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Wed Apr 1, 2020, 10:17 PM

Defying Florida Governor, Miami Archbishop says there will be no Easter Masses

*DeSantis is such an irresponsible jerk that even priests are rebelling against him....


(Miami Herald) A few hours after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told people they could congregate at houses of worship, which he exempted from his mandatory stay-at-home order, the Archbishop of Miami on Wednesday strongly told his priests not to conduct any in-person services, including Easter Masses, over the next two weeks.

“It is not prudent for parishes to plan any activity that would encourage people to leave their homes,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski wrote in a statement. “Therefore, parishes are not to offer ‘drive-through’ palms, confessions or Holy Communion or any similar type of activity.”

Last weekend, St. Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables offered drive-thru confessions to its parishioners.

“These next two weeks, our health professionals tell us will be very critical — with more people becoming infected and more deaths,” Wenski wrote. “Because many people who are infected may not have any symptoms, the best way to mitigate risk is to practice social isolation and, if one has symptoms or has possibly been exposed, or has an underlying health problem, to self-quarantine.”

Wenski, the leader of the state’s biggest Catholic diocese, said parishes should still respond to calls from parishioners and respond to emergencies, including visiting sick people in hospitals. He added, however, that clergy should take precautions and do so only if permitted by the hospital.

He urged pastors to continue live-streaming Masses and other services during Holy Week, which begins Sunday with Palm Sunday and continues through Holy Thursday and Good Friday leading up to Easter Sunday, which is April 12.

He suggested that on Palm Sunday, parishioners place a palm frond on their door as “most yards in South Florida have some type of palm in them.”

Earlier Wednesday, DeSantis, after resisting for weeks, announced he would sign an executive order limiting activity in Florida to essential services for the next 30 days to try to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The order will go into effect Thursday night at 12:01 on Friday, April 3, and expires on April 30.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article241695281.html

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FM123 Apr 2020 OP
The Magistrate Apr 2020 #1
Talitha Apr 2020 #2
Hassler Apr 2020 #3
Withywindle Apr 2020 #4
SoCalDem Apr 2020 #5

Response to FM123 (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 10:51 PM

1. Good For The Archbishop, Ma'am

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 10:59 PM

2. Kudos to the Archbishop!!!

At least someone down there has brains.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 01:28 AM

3. In Oregon we've had cancelled mass for three weeks.


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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 01:51 AM

4. If Saudi Arabia can cancel or postpone the Hajj

which I've read they might do, then Catholics can hold off on Mass for a while!

I know Judaism and Islam both have tenets that if performing religious rites like fasting or pilgrimages are dangerous to health and life, it's OK to not do them. Lives come first.

So many Christians seem desperate to feel like they're martyrs.

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Response to Withywindle (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 04:32 AM

5. Hey..megachurch hucksters' planes are not free

they got bills to pay

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