Durban, 03 June, 2020 / 3:21 am (ACI Africa).
Days after the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa announced the possible resumption of public worship beginning June 1, a move the Catholic Bishops in the country supported, the Archbishop of Durban and the Bishop of Klerksdorp diocese have decided to postpone the reopening of the places of worship in their respective jurisdictions to allow for adequate preparations, including awareness workshops for Priests.
“We are looking at when we have had the (COVID-19) training, when we have the (preventive) measures in place and we are flattening the curve, that’s when we can consider opening Churches,” the Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Cardinal Napier said at the end of Pentecost Sunday Mass that was streamed live on social media.
He added, “I know it’s going to be a difficult one for many of you to accept but it’s your safety, the safety of your children and most important of all, your grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, the elderly; those who are most vulnerable.”
Considering that the various precautionary measures required “will need a lot of planning and logistics, what happens if someone turns up and they have a high temperature? Are we then bound to call an ambulance and take responsibility for their care or what do we do?” the 79-year-old Cardinal probed May 31.
“At the moment, it’s looking like a task only very few parishes will be able to accomplish safely and that would be parishes that are very well resourced,” Cardinal Wilfrid noted and probed, “What about the parishes that do not have the resources; is it fair to say they will open, they can open and then they are going to be the first ones to suffer should something happens?”