Bishop Lopes Changes His Indult on the Mass Duty

Bishop Lopes has written: “Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has written to the presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences to remind them of the urgency of encouraging the Faithful to return to in-person Mass. Our faith is sacramental, not notional. The Word became flesh, and gives Himself to us in the Flesh in the Eucharistic sacrifice. This sacramental principle also applies to the Liturgy of the Word, as the liturgical proclamation of the Word is categorically different than reading the scriptures in our private devotional prayer. The circumstances of these last months have been exceptional, certainly. Given the sacramental character of our worship and life, however, we risk great and lasting harm to the Church and to individual souls the longer people stay away from Mass and Confession. Beginning October 1, 2020, I am modifying the commutation of the obligation to attend Mass. As of that date, the commutation applies only to those persons who are at higher risk for the Coronavirus (according to the CDC, those who are 60+ years of age, those with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, COPD, kidney disease, or are immuno-compromised). Persons not in this vulnerable group should be encouraged to return to Mass and the Sacraments.”