- Sep 24, 2020
Cardinal Robert Sarah wrote that although the Catholic Church should cooperate with civil authorities and adopt protocols to protect the safety of the faithful, “liturgical norms are not matters on which civil authorities can legislate, but only the competent ecclesiastical authorities.”
On Saturday the Vatican announced that the Virgin Mary would receive three new titles to be added to the Catholic Church’s traditional “Litany of Mary,” including one dealing specifically with migrants.
It’s worth pondering whether ordinary human dynamics actually are the best lens through which to view a crossfire between two prominent conservative Catholic prelates over a coronavirus petition.
A petition signed by some conservative Catholics claiming the coronavirus is an overhyped “pretext” to deprive the faithful of Mass and impose a new world order has run into a bit of a hitch.
One solutions reportedly being considered is a “take-away” communion, because distribution of the Eucharist is considered to have a “high contagion risk.” Hosts would be placed in plastic bags to be consecrated by priests and left on shelves for people to take.
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has approved a special “Mass in the Time of Pandemic” to plead for God’s mercy and gift of strength in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.