London, England, May 1, 2020 / 04:00 am
The metropolitan archbishops of England and Wales acknowledged the pain of Catholics who cannot receive the sacraments because of the coronavirus lockdown in a message issued Friday.
In the message, entitled "A People who Hope in Christ", published May 1, the archbishops said that while livestreamed Masses nourished faith, they were no substitute for public liturgies.
"None of us would want to be in the situation in which we find ourselves," they wrote. "While the livestreaming of the Mass and other devotions is playing an important part in maintaining the life of faith, there is no substitute for Catholics being able to physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other sacraments."
Writing on behalf of the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, the five archbishops continued: "Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully though 'seeing, touching, and tasting.' We know that every bishop and every priest recognizes the pain of Catholics who, at present, cannot pray in church or receive the sacraments. This weighs heavily on our hearts."