Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top coronavirus advisor to the White House, has called on Catholic churches not to distribute Communion during the coronavirus pandemic.
While he’s certainly not alone in calling on houses of worship to severely limit activities that could allow for the transmission of the virus, LifeSiteNews pointed out a glaring inconsistency in Fauci’s rhetoric, namely an interview last month in which he suggested that casual sex on dates during the crisis is fine “if you’re willing to take a risk.”
When asked if communion could be safely distributed, Fauci, himself a Catholic, responded firmly in the negative.
“I think, for the time being, you just gotta forestall that,” Fauci told America Magazine in an interview on Tuesday.
“It depends on where you are,” Fauci clarified. “If you are in a region, a city, a county, where there is a significant amount of infection, I think with distributing Communion, I think that would be risky. I’m telling you that as a Catholic, it would be risky.”
“As many times as a priest can wash his hands, he gets to Communion, he puts it in somebody’s hand, they put it in their mouth,” Fauci went on, “it’s that kind of close interaction that you don’t want when you’re in the middle of a deadly outbreak.”
Fauci also urged churches to “limit the number of people, so that you don’t have people in the pews right next to each other,” and encouraged churchgoers to “absolutely” wear masks.
“If the priest is on the altar, separated by 30, 40, 50 feet, you know, I wouldn’t think it was absolutely necessary to [use masks],” he admitted. “But the people who are within six, 10 feet of each other really need to.”
Fauci also joined in the chorus calling for churches to halt congregational singing. “When you sing, the amount of droplets and aerosol that come out is really, in some respects, scary,” he said.
Last month, however, Fauci said in an interview with Vanity Fair that it was “tough” to make a call on the safety of having casual sex with strangers met on dating apps like Tinder, but “if you’re willing to take a risk—and you know, everybody has their own tolerance for risks—you could figure out if you want to meet somebody.”
“And it depends on the level of the interaction that you want to have. If you’re looking for a friend, sit in a room and put a mask on, and you know, chat a bit. If you want to go a little bit more intimate, well, then that’s your choice regarding a risk,” he said, adding that it’s important to “make sure the person is feeling well.”
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