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Georgia bishops: churches to be closed through May

April 24, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: The Catholic bishops of Georgia have announced that parish churches will remain closed, despite a lifting of government restrictions in the state. A statement issued by Archbishop-elect Gregory Hartmayer of Atlanta said that “we are, for the safety of all Georgia residents, not authorizing the return to congregating at churches or making our churches available for devotions. This determination extends through the month of May.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 25, 2020 9:49 AM ET USA

    (1) The new Archbishop is following in boldness the lead of his predecessor. Some of the arguments supporting the decision seem specious to me. (2) A contradiction? "The dispensation from Saturday or Sunday Mass attendance is, of course, still applicable, although Catholics are expected to avail themselves of the virtual Mass each week." Hmm. This expectation (not a recommendation) makes me ask the exact nature of the dispensation. Are the faithful bound to view "the virtual Mass each week"?