For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
BALTIMORE, MD, May 27 – As the religious community and local, state and federal government officials proceed in the gradual reopening of various activities, including religious services, there will inevitably be differing views on challenging issues that must be addressed.
For the Catholic community, the reception of Communion is central to faith lives and to our public worship. The Archdiocese of Baltimore has developed thorough and carefully thought-out guidelines for resuming public Masses, including detailed guidance on the safe distribution of Communion. These guidelines respect both the sanctity of the Sacrament and the need for abundant caution to protect the health and safety of both those receiving and distributing Communion.
Since learning of the concerns of Howard County officials, we have shared our guidelines for the distribution of Communion and express our own serious concerns about their recent guidance preventing Catholic churches in Howard County from distributing Communion.
While we recognize and value the urgent desire to guard the health and safety of local communities that is guiding the decisions of our government leaders, we are committed to engaging in dialogue with them to work together towards a policy going forward that balances the need for free expression of religious faith and the public’s health and safety interests.
Mary Ellen Russell