ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Just a week after in-person masses were canceled due to rising COVID-19 cases, local Catholics are beginning protests. Last week, Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester said in-person mass would be canceled until further notice.
On Sunday, Catholics gathered around the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in a peaceful protest. Organizers say individuals are capable of deciding for themselves what health risks they are willing to take.
“We’re just so sad the archbishop has closed our parishes. Our parishes are essential. If we can go to the liquor store, surely we can walk into our parishes and celebrate the Sacraments,” said protester Sammie Wood. “I think that people that are afraid can choose to not go to Mass and there’s a dispensation for that, but those who want to go to Mass ought to be able to go to Mass.”
“Who knows? We could all come down with this or we all could not, but we all need the Sacraments and we all need that for our spiritual health and well-being,” said protester Bart Wyatt.
Protesters say they would continue to social distance and wear masks during mass. Under the governor’s public health order, houses of worship are allowed to operate at 40% capacity.