Asked if he thinks Communion can be distributed safely, Dr. Fauci said “no,” especially in areas still getting the virus under control.
Catholic dioceses throughout the United States are making decisions on their own, resulting in a hodgepodge of procedures and protocols.
Catholic leaders in several states have announced guidelines for resuming public Mass, reports Michael J. O‘Loughlin, but social-distancing practices are not going away any time soon.
Among the more than 80,000 Americans and 5,000 Canadians who have died from Covid-19 are many Catholic priests, sisters and brothers.
”Are we in the sacred enterprise of accompaniment and engagement and dialogue?” the cardinal said. “When you do it, you risk criticism on both sides.”
Sally Blount will lead the agency during a time of economic turmoil that some economists predict could rival the Great Depression.
The cardinal’s appearance on Fox News follows a weekend during which he praised the president on a conference call with Catholic leaders hosted by the White House.
Interviews with physicians, public health experts, priests and diocesan leaders all elicited at least one common refrain: Even when public Masses resume, parish life will not feel normal for a while.
“Some of our individual hospitals are experiencing losses upwards of $1 million to $2 million [per] day, while some of our health systems are reporting revenue losses in the range of $200-$600 million per month.”
Catholic Charities leaders say that while the government relief package signed into law on March 27 by President Trump will help meet some of the initial need, much more action is needed for charities to be able to meet the expected demand.