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By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant, June 26, 2020

Says offering sacraments is ‘adolescent’

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Pope Francis is calling priests “adolescents” for offering the sacraments during pandemic-related lockdown.

The pontiff commented from Sala Clementia of the Apostolic Palace on Saturday while addressing health care personnel from Italy’s Lombardy region, hit particularly hard by the Wuhan virus. 

Speaking of clerics trying to administer the sacraments during lockdown measures, Francis said, “This priestly creativity has scored some ‘adolescent’ expressions against the [lockdown] measures of authorities who have an obligation to safeguard people’s health.”

He added that the majority of priests, however, have been “obedient and creative … ” saying these compliant priests were “fathers” and not “teenagers.” …

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