No plans to reinstate Sunday obligation in Ireland currently – The Irish Catholic

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Corresponding with this newspaper, Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan confirmed that the bishops had decided to postpone discussion on this issue “for the time being” due to the current coronavirus infection rate.

No plans to reinstate Sunday obligation in Ireland currently – The Irish Catholic
No plans to reinstate Sunday obligation in Ireland currently

There are currently no plans in place to reinstate the Sunday obligation across the island of Ireland with a bishop citing a “still high infection rate” as the reason.

The Irish Catholic understands that, as of the time of writing, the move is considered to be premature in light of the present Covid-19 situation.

Corresponding with this newspaper, Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan confirmed that the bishops had decided to postpone discussion on this issue “for the time being” due to the current coronavirus infection rate.

This is despite the widespread re-opening of many sectors of society, with the majority of restrictions being dropped on both indoor and outdoor activities.

Health officials have also largely deemed public worship to be safe at present with the current sanitary precautions in place.

As of the time of writing however, this paper also understands that the bishops intend to meet in coming weeks, “when things improve”, to reconsider the issue of the reinstatement of the Sunday obligation.

This comes following the decision by neighbouring Scotland to reinstate the Sunday obligation come March 6, with the bishops of Scotland saying that come March 6, Catholics will be expected to attend Sunday Mass.

Easing

“Given the easing of restrictions in every other walk of life, the Church looks forward to welcoming Catholics back to Holy Mass,” Bishop of Aberdeen Hugh Gilbert said.

However, they maintain that the Sunday obligation will not apply to those who “are sick and their carers or to those aware of their greater vulnerability to the virus”.

The Irish Catholic received no response to its question put to a number of bishops via email as to whether the continued postponement of the reinstatement of the Sunday obligation might diminish its value in the public’s eyes.

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