Social Distancing Not a Threat to Religious Freedom, Says Archbishop Lori

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Currents News Staff

The Mass and Eucharist are a big part of the Catholic faith, but due to the coronavirus crisis, churches have closed, services are being held online and we can’t physically have the sacrament. 

Some priests have been trying to get the sacraments to their parishioners in different ways, such as online confessions.

Other Christians across the country are angry they want to go to church. In fact, in California three church communities are suing the governor there, alleging that social distancing orders violate their First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

Certain areas of the U.S. won’t even allow drive up church services. In Mississippi churchgoers were issued fines for doing so, but many argue churches can practice safe social distancing the same way grocery stores. 

There have been calls on social media for priests to rebel and offer underground Masses, reportedly even in New York.

Archbishop William Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore is a staunch fighter for religious freedom, and joins Currents News to talk about what’s happening at churches across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.