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Overview of information on dealing with the coronavirus in the diocese of Münster

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Statement from the diocese of Münster from December 16:

Church services provide comfort, hope, and confidence
The diocese of Münster adheres to the presence of church services

On December 15th, the Evangelical Church of Westphalia recommended that its parishes refrain from attendance at church services until January 10th. The diocese of Münster takes the following position:

We respect the recommendation of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia. Other Protestant regional churches, on the other hand, stick to the celebration of face-to-face worship services. We also do that in the diocese of Münster. We would not make a decision in the diocese of Münster that - in all probability and plausibility - could lead to an increase in the incidence of infections.

We therefore also base our approach on what science says. The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina already emphasized last week: “The two large churches are among the institutions that are particularly compliant with the rules with regard to compliance with corona-related distance and hygiene requirements.” The infection rate has continued to worsen since then. But the services - especially at Christmas - are taking place under even more stringent conditions. In addition to the more pointed state requirements - for example, congregational singing is fundamentally prohibited - those responsible on site have developed very responsible concepts: In many parishes there is a significantly higher and more diverse number of church services with clearly limited numbers of participants, there are registration systems, there are services celebrated outdoors and for those who, for whatever reason, cannot or do not want to celebrate the service on site, there are service broadcasts on the Internet. In addition, the distance and hygiene rules must of course be observed in the church services. All these measures show that it is a central goal for us and for all those responsible in the parishes in our diocese to protect the health of the people. Nobody acts negligently here.

In the general public, however, many people view the decision to attend church services very critically. It is overlooked that especially at this time, church services are an important sign of solidarity, consolation, help and security for the people who celebrate them. Church services can give people support and strength. In spring, the churches were criticized from many sides during the first lockdown because they voluntarily refrained from attendance at church services: “Where was the church? Where did she give people support? ”We took this criticism to heart and would like to give people, for whom this is very central, the opportunity - under, as I said, very strict framework conditions - support, consolation and confidence in the celebration of church services to find.