Started by Steven W Bohler, June 07, 2020, 05:56:02 PM
Quote from: Charles Austin on June 07, 2020, 06:40:35 PMWell, when Beloved Spouse and I "attend" worship on television, I literally have tears in my eyes as I quietly sing along with the hymns and when I look at videos of groups I have sung with. But, believing what I understand is responsible "science" (Oh No! Not Science!) I do not think I would want to be singing in church right now. Maybe later. Maybe the scientists will discover some new information. I hope so. I'm listening. And we can watch all those places that are singing to see what happens in those communities three or four weeks from now.
Quote from: Charles Austin on June 08, 2020, 10:41:17 AMjebutler and tuttiI am very near the point where - on a number of matters here - I just don't care anymore. Do whatever the heck you want to do; believe whomever you want to believe; pick your scientist; I don't care if it's Dr. Fauci, Bill Nye, the Science Guy, or Dr. Strangelove. You don't have to try and convince me you are right or that I am wrong. I see no point in expressing why I would do what I might do or why I might do it.Because, that's where we are here, every dude and dudette on his or her own.
Quote from: Matt Hummel on June 08, 2020, 01:49:20 PMOK-Homeschool science time. Everybody get a straw, and some paper to make spitballs.Go on outside. Now, make a spitball. Put it in one end of the straw. Blow throw the straw with the same force as if you were speaking.Mark how far it goes. Repeat 4 more times to get an average distance.Repeat the process, but this time blow into it as if you were bellowing out "Holy, Holy, Holy." Want to to guess which spitball traveled further?And now you see the reason for restricting singing. I am very tempted to quote Jessie Pinkmann at this point, but will refrain.
Quote from: peter_speckhard on June 08, 2020, 04:52:36 PMQuote from: Matt Hummel on June 08, 2020, 01:49:20 PMOK-Homeschool science time. Everybody get a straw, and some paper to make spitballs.Go on outside. Now, make a spitball. Put it in one end of the straw. Blow throw the straw with the same force as if you were speaking.Mark how far it goes. Repeat 4 more times to get an average distance.Repeat the process, but this time blow into it as if you were bellowing out "Holy, Holy, Holy." Want to to guess which spitball traveled further?And now you see the reason for restricting singing. I am very tempted to quote Jessie Pinkmann at this point, but will refrain.I don't see the reason for restricting singing. Common sense says that if you exhibit no symptoms of being sick, you likely are not getting anyone else sick. Part of the Covid panic was the idea that large numbers of asymptomatic people were nevertheless spreading the disease to vulnerable populations. But that was mostly just a theory extrapolated from very sketchy, preliminary data and and one widespread anecdotal case in which a local outbreak was traced to a choir. No actual evidence I'm aware of contradicts the common sense approach. The scientific consensus seems to have solidified around the common sense idea that asymptomatic people are not spreading the disease to any alarming degree. Hence the taking of temperatures before entering hospitals. But anyone who knows anything about homeschool science knows that when some claim is counter-intuitive, it bears the burden of proof or must be accepted on faith in a trustworthy source. The idea that singing is dangerous lacks both of those criteria.
QuoteWe strongly prefer parishes to continue with practice of using two chanters chanting opposite one another on different sides of the solea to reduce the chance of spreading the virus through aerosolization. There have been competing studies on the issue of singing, so we grant our blessing to parishes in areas with decreasing numbers of new cases with large church buildings with good ventilation to use choirs of no more than six members with increased spacing between one another than the usual six feet. In all these areas that we have mentioned above, we expect our priests and parish councils to exercise their good judgment and practice all the health and safety measures dictated by their local health departments.
QuoteAfter a month of states reopening, the nationwide curve has remained mostly flat, and while testing has gone up, the percentages of positive tests have gone down. Instead of thanking God for the good news, we see recriminations and anger flowing from some quarters. We understand that this has been immensely hard for us to remain at home during the height of our Church year. We also understand that as the situation improved, some of our civil authorities either refused to loosen their restrictions in a commensurate way or created reopening plans that did not take the churches into equal consideration. We have been working for weeks through the Assembly of Bishops to petition those civil authorities to reconsider their unfair placement of the churches in their phased reopening plans. With this letter, we believe that any further restriction of our churches in the United States below 25% capacity is an undue burden on the exercise of our freedom of religion, and we grant our blessing to our parishes to open to this level nationwide. Let our joy this weekend of All Saints be full!
QuoteWe have stated throughout these difficult days that Holy Communion is the "medicine of immortality" not a vector of disease. We have also consistently stated that our method of distributing the Holy Gifts is not open to question. With great pain and heartache, we cooperated with our civil authorities in the limiting of gatherings of the faithful, but our cooperation ends with any infringement on the traditional practices of our Faith. As we welcome you back to the churches, we call on you to draw near to receive the Holy Gifts, not with the fear of a virus, but with the fear of God, faith, and love.