We all miss the congregation of the faithful. This is not how I like to exercise my ministry as a pastor. However, I am very surprised by the reaction of my Catholic brothers. How can priests and bishops blame the government for being cautious about post-confinement? Is not the Word of our Lord preached in our Churches through all the wealth of the Internet? Isn’t it time to remember the testimonies we heard during the Synod on the Amazon, with parishes that could not commune for a whole year, for lack of priests? Yes, our religion is embodied, but let’s look at how the apostle Paul in prison preached the good news and that, through him, the Churches were built? Confinement is a challenge, and our speech is relayed by a Word much greater than us. So let us remain patient and calm and be in communion with each other, in obedience to what is recommended to us. May the respect that we owe each other be indicative of the respect for our most important command, “We love one another”.
Laurence Berlot, pastor united protestant church of France