“Christ Does Not Spread Disease” – Roman Catholic Archbishop Andrzej Dzięga of Poland is encouraging Catholics to keep going to church and keep taking communion despite the dangerous health risks.
In a letter responding to public warnings about the dangers of coronavirus, the archbishop contradicted all medical and scientific advice by encouraging Catholics to go to mass, take communion, and drink holy water.
In the letter the archbishop said:
The tempter knows perfectly well how to patiently weaken our closeness and unity with the Lord. He often starts with small matters. You have to tell him: go away, Satan. Satan is helpless against such expressive and explicit human testimony of faith. He’s terrified of it. It is not without reason that someone is afraid of something, like the devil of holy water. (…) Do not be afraid to reach for holy water with faith. Do not be afraid of the temple. Do not be afraid of the Church… Christ does not spread disease.
The archbishop’s claim is irresponsible, but not surprising. Recently, in a disastrous public health move, the Greek Orthodox Church also issued an official statement declaring that the coronavirus is not transmitted via communion.
In a statement, The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece declared:
For the members of the Church, attending Eucharist and Communion through the common glass of life certainly cannot be a cause of disease transmission.
That’s right, church officials are claiming that sharing wine from a common spoon does not have the potential to transmit the coronavirus.
In addition, Bishop Chrysostomos of Patras also denied that communion could spread disease, claiming:
Whoever believes that holy communion is life has nothing to fear, it’s a matter of faith. Across the centuries, there is no case of sickness spreading through Holy Communion.
The stupid, it burns. And Kills.
Bottom line: Roman Catholic Archbishop Andrzej Dzięga of Poland is encouraging Catholics to keep going to church and keep taking communion despite the dangerous health risks because “Christ does not spread disease.”