With his decree (below), Lubbock Bishop Robert Milner Coerver, 65, Texas, USA, marked a new low among the directives issued by bishops during the coronavirus panic.
He not only ordered the closure of all churches, but added the following line,
“No priests are to make themselves available to hear Confessions”. He foresees no exceptions, not even for emergencies.
However, Thomas Aquinas stresses that a law is "unjust" and "doesn't bind in conscience," if the man who made it went beyond the power committed to him (ST I/II 96.4).
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