RTE.ie rte.ie 23 Feb, 2021 09:00 am

Not wise to reopen churches for Easter

Not wise to reopen churches for Easter
The Association of Catholic Priests has said it would be a "premature and potentially detrimental move" to reopen churches for Easter.

The Association of Catholic Priests has said it would be a "premature and potentially detrimental move" to reopen churches for Easter.Speaking to RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Fr Tim Hazelwood of the Association of Catholic Priests said that given the risk of indoor gatherings, the age of many parishioners and the new variants of the virus, it would "not be wise" to reopen churches for mass and a more cautious approach is needed.Fr Hazelwood said that priests have a different opinion to the church leaders based on the science of the virus.At a virtual meeting with the Taoiseach last Friday, the country's four Catholic Archbishops expressed a strong desire to allow people "gather safely for the important ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter".

and when people gather indoors, that's danger time".He said elderly priests have continued to work celebrating funerals and anointing the sick and many priests have themselves got sick from the virus.

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