A Hidden Pandemic A Hidden Pandemic- Western Diocese of the Armenian Church
A Hidden Pandemic
Published - 28 May 2020

In an article titled “Counting Lives in a culture of death” authored by Matthew R. Petrusek, Ph.D., we come across the data of deaths due to certain crises in the life of society. In the United States, the lists of the data is shocking and yet hidden from the news media.

  • 68, 029 – The number of deaths due to overdoses between February 2018 and February 2019, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • 48,000 – The number of deaths due to suicide in 2018, according to the CDC.
  • 16,214 – The number of deaths due to murder and non-negligent manslaughter in 2018, according to the FBI.
  • 1,095,000 – The estimated number of aborted babies in the United States, representing roughly 22% of all pregnancies, according to the numbers from the World Health Organization.

Learning the statistic of the estimated number of aborted babies a year vis a vis the coronavirus, I was deeply pained and concerned. How could this happen in a civilized society? What is the justification by civic leaders? How can the world society hide this alarming crisis? And as I was reading the data provided by the author, I then remembered one of the astounding sermons of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, wherein the influential religious figure noted an alarming statistic of a child passing every 27 seconds of hunger and malnutrition.

This makes me think that the world is suffering from a “hidden” pandemic and that COVID-19 is not the only threat posed to humanity. The whole world is challenged to change.

God is at our doorsteps and it is time to give the account of our stewardship. The stewardship of life graced upon us should not be taken for granted. We are responsible for all of the listed crises above and it is the time to correct our life’s behavior. Humanity has been locked down for a reason. This has been a time of self-examination. Many have said that life will never be the same after the coronavirus outbreak. I hope and pray that we keep the promise through our prayerful life to reclaim the beauty of life as entrusted to us by God.

Archbishop Hovnan Derderian