Yesterday, Sunday, November 29, the State Council ordered the government to reverse its decision banning religious ceremonies with more than 30 people within three days.
Saisi in referral-freedom last Friday by the Conference of Bishops of France to challenge the limit of 30 people allowed to attend worship services , the Council of State delivered its verdict yesterday, and win the cause of believers by denouncing a "serious and manifestly illegal attack on the freedom of worship".
- Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) November29st
It is a victory for the French Bishops' Conference (CEF), which says that thanks to this decision, "law has been restored and reason recognized".
According to the CEF, with this decision the judge of the Conseil d'État “retained the disproportionate nature of the government measure which limited to 30 the number of people authorized to attend religious ceremonies in places of worship. "She cites the order issued by the judge who noted that there was no justification for this measure" while no other authorized activity is subject to such a limitation fixed independently of the area of the premises in cause ”.
Yesterday evening, a meeting was organized with the Prime Minister as well as members of the episcopate for "the adoption of a realistic gauge, as provided for in the sanitary protocol" presented by the Catholic Church. The CEF concludes its press release by affirming that it wishes "that the legal remedy remains the exception in a real dialogue which it awaits the resumption".
Good news for many believers who did not fail to rejoice on social networks.
The Council of State made the triumph of common sense and the right to freely practice one's religion in France. Thank you to everyone who took action to defend this fundamental freedom and called for the promotion of health in a proportionate way. Thank you to those who prayed for this intention
- Bishop Marc Aillet (@MgrMAillet) November29st
Having been among the many elected officials shocked by the gauge systematically fixed at 30 people per religious building, without taking any account of the size of these, I welcome the decision of the Council of State on respect for the freedom of worship. .
- Didier QUENTIN (@didierquentin) November29st
???? @Council_State / gauge of 30 people attending worship services:
"He is ordered to the Prime Minister (@JeanCASTEX) to modify within 3 days "the number of 30 people and to replace it" by taking STRICTLY PROPORTIONED measures "
- Gonzag ن e deChantérac (@gdechanterac) November29st
We should find out more about these new "strictly proportionate" measures in the coming days.
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