For Magdeburg Bishop Gerhard Feige, the Catholic discontent about the coronavirus Mass ban is "whiny" (Katholisch.de, April 20).
He charges Christians to pursue their "particular interests" like lobbyists. Compared with the effects of the coronavirus, the efforts of the nursing staff, and the economic difficulties, the cancellation of church services are for Feige "almost luxury problems".
He hates that people speak about a "health dictator" and alleges that there are "considerable differences" between a dictatorship and a "democratic state" which restricts the common good for the sake of the common good.
Feige rejects a restrictive admission to Masses alleging that it's "impossible to decide" who may participate, and to monitor compliance with the rules.
Feige only wants to allow church services when it can happen "more naturally and in a more humane way."
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If 90% of the Catholics in the bishop's diocese formally cancel their membership to their parishes and refuse to pay any more "church-tax", his opinion will change. That is the problem. Those taxes are automatic so he does not care if the Church is open or not. Either way, he still gets paid.