Coronavirus, Church and

Justice Department says San Francisco worship restrictions ‘draconian’

CNA Staff, Sep 28, 2020- The U.S. Department of Justice on Sept. 25 warned San Francisco officials that current restrictions on public worship in the city may be unconstitutional, drawing praise from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. “Catholics in San Francisco have been patiently suffering... read more

Archbishop Cordileone: San Francisco Mass restrictions ‘mocking God’

By Nicholas Wolfram Smith, Catholic San Francisco, September 21, 2020 More than a thousand Catholics from around the Bay Area gathered Sunday morning in San Francisco for a eucharistic procession to protest the city’s restrictions on religious gatherings. Led by Archbishop Salvatore J.... read more

Bishop Paprocki: Catholic Church Can Provide a Clear Path for COVID-19 Response

Catholic principles of ordinary and extraordinary means of preserving life can aid society’s approach to pandemic, the Illinois bishop says in a recent essay. By Judy Roberts, September 18, 2020 As the coronavirus shutdowns stretched into months, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield,... read more

Dane County health officials cannot prohibit private schools from holding in-person classes until the state Supreme Court makes a formal decision on the matter.

By Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 10, 2020 In a 4-3 ruling Thursday, the court issued an injunction temporarily blocking a Dane County emergency health order that sharply limited in-person instruction and agreed to hear the case. Three petitioners asked the Supreme... read more

“Virtual” Mass never substitutes in-person participation

In a Letter to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences, the Congregation for Divine Worship affirms the necessity of a return to the normality of Christian life, where the health care crisis permits, saying that assisting at a virtual Mass cannot be compared to the physical presence of the... read more

Bishop David L. Ricken reinstates obligation to attend Sunday Mass

Archdiocese of Green Bay, September. 10, 2020 Bishop David L. Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay announced this week the reinstatement of the Sunday Mass obligation effect the weekend of September 19-20. Lifting of the dispensation was announced in a decree issued by Bishop Ricken on Monday,... read more

Wisconsin bishops to announce this month the end of dispensation from Sunday Mass

By the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, September 3, 2020 In March, as communities responded to the growing coronavirus outbreak, the bishops of Wisconsin's five Roman Catholic dioceses each granted a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. As the outbreak grew into a pandemic,... read more
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg

Cardinal: Pandemic may have accelerated secularization of Europe by 10 years

Catholic News Agency Staff, September 4, 2020 A cardinal has suggested that the coronavirus pandemic may have accelerated the secularization of Europe by 10 years. In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano Sept. 2, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich said he believed that the number of Catholics... read more

The Lockdown Has Gone From a Mistake to a Crime

By Dennis Prager Four months ago, I wrote a column titled "The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History." I explained that "'mistake' and 'evil' are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made... read more

Court halts Education Department’s rule for pandemic relief money to private schools

CNA Staff, August 29, 2020- A federal judge has blocked a rule by the Department of Education for allocating pandemic relief money to private schools. U.S. District Judge James Donato in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction against the rule Thursday. He said the Education Department... read more

Evidence-Based Guidelines to Celebrate Mass Safely Are Working

By Thomas W. McGovern, Deacon Timothy Flanigan & Paul Cieslak, RealClear Science, August 19, 2020 Catholic churches across the country have been open for up to four months since shelter-in-place orders were lifted. With approximately 17,000 parishes in America typically holding three or... read more