- Sep 20, 2020
While Catholics in Italy are enthusiastic about finally being able to attend Mass after a two months hiatus due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, there are several other areas of ecclesial life that are still on hold.
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.
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.
On Monday the Italian bishops criticized the government’s omission of a date to restart public Masses in its new week-by-week plan for the return to normal life after the coronavirus, threatening to act autonomously.
Father Ivan Maffeis, spokesman for the Italian bishops’ conference, has said officials Friday met with representatives of the Italian Interior Ministry to discuss the gradual return to a normal
sacramental life, with specific regard to Mass and funerals, though no date has been projected.
Administering the sacrament of reconciliation via cellphone is impermissible under church teaching, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship.