New South Wales Labor has joined forces with religious leaders in the outcry of inconsistent restrictions placed on religious observances. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
“The current restrictions are unfair and it’s taking a toll on people of faith,” said NSW Labor Opposition Leader Jodi McKay.
Currently, religious services inside must follow the four square metre rule with up to a maximum of 300 people meaning Catholic churches are still limited to 100-150 people at each Mass.
Outdoor services, however, can cater for 500 people under the two square metre rule if parishioners are assigned a seat. Meanwhile, other venues and events such as sports matches and casinos are exempt from such restrictions in the lead up to Christmas.
“Forty thousand people were allowed to attend the footy grand final and 11,000 attended the Everest horse race but there is still a maximum of 300 people for some of the most important religious gatherings. People are allowed to sing at karaoke bars and concerts but only five people can sing carols in a church. It doesn’t make sense,” Ms McKay said.
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has repeatedly called on the Berejiklian Government to ease the inconsistent restrictions on religious observances.
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