President Trump calls for churches to reopen, will overrule Governors who don't reopen them

Minnesota Catholic churches plan to defy Gov. Walz's order to stay under 10 people

WCCO Radio Newsroom
May 22, 2020 - 1:18 pm
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In a briefing on Friday, President Trump says he expects churches all over America to be open, no matter what orders state Governors have put in place. 

The President says that he will overrule any Governor that says churches should remain closed or to a low capacity, which includes Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz introduced his new stay safe order which would keep churches to a limit of 10 people. Trump says that America "needs more prayer, not less."

"Some governors have deemed liquor stores & abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches, it's not right," says President Trump. "So I am correcting this injustice & am calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow churches & places of worship to open right now"

The Minnesota Catholic Conference has previously announced plans to defy Governor Walz's order and hold mass this weekend. They say that they have safety standards that they will follow according to Archbishop Bernard Hebda

"We have limited attendance to 1/3 the capacity of the church," said Hebda.  "We'll probably be every third pew.  Each person will be separated by six feet if you're not part of the same household.  We're very attentive to what we're hearing from the Department of Health.  They've discouraged public congregational singing, so we'll keep that to a minimum.  We'll also make sure our mass is done expeditiously, it won't be a prolonged experience.  The essentials will be there.  When it comes to communion, we'll have to take some special precautions as well.  We're grateful for collaboration with the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, making sure we're acting responsibly.  We want to make sure we're not taking any unnecessary risks."  

The Archbishop told The Morning News with Dave Lee that he hasn't been happy with Governor Walz's approach to faith-based organizations.

"As we were listening to the Governor speak, we were really discouraged that there wasn't a greater appreciation that faith-based organizations can play in a crisis like this," said Hebda. "We all have very real experiences with the very real nature of the coronavirus epidemic, so we aren't denying that at all.  But we haven't been able to have mass for 8 weeks.  It's really had an impact on our faithful.

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