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Clergy and SARS
|Posted By: Alex Nelson on September 4, 2003|
|It appears to me that you assume that the priest is acting only in self interest by introducing some practices to restruct the transfer of the virus. I would think that the priest does have a right to protect himself; he has also a responsibility to avoid being a carrier of the disease. What if you are the person in a Holy Communion line who receives the host after a carrier of the virus? Would you not be indignant if it turned out that you became infected through saliva from the preceding person's mouth?|
In Australia, receiving Communion in the hand is the more regular practice. Reconciliation within the Mass is not regular, but in critical circumstances it seems sensible.