Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests on COVID-19



Fri 13thMarch 2020

Given the ongoing Covid-19 situation the Association of Catholic Priests supports the measures taken in relation to this unprecedented crisis facing the country that “all Masses with congregations in parishes in the Archdiocese of Tuam should be cancelled.” (Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary)

The ACP also understands that many other dioceses are following suit.

Congregations should consult their parish website about cancelled Masses. Webcams are available on these websites:

Catholics reverence the sanctity of life and these measures are aimed at protecting lives. We also have a duty to ensure that nobody, especially the elderly, feels isolated, frightened or forgotten.

These pastoral decisions, discerned in the midst of complicated times, are designed to help save lives.

The ACP and its members will continue to pray for a return to health for those who are affected, healthcare staff and all in leadership positions. We also commend to God those who have died.

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