Ireland: Confession Is Now A Crime
The law applies also if a priest keeps sanitary distances and hears confessions outdoors. Strangely, the priest is allowed to meet a parishioner "for a chat."
The offence consists in attending a religious event. The ban applies to both indoor and outdoor events, except funerals and marriages.
It is the first time that, under the Covid regime, an explicit prohibition of religious services has been put in place in Ireland.
Until now, the government left citizens in the dark about what was legally prohibited and what was only an advice.
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