Rome Newsroom, Oct 30, 2020 / 11:01 am
Irish bishops met with the prime minister this week to petition the government to lift the current coronavirus restrictions on public worship as soon as possible.
"We have been doing everything possible to keep our church buildings safe, and there is no evidence that the church buildings and church worship have actually been a source of contagion or spreading the infection, so I have to say that I was disappointed and I said that to the Taoiseach," Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh said in a radio interview Oct. 30, after the meeting.
Public worship has been suspended in the Republic of Ireland since Oct. 7 due to an Irish government decree that placed the entire country under "Level 3" restrictions as a result of an increase in coronavirus cases. It is the second time that public Masses in Ireland have been suspended this year.
Archbishop Martin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly of Cashel and Emly, and Bishop Dermot Farrell of Ossory met with Taoiseach Micheál Martin Oct. 28 to express their "great desire to return to worship as soon as possible."