Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 27, 2020 / 17:02 pm
The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it has "serious concerns" about public health guidance from Howard County, Maryland, which prohibits the reception of Communion as a condition for churches to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.
"For the Catholic community, the reception of Communion is central to our faith lives and to our public worship," said a statement from the archdiocese, released to CNA on Wednesday.
"Since learning of the concerns of Howard County officials, we have shared our guidelines for the distribution of Communion and express our own serious concerns about their recent guidance preventing Catholic churches in Howard County from distributing Communion."
Howard County's Executive Order #2020-09, published on May 26, outlines the conditions and regulations that must be met for non-essential businesses--which in Maryland includes churches and other houses of worship--to resume operations. The order was released by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball.