The President of the Conference of Bishops of France will file an appeal with the Council of State for the resumption of worship

The Conference of Bishops of France will file a liberty summary with the Council of State against the measure prohibiting the holding of worship as part of the new confinement recommended by the state to stem the second wave of the pandemic.

Dyears A press release published yesterday, Monday November 2, the Conference of Bishops of France announced that it considers that "decree n ° 2020-1310 of October 29, 2020" which prescribes the new measures of the state of health emergency linked to the Covid -19, “infringes the freedom of worship”.

Thus, Mgr Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, President of the Conference of Bishops of France and Archbishop of Reims, will an emergency summary before the Council of State.

This is an emergency judicial procedure when one considers that an administrative procedure " seriously and clearly unlawful a fundamental freedom (freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, right to property, etc.) ”.

The French Bishops' Conference (CEF) "after consulting all the bishops of France" yesterday in a plenary assembly, "considers the prohibition to celebrate mass and other sacraments in community out of proportion". The CEF insists on the “vital” aspect of these celebrations for many faithful and affirms the freedom of worship as “a fundamental freedom of our country”.

However, the press release also specifies that Catholics "remain fully mobilized against the epidemic and comply with all health instructions".

As an interim relief is an emergency procedure, the judge in charge of the case must rule within 48 hours.

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