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Christina Frasco slams this Liloan church which keeps holding masses despite COVID-19

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It seems Christina Frasco found herself in the perfect church versus state scenario.

The Liloan mayor had no choice but to name drop San Vicente Ferrer Parish as she called on the Catholic Church to stop holding its masses and public gatherings for now, as Cebu tries to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in the province.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has already called off public masses for now due to COVID-19, but the priest in this town insists otherwise.

“Processions have also been held in violation of the Circular, and in defiance of the national, provincial, and municipal prohibition on Public Gatherings,” Frasco exposed.

If Vatican City has suspended masses in public, why can’t this local church do?

“We can pray, venerate, in the comfort of our homes, without prohibition. Online masses are available. If there is need for online access from other parishes, our LGU can assist. I appeal to the leaders of our Holy Church to set the example of practicing the Christian virtue of doing no harm to our fellow man. Pope Francis himself, who has cancelled all public masses, has led the way,” she added.

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An Appeal to the Church to Help Shepherd the Faithful in the time of Covid-19 It has come to my attention that notwithstanding Archbishop Jose Palma’s Circular to suspend all masses in Cebu in light of the imminent threat of the global pandemic that is Covid-19, masses have been and will still be held under the direction of a particular parish priest in Liloan in at least 6 barangays. Processions have also been held in violation of the Circular, and in defiance of the national, provincial, and municipal prohibition on Public Gatherings. When I held a multi-sectoral meeting on March 16 including all parishes of Liloan, I was informed by said priest that they will continue masses as they await advice from the Archbishop. The very next day, on March 17, the Archbishop suspended all masses and all public gatherings such as processions in the Archdiocese of Cebu. Upon learning of the masses and processions held after the prohibition was set, these were reported to the Archdiocese and I am told there was a promise to abide. But now, this. At this point, we have 252 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Liloan and this number will increase by the day. Our health and emergency personnel, municipal and barangay health workers, barangay tanods and BINs and many other frontline health workers as well as we, your municipal and barangay officials have been working 24/7 on FULL ALERT, doing EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PREPARE, PREVENT, AND/OR SLOW DOWN the scourge of Covid-19 in Liloan and in Cebu. But we can only do so much. To be clear, we are not preventing people from exercising their faith. We are simply asking the faithful to exercise their faith responsibly. We look to the leaders of our church to help government shepherd our people to safety — that we may not only transcend this great threat, but more importantly, survive it. We can pray, venerate, in the comfort of our homes, without prohibition. Online masses are available. If there is need for online access from other parishes, our LGU can assist.

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