Clergy financial problems began soon after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown in March to slow the spread of COVID-19, which has killed 41,552 people in the U.K. as of Aug. 27.
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Bishop John Sherrington said that the proposals would “leave the U.K. with the most extreme abortion legislation in Europe.”
Catholic churches in England were permitted to reopen for individual, private prayer June 15 and public Masses resumed July 4, with stringent safety measures to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.
The Department of Health and Social Care recorded an increase in the abortion rate for all ages 25 and above in 2019.
Last year the U.K. government required ministers of religion intending to preach in places of worship to obtain expensive “Tier 2” visas.
Under the new law, which came into force May 20, all adults will be regarded as donors unless they have recorded a decision to opt out or belong to one of the excluded groups.
The archbishops emphasized that Church officials were in talks with public health agencies and the government about the reopening of churches, which were closed March 24.
Guidance provided by the bishops’ domestic abuse group encourages pastors to raise the issue of domestic violence during livestreamed Masses and in homilies published on parish websites.
The bishops said they had spoken out in response to those expressing concern about whether they or their loved ones would receive life support at a time of “medical rationing.”
The cathedral, which is livestreaming Masses via the website churchservices.tv, urged supporters to consider helping it “through the dark and challenging weeks ahead,” either by making a one-off donation or by downloading a form from its website and making regular fixed payments to the cathedral via standing orders.