Doing things differently.

Where is the Church of England in the lockdown. some important questions

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Some suggestions for how the Church might have responded to the current pandemic in a way that would be less pastorally distressing.

1) Acknowledge what we have lost.

For me, the most frustrating thing about the Church of England’s initial response to the need for closure of church buildings and the suspension of public worship was that it didn’t acknowledge the loss to the faithful. The abrupt end to in-person gatherings and most particularly to the celebration of the sacraments was an enormous loss, to put it mildly. And it was abrupt: one Sunday we were mourning the withholding of the chalice and discussing the theological doctrine of concomitance, and by Tuesday 17th March, following the Prime Minister’s pre-lockdown advice of social distancing on Monday evening, public worship had been suspended with immediate effect. The Catholic Church in England and Wales, meanwhile, continued with public weekday Mass until…

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