Baltimore archdiocese plans to hold public mass despite no decline in coronavirus cases
President Donald Trump has called for places of worship to reopen.
The Baltimore Archdiocese has given parishes the green light to reopen for public masses just as the White House coronavirus task force team warned that the city where the Roman Catholic See is based, is one of the country's hot spots for the disease.
The decision by Archdiocese, whose parishes serve the city of Baltimore and nine counties in Maryland, comes after the order on Fridayby President Donald Trumpto reopen places of worship across the country.Trump said at the White House on Friday that he would be prepared to"override the governors" in reopening churches, mosques and synagogues, adding that,"in America, we need more prayer, not less."
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore's Cathedral of Mary Our Queen is seen June 23, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Archdiocese says parishes can reopen for public masses from the end of May.BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Getty ImagesMaryland Governor Larry Hogan said that religious facilities in the state could open to the public as long as they did not breach more than 50 percent of their capacity and follow other restrictions.
In a statement, the Archdiocese of Baltimore said masses could start up again from next weekend in those areas where more than 10 people are allowed to gather."The guidance is informed by Church doctrine, expert medical advice, and federal, state and local recommendations for maintaining public safety and preventing community contagion of the COVID-19 virus," it said.
Churches had already reopened on May 15 for private prayer and sacraments such as baptisms, weddings and funerals, as long as there were no more than 10 people present.From May 30, public masses can begin"at the pastor's discretion and where it is permissible to do so based on conditions in the local jurisdiction," the Archdiocese said on its website.
However the move comes as Baltimore was among cities singled out by Dr. Deborah Birx from the White House coronavirus task force as having among the highest levels of the coronavirus in the country. Read more: Newsweek »
Stupid is as stupid does! I think they ought to invite Trump, mask-less and all! They want people to die Dying to meet Jesus 91,000 dead that's not chump change. These are human lives. With all due respect, pay them respect, stay away Are they hoping for a good turn out by the old and disabled? Not too smart! 👎
Bad move, deadly That's nice. Their maker will be very happy to see them. Theirs lots of room in Heaven. Holding political rallies during Mass. tax them Let me get this straight. If it's economic hardship it's okay to cause death unless it's an abortion. It's like all these people who run the Catholic Church are men.
Good we are getting tired of the panic peddling media and their lies. This is exhausting just to think about the consequences. No common sense. God is everywhere. Stay home. Protect your health and the health of others.
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