorted opinion of reality.

Ian Fuego

👍🏼

Anita McGinnis

Your bet is unfair and inaccurate.

Khal Spencer

I don't recall the Spanish being in agony over the use of the term "Spanish Flu" for the 1917-18 H1N1 Pandemic, but they were never subject to a Spaniard Exclusion Act, either.

Father Brito really should not have done that, given the context of how "China Flu" has been used in the last year. I hope Archbishop Wester has a little bit of a woodshed session with Father Larry.

Mark Stahl

The first identified case of the “Spanish Flu” was in a military post in Kansas so perhaps in the name of geographic integrity it should be renamed the “Kansas Flu”.

Khal Spencer

I forgot to mention that, Mark. Or maybe the "Yankee Flu"

Certain irony, eh?

Mike Johnson

Khal, the fact is that this virus originated in China, there is not disputing that....https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/about-epidemiology/identifying-source-outbreak.html

Khal Spencer

Agree!

Khal Spencer

I've no problem slamming the Chinese Government, but I think the objections are to generalizing to Chinese-Americans or for that matter, the run of the mill person in China who has two choices: go along to get along, or get a free tuition plan to a forced reeducation camp.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup]

Anita McGinnis

I'm thinking that, more appropriately, Fr. Brito should be applauded and supported for speaking the truth.

Robert Bartlett

For the "journalists" at the SFNM this is front page news. Pathetic.

Richard Irell

So I guess he thinks that since all of us heard derogatory terms for Hispanics, Jews, Indians, Blacks, etc., it is okay for us to use them.

Khal Spencer

Hey, as Firesign Theatre once asked, "What Makes America Great?"

Amy Earle

This priest’s comments not only show his political bent (Trump) but his ignorance as well. No one but the Trump inner circle refer to the virus as the China virus and they do it to deflect their own blame in the handling of the pandemic. People attend church to hear the message of salvation. They don’t attend so a priest, pastor, or any religious head can suggest how they should vote or what political figure to support. Shame on this ignorant priest.

Emily Koyama

His parishoners can decide what they think of his "message", and attend (or not attend) as they see fit.

Gene Hill

Not a parishioner (I presently live out of town) but I've attended mass at St. Anne and sensed they were a politicized parish supporting the pussygrabber in the name of "pro life" but now I know for sure. Never again.

Samuel Herrera

Let me see...these rantings are from a man who has no intimate personal relationships with other human beings....lives in a socialized economy where his livelihood, housing, food, Heath care are all provided for by his master....and works in a place where only men are in charge of things...

Anita McGinnis

What? What rantings?

Robert Bartlett

Nonsense. The virus came from China.

Emily Koyama

Yes, it did. And the fact that China's government has tried to push narratives that the US military "planted" the virus, or even the latest nonsensical propaganda, that it originated in Italy, makes it all the more important that the true origins of the virus are not lost in their misinformation campaign.

Ian Fuego

👍🏼👍🏼

Carlos Vasquez

Indeed[thumbup][thumbup]

Ian Fuego

Amy, people attend Church to worship God, if your there just to hear words of salvation, your missing out. Shame on lukewarm individuals who call themselves Christian's and have beliefs that are contrary to the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Lord have mercy.

Anita McGinnis

And your comments, Amy, show your political bent and hate toward any one against your self-righteous promotion of abortion, whether is is the gruesome partial birth or late term abortion. That what all this horrified indignance is about. Those that don't have empathy for the humanity of a developing child are loudly condemning that someone might be using a politically incorrect term. By the way, although you clearly hate Trump, those in his "inner circle" are not the only sane people who are free to use the accurate term China Virus.

Russell Scanlon

Well of course he’s a Republican

Elizabeth Jones

Was anyone else more concerned about his poor grammar than his comment? It’s almost as if there is a relationship...

Carlos Vasquez

[thumbup]

Anita McGinnis

The relationship between the content of your comment and your arrogance is concerning.

Red Eagle

....”the coronavirus as the “China virus,” even though the term has been deemed racist and xenophobic.” that statement is only racist and xenophobic to the people who see racism/xenophobia everywhere they look. Give it up people, don’t you have more important things to work on and put your energy into, like how to stop this virus, not What someone is calling it. It is called the China virus cause that is where it originated, just like at the time reports indicated the Spanish flu first originated in Spain. It is still called the Spanish flu, is that racist? We really need to refocus on coming together, not tearing each other apart, as Christ’s teachings show us.

Elizabeth Jones

I understand your point of view, but would it be different if you were a Chinese child?

Richard Irell

The difference is that the terms China or Wuhan virus were used by Trump and his ilk to scapegoat the Chinese in their attempt to deflect blame for their incompetence in handling the situation.m

Anita McGinnis

Scapegoat the Chinese? Who is deflecting blame Richard?

HRH Prince Michael Jauregui

I thank-you sir, for speaking Truth.

Carlos Vasquez

Kansas flu fool

dennis feeley

Jesus lived a life of tolerance filled with love for all regardless of their politics. This priest needs to apologize and read the gospels. If he is so insensitive about his choice of words than the Diocese needs to replace him.

HRH Prince Michael Jauregui

Dennis, you might take you own advice, and read the Gospels. Starting with, "WOE to you Scribes and Pharisees" (The Gospel of St. Matthew 23:13-36)

Like so many "Christians", you don't serve The Most Divine and Eternal Son of Almighty Yahweh, Christ King Yeshua. Rather, "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR"!

Lee Vigil

[yawn]

Ian Fuego

Amen!🙏🏼

Carlos Vasquez

[thumbup]

Anita McGinnis

Jesus lived a life of love but not of complete tolerance. It's not too late for you to repent. You can apologize to the priest too!

Randall Finley

He called it the China virus? OMG!!!!!

mark Nickson

Well, at least we all now Fr. Brito's political slant: GOP.

Anita McGinnis

Yes, exactly. That's what it's about. It's not Fr. Brito's grammar. This commotion is an attack on anyone who is not in conformance with the far-left aggression. Otherwise why would there be a picture of the notice in the newspaper and a lengthy article complete with remarks from a social justice warrior (in San Francisco). The control freaks are trying to take over and the complicity of the local newspaper is not right.

Richard Reinders

you know nothing

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