Skip to comments.Church in Congo Suspends Sacraments as Ebola Spreads
Posted on 06/08/2018 4:57:12 PM PDT by marshmallow
An Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo last month has led Roman Catholics to stop administering several sacraments temporarily in an attempt to keep the deadly disease from spreading.
Catholics will not be baptized, confirmed, ordained or anointed until further notice in the countrys northwestern regions hardest hit by the outbreak, which has claimed at least 25 lives since May 8, when the outbreak was first confirmed. The new regulations cover the Archdiocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro, which spans about 59,000 miles. Some 650,000 of the regions 1.2 million residents are Catholics, according to church statistics.
Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, apostolic administrator for the archdiocese, announced the order suspending the use of sacraments that require physical contact to administer. A May 30 diocesan statement said the purpose is to prevent the spread of Ebola virus disease, also known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever. The disease has infected one priest so far, but he has recovered, according to Besungu.
This is to prevent the spread of Ebola haemorrhagic fever, Besungu said. A government tally found at least 54 people have been infected over the past month.
In parishes where new regulations take effect, bishops and priests will administer Communion to the hand, not the mouth. The sign of peace, which typically involves handshakes and hugs, will be given verbally instead.
Ebola can spread when openings in the skin, such as a small cut or open sore, come into contact with an infected persons fluids including saliva, sweat and semen. Cases in Mbandaka, a riverside city of more than one million, have raised fears that the disease could spread widely via river transport.
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Need to suspend all their cultural habits (Africans touch and kiss the corpse, etc.); Ebola spreads quickly and is deadly within days of infection; has an extremely high kill rate...
With that mind, why is baptism, annointing, confirmation and that ridiculous kiss of peace suspended?
Finally, to suspend the Sacrament of Baptism for a population that is very susceptible to sudden deaths is morally reprehensible.
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