Is the CDC creating Mass hysteria? They warn that the coronavirus could spread in the USA.
Those with no scruples when it comes to the common chalice as a threat to the public health will bitterly complain about the "sky is falling" approach of the CDC.
What happens to our parishes, especially those with big bills to pay, if no one attends Mass out of Mass hysteria?
In December, out of an abundance of caution, due to the flu epidemic in Georgia, I eliminated the common chalice. Our Cathedral has followed suit.
I doubt that I will implement again the common chalice as it is such a danger to public health.
But what further things should parishes be doing?
Our non-existent liturgy office, of course, is no help in the Diocese of Savannah. In fact, they haven't even notified priests of the new and improved funeral or baptismal ritual which becomes mandatory very soon, but who knows when, since we haven't be told by our liturgical commission.
And if the coronavisus is going to be as bad as the chicken little CDC says, we may need this ritual!