An Upside-Down World in the Archdiocese of Miami

While Florida’s governor deems religious events as “essential services,” Archbishop Wenski urges priests to refrain from ‘drive through’ Confessions and Palms.

Despite the fact that the governor of Florida’s recent “stay-at-home” order due to the coronavirus pandemic deems religious services as “essential activities” and permits public participation as long as “social distancing guidelines” are followed, the archbishop of Miami continues to forbid any sort of parish “drive through” services.

After Florida governor Ron DeSantis issued a 32-page executive order on April 1 allowing leeway for religious services to be offered at “churches, synagogues, and houses of worship,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski wrote to both clergy and laity laying out more stringent restrictions than those required by the state government.

“Archbishop Thomas Wenski has urged archdiocesan priests to refrain from offering ‘drive through’ palms, confessions or holy Communion or ‘any similar type of activity’ that would encourage people to leave their homes for at least the next two weeks,” according to a statement published by the Archdiocese of Miami.

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