Public worship versus public health

Last weekend for Easter, some of my family ventured inside a church for the first time since COVID-19 hit Arizona. I remained home, huddled up with a headache and chills, courtesy of my Good Friday dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

As my husband reached the front doors, a woman in front of him paused to reach into her purse. She pulled out a mask and said loudly to the man accompanying her, “I better get this on before the Nazis make me put it on.”

Lord have mercy.

The “Nazis” she’s referring to are priests and staff at any Catholic parish in the Diocese of Tucson, all of whom follow the directives of Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger.

On March 27, the bishop reminded Catholics via the online diocesan newspaper that the mask requirement on church grounds remained in effect.

This proclamation irked a small but mighty segment of Catholics who thought Gov. Doug Ducey’s March 25 executive order forbidding local government mask mandates translated to no more masks at church. Continue reading here.

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