Rome Newsroom, Nov 30, 2020 / 10:00 am
The French Council of State has ruled that a proposed 30-person limit on Masses and other forms of public worship is a "disproportionate" government measure and must be modified by Dec. 2.
The country's Catholic bishops welcomed the decision Nov. 29, saying in a statement that "reason has been recognized."
The bishops' conference had submitted the urgent legal appeal with the administrative court two days prior, declaring that they had "a duty to ensure freedom of worship in our country."
With its ruling, France's highest administrative court gave Prime Minister Jean Castex three days to propose an alternative protocol to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at places of worship.