Statement on Reopening of Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Baltimore

For Immediate Release
Friday, May 22, 2020

BALTIMORE, MD, May 22 – As has been previously announced, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has issued guidance for the reopening of Catholic parishes for public Masses, which will be permitted the weekend of May 30/31 in local jurisdictions that are allowing religious gatherings of more than 10 people and as parishes are able to implement the necessary precautions to mitigate the risk of infection.

The guidance is informed by Church doctrine, expert medical advice, and federal, state and local recommendations for maintaining public safety and preventing community contagion of the COVID-19 virus. We are grateful to the many government leaders at all levels who have consulted the advice of the religious community during these very difficult times in order to appropriately respect religious freedoms while ensuring the safety of religious congregations and the greater community.

As with so many aspects of decision-making in the midst of these unchartered challenges, there are extraordinarily complex considerations that must be balanced, including religious and personal freedom; economic stability; and the impact of the pandemic on the physical, mental, and social health of our communities. Consistent with one of the most foundational principals of our faith, we will continue to give first priority to the protection of the sacredness of life as we strive to minister to the spiritual needs of the faithful.

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Archdiocese of Baltimore