Chicago Archdiocese Finds Trump Easter Target Doubtful

Bernie Tafoya
March 25, 2020 - 5:34 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- President Trump says he’d like to see churches full on Easter Sunday after millions have been living under stay-at-home orders because of the coronavirus, but a Catholic church leader in Chicago says that does not appear likely. 

The Archdiocese of Chicago has said there will be no Holy Week services or Easter celebrations in churches in Lake and Cook Counties. 

Auxiliary Bishop Ron Hicks says the suspension of liturgies is not something the church does lightly but is doing that to keep people safe. 

"Are we sad that the mass, the public celebration of it has been suspended? Yes, everyone is. Devastating. However, if it’s for the betterment of society and for the whole, people have been very understanding."

Hicks on Wednesday said masses in churches will not resume until the archdiocese hears from public health experts and state and local officials. 

Until then, public celebrations will be televised or streamed on the Internet, he said.

Bishop Hicks explains the televised mass on Channel 7 on Sunday mornings presents its own challenge. It's a half-hour long and he is scheduled to celebrate the Palm Sunday mass on TV.  

"I was trying to think of how do I get a homily that is basically one or two sentences and it tries to explain exactly what we’re going through. It’s going to be challenging."