Re: KTW’s editorial of Jan. 13 (‘Health trumps right to worship’) and the same date’s Faith column by John Eggers (‘The angel said unto her, ‘Fear not, Mary’):
In the editorial, the statement is made that “gatherings in churches are known to create a real risk of the spread of COVID-19.”
I respectfully ask for verification of specific incidences of the transmission of the novel coronavirus in church settings.
The editorial further notes that “today’s technology allows the faith community to worship together.”
For Christian denominations, in which the Holy Communion is sacramental and in which the personal receipt of the consecrated elements is a spiritual necessity, today’s technology cannot, in any way, take the place of physically being present.
In the Faith column, we are also encouraged by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms’ plan to cite the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, through a court challenge, in defence of worshippers regaining their ability to attend services in person.
We pray this challenge will be successful so those of us who need (not want) our spiritual food will once again be able to satisfy our hunger and go forth in grace and peace, extending these also to those around us.
Editor’s note: In December, Fraser Health president and CEO Dr. Victoria Lee told Global News: “It is false that transmission has not occurred in places of worship. In fact, we have seen COVID-19 clusters or cases in temples, churches, and prayer gatherings.”