Caraveli, Peru, Mar 20, 2020 / 16:48 pm
A Peruvian bishop has rescinded permission for priests of his diocese to hear confessions by telephone, just five days after authorizing them to do so.
Bishop Reinhold Nann of the Diocese of Caravell, Peru said March 15 that priests of his diocese could hear sacramental confessions by telephone, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and obligatory social isolation in Peru. Nann added that no public Masses or religious services could take place in his diocese.
On Friday, however, the bishop announced that the possibility of confessions by telephone "is annulled" in light of Vatican guidance on the subject of confession issued earlier the same day.
That guidance called for "prudent measures to be adopted in the individual celebration of sacramental reconciliation, such as the celebration in a ventilated place outside the confessional, the adoption of a convenient distance, [and] the use of protective masks."