by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
It’s not total victory against the arbitrary, prejudiced, irrational, unjust, bigoted persecution of the Catholics of Italy, but its a step back to normality: the Italian Ministry of the Interior in an official explanation of the Health Decrees against Coronavirus spread, has affirmed the following:
- Catholics can visit the local church or Parish to pray if they are on their way to work or to buy groceries or a newspaper or are engaged in necessary exercise or are walking their dog or must visit someone who cannot care for himself.
- Ceremonies such as Weddings which do not require the violation of the prescribed social-distancing of 1 meter are permitted.
- Holy Week Services can be transmitted from Churches where the minimum number of clergy and assistants are present.
Of course, this is merely throwing crumbs to the peasants, but Catholics now have permission to show their faith without fear and if they do so in numbers, it will soon be impossible for the Ministry of the Interior to sustain the crackdown on Christianity that they have perpetrated with malice and total incompetence of the power of the Risen Lord to care for his own.
The official newspaper of the Italian Bishop’s Conference is claiming that the new provisions are the fruit of the dialogue of their Secretary with Prime Minister’s Office and the Minister of the Interior.
If so, then, the Secretary should be sacked, in my opinion, because he has conceded the principles and all the chief points.
However, this decision of the Italian Ministry of the Interior is a precedent to cite in the rest of the world to those governmental authorities and Church leaders who have totally closed the Churches.
CREDITS: The Featured Image is a screenshot of the webpage of Avvenire, cited in the article.
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