Dr. Anthony Fauci is now telling Christians that they must wear masks, practicing social distancing, give up singing, and receiving communion during services to stop the coronavirus.
Fauci gave an interview the Jesuit-run America magazine Fauci claimed churches should, “limit the number of people, so that you don’t have people in the pews right next to each other,” and the faithful should “absolutely” wear masks.
Fauci who claims to be a Jesuit-educated Catholic has distanced himself from “the concept of organized churches.” Believing that it’s just too risky to practice the faith corporately.
“As many times as a priest can wash his hands, he gets to Communion, he puts it in somebody’s hand, they put it in their mouth,” he said, “it’s that kind of close interaction that you don’t want when you’re in the middle of a deadly outbreak.”
Fauci said he thinks that religious practice should vary from place to place, according to the intensity and extent of infections.
“It depends on where you are,” he said. “If you are in a region, a city, a county, where there is a significant amount of infection, I think with distributing Communion, I think that would be risky. I’m telling you that as a Catholic, it would be risky.”
States with democrat governors have clashed with religious and civil liberty leaders when it comes to practicing Christianity.
Most recently, in Minnesota Catholic Bishops and Lutheran leaders announced that public worship would begin on May 26 in defiance of Governor Walz’s stay at home order. Religious leaders were furious that Walz’s easing of the lockdown allowed retail sales but did not allow churches to resume some form of public worship.
Walz has publicly said he does not believe churches should be considered “essential,” countering an executive order issued by President Trump.
“I think the case that the president is making and that may be up for debate in this country of deeming houses of worship essential, essential services and that’s one that we take into consideration,” said during an hour-long press briefing.