- A Catholic pastor has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated after writing several articles advising church members not to fear the virus.
- Washington, DC health officials informed those who recently attended quarantine services after Monsignor Charles Pope was diagnosed with the Saint-Cyprian Roman Catholic Church.
- Pope has been a vocal critic of many blocking measures, saying that those who have not yet returned to a personal service are "lukewarm" Catholics.
- The church said it took precautionary services at church services, including wearing masks, social distancing, and wiping pews.
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A Catholic pastor who advised his congregation not to fear the coronavirus tested positive for COVID-19.
Monsignor Charles Pope of the Saint-Cyprian Roman Catholic Church in Washington, DC was hospitalized on July 27 with a high fever. according to the Washington Post.
Health officials issued a message Several people who went to services between July 25 and 27 were exposed to the virus and should also be quarantined.
The Pope has since returned home to recover and will isolate himself with the seminarians of the Church, the Church wrote in an online update.
Pope wrote several Article for the National Catholic Register who recognize the severity of the virus, but urge readers not to be afraid of the corona virus.
In a July 27 issue of Morning Glory, a Catholic radio program, he said that those who fail to come to church during the pandemic are "lukewarm" Catholics.
"About a third of my people came home, that was it," he said, referring to those who had returned to personal service. He said that the elderly and others in need of protection should not participate.
"I think a good number, at least half of that number that didn't come, was lukewarm," he continued. "We may have lost it forever. Because we actually said: & # 39; Look, your physical health is more important than your mental health. & # 39; … I think we made a lot of big mistakes."
In an article on July 18, he encouraged his readers to take "precautions against the virus" for the time being, but also to ask: "When will this end and who will be able to decide?"
In conclusion, he wrote: "I assume that fear is a far more serious illness than COVID-19."
In another article in MayWhen the number of cases in the United States declined, he wrote an article entitled, "Coronavirus, where's your sting? Why is this gripping fear useless?" In it, he called for a prudent, gradual reopening and was not clear about the effects of the virus.
"The vast majority of people who get the corona virus will survive," he wrote. An observation he said came from a spiritual rather than a scientific position.
"Some will be only slightly symptomatic, some will be seriously ill, and yes, some will die. People will also die of heart disease, cancer, strokes and car accidents every day."
In its statement after its positive diagnosis, the church said it followed guidelines during the pandemic, including promoting social distance and wearing masks, disinfecting pews after each service, and using alcohol to clean clergy hands at the Distribution of the consecrated bread and wine Eucharist.
The building will be thoroughly cleaned "as a precautionary measure" this week, the church said.
The Archdiocese of Washington, under which the Papal Church works, has issued lengthy guidelinesincluding the measures described by the Papal Church. However, it should be noted that it is up to the priest to decide whether or not to wear a mask during the Mass.
Business Insider has asked the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Comforter in Saint-Cyprian for a comment, but has not received an immediate response.