Cardinal Sarah’s letter made some concrete suggestions for the resumption of Mass amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is expected to continue to spread in the United States in the fall and winter months, with some models predicting a doubling of the death count by the end of 2020.
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“Jesus cannot be treated like this,” says the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
BOOK PICK: From the Depths of Our Hearts
Cardinal Robert Sarah stressed that, despite whatever restrictions that might be in place, “nobody, absolutely nobody, can prevent you from turning to God and asking for his help at this time of great trial.”
In an exclusive English-language interview, the African cardinal discusses his new book, the status of the Catholic priesthood, and addresses those who say he opposes Pope Francis.
UPDATED: The book, entitled From the Depths of Our Hearts, addresses the ‘dark time’ the Catholic priesthood is enduring because of Church scandals and ‘the constant questioning of their consecrated celibacy.’
BOOK PICK: Reading the cardinal’s The Day Is Now Far Spent, one has the sense of encountering an Old Testament prophet.
Cardinal Sarah called the proposal of combating priest shortages in the Amazon by ordaining married, respected men ‘theologically absurd.’
Exclusive interview with the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
COMMENTARY: As we embark on the Holy Triduum, the examples of an unknown religious brother and a French law enforcement officer have much to teach us.