A priest and a clergyman were placed in police custody on Thursday, to be questioned about a mass on Saturday in a church in central Paris during which sanitary rules had not been respected, said the Paris prosecutor’s office, confirming information of 20Minutes.
These two men were taken into custody for “deliberately endangering the life of others”, “not wearing a mask” and “gathering more than six people without respecting barrier gestures”, according to this source. .
This traditional rite mass took place on Saturday afternoon in the Saint-Eugène-Sainte-Cécile church, according to Le Parisien. The daily broadcast a video of the office that reportedly lasted four hours. We see priests, without masks and very close to each other, giving the host directly into the mouths of the faithful. Many of the believers were visibly old.
The Paris prosecutor’s office on Tuesday opened an investigation and entrusted the investigations to the Department of Proximity Security of the Paris agglomeration (DSPAP).
The diocese of Paris said the same day “amazed at the obvious non-compliance with the essential instructions for distancing, wearing a mask”.
The Archbishop of Paris, for his part, announced on Wednesday the opening of a canonical procedure targeting the parish priest of the parish concerned, a procedure which could lead to sanctions.
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