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Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:40 pm

Indianapolis Archdiocese shuts down drive-through confessions

Associated Press

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Catholic priest in western Indiana said he has stopped hearing drive-through confessions at the request of the Indianapolis Archdiocese.

The Tribune-Star reported the Rev. Dan Bedel, who serves both St. Patrick and St. Margaret Mary Catholic churches in Terre Haute, said he was able to hear about 15 confessions during two days in which he parked his pickup truck in the church parking lots and parishioners drove up next to him and cracked their windows.

However, the "archdiocese has deemed it to be too high a risk for contamination," Bedel told parishioners in a notice Tuesday.

"I am confident that we can help to slow the contamination of the population by staying home where possible," he said.

Catholic churches across Indiana have been closed to Masses, meetings and gatherings because of the pandemic.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.


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