Scotland’s Roman Catholic bishops have welcomed the recent announcement by the First Minister forecasting a return to churches for the most important celebration of the liturgical year at Easter.
“The opening of churches is a sign that the sacrifices endured so far are bearing fruit and gives us hope and encouragement to persevere,” they said in a statement. “We pray that the Risen Christ, for whom we long during this holy season of Lent, will bless and bring healing to our nation.”
However, the Bishops said: “We anticipate ongoing dialogue with the Scottish Government regarding the requirement of a numerical cap on the number of worshippers.
“As we continue to observe social distancing and the protocols on infection control and hygiene formulated by the Bishops’ Conference … we maintain that it would be more appropriate for each church building to accommodate a congregation in proportion to its size rather than on the basis of an imposed number.”
• Full story at the Scottish Catholic Media Office.