Here are two approaches in the Coronavirus age:
With an unprecedented Holy Week coming into focus, US church’s 3rd largest diocese – 2.3 million-member ArchChicago – releases its protocols; Card Cupich & auxiliaries to livestream rites from empty Cathedral; among other stipulations, no distributions of palm may be held:
From Cardinal Nichols of England:
In terms of the major question of these days – namely, how to keep being Church amid a pandemic and all its uncertain anxiety – Card Nichols had some useful pointers for priests/parishes yesterday in addressing the clergy of England and Wales:
Like most progressives, Cardinal Cupich is very dogmatic and authoritarian in his decree and seems to lack in pastoral sensitivities. I know, I know, he wants to be like a doctor of the body rather than one of the soul. But his approach is rigid and will keep the Church in Chicago sterile.
Cardinal Nichols on the other hand has a schizophrenic approach. Keep the Church open, priests be visible, keep social distancing. But he says don’t celebrate the Mass, but be there in visible prayer, expose the Blessed Sacrament. That’s all very good, but why in the name of God and all that is holy, can’t the priest say Mass and simply not give Holy Communion, but rather as an extension of the Mass after the Prayer after Holy Communion offer Benediction. The Church is open after all. It makes no sense to me.
What to do; what to do; O what is a priest to do????????????????????????