After the reopening plan was announced last week, Bishop Burbidge said parishes in the diocese could resume public Masses depending “on proper social distancing and the ability of parish clergy and staff to safely accommodate parishioners.”
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At the Palm Sunday service, a police officer entered the church and told attendees they were in violation of the governor’s order, threatening arrest for attendees who violated the order in the future.
Pastor Kevin Wilson of Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Chincoteague, Virginia, faces up to one year in prison or up to $2,500 in fines for violating the state’s Stay at Home order.
The review, which is already underway, includes all priests and deacons who have served or are currently serving in the diocese.
Gov. McAuliffe’s ‘pride in protecting an organization that destroys life and harms women and their families deeply offensive,’ said a statement from the Virginia Catholic Conference Feb. 21.
'More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage, and despite recent statements from the campaign trail, the Catholic Church’s 2,000-year-old teaching to the truth about what constitutes marriage remains unchanged and resolute,' Bishop Francis DiLorenzo said Sept. 13.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe cited concern for same-sex couples and the interests of business leaders among reasons for rejecting new religious freedom protections.