Cape Town, 12 September, 2020 / 9:27 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has advised couples to consider deferring the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
“The best is to defer marriages until it is safe to celebrate the Sacrament with greater freedom and with greater festivity,” the Auxiliary Bishop of Cape Town Archdiocese, Sylvester David has said in a statement issued Thursday, September 10.
In the event that a couple is unable to wait until conditions become more favorable, Bishop David says, “a marriage may be celebrated with no more than the couple, the witnesses and the immediate family members of the couple in attendance.”
“Every precaution must be taken to ensure that persons with co-morbidities are not invited,” Bishop David, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) cautions in the statement dated September 8.
While the South African government allows for a maximum number of 50 people for such a ceremony, the 67-year-old Prelate says the leadership of the Archdiocese has found it necessary to restrict the numbers to not more than 25 people or even less.