Canadian bishop again bans Mass, baptisms, confessions, confirmations | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Canadian bishop again bans Mass, baptisms, confessions, confirmations

Following the recently announced lockdowns in the province of Ontario, Bishop Ronald Fabbro has once again decided to impose a near-complete ban on baptisms and confessions, with exceptions only being granted in “danger of death,” and if a priest decides that there is “a serious need.”

Bishop Fabbro, of the Diocese of London, made the announcement in a press release issued April 17, curtailing nearly the entire public life of the Church in his diocese.

“Baptisms should be discouraged until the lock-down ends, but may be celebrated in danger of death,” he wrote.

A similar restriction was placed by the bishop upon the sacrament of confession, although with somewhat of a greater concession as to when the sacrament could be administered: “Confessions should be discouraged until the lock-down ends, but may be celebrated if the pastor determines a serious need; to be determined on a case-by-case basis; to be celebrated only by appointment.”

There was no guidance as to how a priest would determine whether a “serious need” existed.

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