CNA Staff, Jul 15, 2020 / 07:10 am
Public Masses in Scotland resumed Wednesday with a maximum number of 50 people permitted to attend regardless of church size.
The Scottish Government permitted public Masses to begin again from July 15, 118 days after they were suspended on March 19 and 11 days after they resumed over the border in England.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, told CNA that the 50-person limit would be “irksome for larger churches” but was subject to review.
“It is to be reviewed, I think, at the end of this month. It is certainly a limitation for larger churches,” he said.
The 50-person restriction applies to services at all places of worship, including synagogues and mosques.
Gilbert said Wednesday that Scotland’s Catholics were returning from “a long time in the wilderness.”
“The feeling is a positive one, very much so,” he said.
He noted that while public liturgies were suspended, priests had continued to celebrate Mass without congregations and that thousands of Catholics had followed online via livestreams. But, he said, there was “a weariness that this has gone on and on.”