- May 24, 2020
Although when public liturgies may resume in the Vatican remains unclear, the church in Italy, anyway, is going back to business – but it’s likely to be far from business as usual.
If early returns are any indication, the way in which the Mass ban is lifted may turn out to be just as controversial, and just as messy, as imposing it in the first place.
In Italy potential dates for restarting public liturgies have emerged, however, they are not set in stone, and a recent moment of tension between the Italian bishops and the government that Pope Francis intervened in has left many wondering just how unified the Vatican and the bishops’ approach to the coronavirus is.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte got a badly needed favor Tuesday morning, as the pontiff essentially hit the off switch on mounting Catholic resistance to the PM’s program for recovery by calling for “prudence and obedience.”
One day after the Italian Prime Minister declined to offer a date for restarting public Masses in his “phase 2” plan for lifting of the country’s COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions, with some advisers saying it might not happen until the end of the month, one church official in Milan said faithful want Mass now.