Access to the Eucharist is one of the motivating factors for keeping churches open.
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In July, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against the church and refused to issue an order blocking the 50-person cap on religious gatherings. Since July, the makeup of the Supreme Court has shifted.
Three separate Eucharistic processions Sept. 20 began at St. Anthony, St. Patrick, and Star of the Sea parishes, and converged at United Nations Plaza near San Francisco City Hall before proceeding to the cathedral.
Some Catholic moral principles to help illuminate how best to address a pandemic.
The World Health Organization reported that 180 vaccines are currently being developed around the world, many of which are derived from cells from aborted fetuses.
COMMENTARY: In Canada, civil authorities and the Church have collaborated, negotiated and even litigated over pandemic protocols. Yet in the province of Quebec, the Church was being ignored.
Archbishop Cordileone called the city’s restrictions on outdoor Masses “a serious deprivation of our rights as Americans under the First Amendment and our spiritual needs as people of faith.”
Fifty-four percent of essential workers surveyed said they had experienced at least one adverse mental or behavioral health symptom related to COVID-19.
With the death toll from the virus continuing to climb, Church leaders have authorized cremations even though the burial practice is viewed locally as a Hindu custom, not a Christian one.
Attorney General Ken Paxton said local public health ordinances must be consistent with the governor’s orders and the attorney general’s guidance, adding that local governments are “prohibited from closing religious institutions or dictating mitigation strategies to those institutions.”