Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of the archdiocese of Detroit is making headlines for his efforts to push Catholic parishes and other religious groups to return to normal, pre-COVID worship services.
On Feb. 9, Vigneron issued a statement noting his diocese will remove the dispensation put in place last March excusing Catholics from their Sunday Mass obligation. Attending Mass in-person on the sabbath is part of the third commandment for Christians, and fulfills the words that flow from the mouth of Jesus, to “eat his flesh and drink his blood” (John 6:54).
This comes as several bishops across the country heed the call from September of Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican’s prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship, that it is absolutely “necessary and urgent to return to the normality of Christian life … and especially the Eucharist.”
Sarah also noted that the physical contact created with God through worship is vital to following him and cannot be met through