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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.

Alex Nelson
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