Catholic Priest: No President or Health Official 'Gets to Dictate What We Put Into Our Bodies'

Michael W. Chapman | November 30, 2021 | 11:53am EST
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Rev. Ed Meeks, pastor of Christ the King Church in Towson, Md. (Screenshot)
Rev. Ed Meeks, pastor of Christ the King Church in Towson, Md. (Screenshot)

(CNS News) -- In his sermon on Sunday, Nov. 21, the day when the Catholic Church celebrates Jesus Christ as king of Heaven and Earth, Rev. Ed Meeks, apparently in reference to COVID vaccination mandates, said "no earthly king or president or public health official ... gets to dictate what we must put into our bodies."

If you seriously believe that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, given to you by God, then "no earthly king or president or public health official or billionaire technocrat gets to dictate what we must put into our bodies – into these temples of the Holy Spirit," said Rev. Meeks. "Because that’s between us and God."

Rev. Meeks is the pastor of Christ the King Church in Towson, Md. He is a convert from the Anglican Church, and was ordained a Catholic priest in June 2012. 

In his sermon, Rev. Meeks said, “When we say that Jesus is our lord and king, what we’re saying is that we owe our allegiance and our loyalty, first and foremost, to Him and to His kingdom.

"So then how does this principle work itself out in our daily lives, practically speaking? Well, let me just cite one timely example. Our king tells us in His written word that our bodies, our bodies, are temples of the Holy Spirit. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. First Corinthians, 6:19. ‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God. You are not your own, you were bought with a price, so glorify God in your body.’

Christ the King.  (Screenshot)
Christ the King. (Screenshot)

"Do you believe that? Do you believe that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? Do you take it seriously? 

"Among all the other things that that implies – if you do, if you do take it seriously – is this: That no earthly king or president or public health official or billionaire technocrat gets to dictate what we must put into our bodies – into these temples of the Holy Spirit. Because that’s between us and God."

To view the entire sermon, click here

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