Tuesday, 24 November, 2020

The French Interior minister announces the suspension of all public religious celebrations.

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Paris – France (October 29, 2020 5:15 pm Gaudium Press)French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced that religious celebrations could no longer be held as of November 2, Le Figaro reported. The announcement took place during a videoconference with religious representatives of churches in France – held late Wednesday afternoon, October 28.

The measures to be taken by the government should be identical to those adopted during the first confinement last spring. The measures imply that worship places may be open for personal prayers, but celebrations should be held behind closed doors.

The government has not yet clarified details about weddings and funerals. However, a press conference is scheduled for this Thursday, October 29, when these points will be addressed and clarified. It is assumed that the new restrictions will consider the number of people authorized to participate in these ceremonies.

Cemeteries will be open; All Saints Day Masses will be kept

As already announced by President Emmanuel Macron in his televised speech, the cemeteries will remain open on All Saints Day to “honor our dead,” and religious celebrations will be held normally.

For his part, the minister of the interior, Gérald Darmanin, stated that the suspension of public celebrations would only take place after this weekend, so they will not take place before Monday, November 2.

Bishops’ Conference asks French to participate in public celebrations in memory of the dead

On October 27, the President of the Conference of Bishops of France, Most Rev. Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, Archbishop of Reims, asked the Head of State to authorize the French to go to the cemeteries to participate in a religious celebration in memory of their deceased.

The request was heard by the executive, as well as the request for the continuation of the activities of chaplaincies in hospitals and prisons; this was not the case regarding the maintenance of public worship.

In his letter to the President of the Republic, the Archbishop of Reims emphasized how much “the true discipline of all Catholics in respecting all instructions” was proved on the occasion of the deconfinement.

Freedom of worship has primacy among fundamental freedoms: the government is judging in another way

Jérôme Triomphe, lawyer of one of the applicants who, on May 18, obtained the lifting of the cult ban by the Council of State, informed “Famille Chrétienne” that “there are legal procedures to be followed.”

“If there is a ban on worship as we know it, we will attack,” said the lawyer: “I have already been queried on this [topic].” The “Council of State,” continued Jérôme Triomphe, “solemnly noted under this ordinance of May 18 that freedom of worship has a particular primacy over other fundamental freedoms. However, the government, for the time being, has judged differently.” (JSG)


(With information and photo “Famille Chrétienne”)

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