Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2020 4:07 PM
The Department of Health of the Generalitat will open a file to examine whether, during the event organized in the Sagrada Familia with more than 600 participants, all health protection measures have been respected and, given the epidemiological risk that these “massive” acts include, it will be considered to strengthen the measures so that this does not happen again.
The Archbishop of Barcelona and President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Cardinal Juan José Omella, presided over the beatification ceremony of Joan Roig Diggle, a 19-year-old layman murdered at the start of the Spanish Civil War. The event took place with the presence of several hundred people in the Sagrada Familia, but with a capacity reduced to a third due to the current sanitary conditions.
Criticism for the celebration of a mass mass when cultural events are prohibited
However, multiple criticisms have been formulated on social networks against the Generalitat for allowing the celebration of a massive act in the current epidemiological situation due to COVID-19, in particular when cultural acts are prohibited.
The president of En Comú Podem (ECP) in Parliament, Jéssica Albiach, criticized the closure of cultural activities and that, however, an act with “588 people” is taking place in the Sagrada Familia.
Actress Silvia Bel, writer Bel Olid, playwright Julio Manrique and musician Gérard Quintana have also expressed their unease that religious acts are allowed and not cultural acts.
The Minister of Health, Alba Vergés, wrote on her Twitter account that the images of the ceremony held at the Sagrada Familia are “unjustifiable” and reiterates that they will open a file and provide the necessary clarifications “so that this does not happen. reproduce more “. “The state of alert of the Spanish government – he maintains – does not allow us to suspend religious acts, but the right to worship cannot go beyond common sense and the protection of health”, a- he declared.
The Ministry of Health recalled that the royal decree of the state of alert of the Spanish government only allows to reduce the capacity and not to close religious spaces. And he also stressed that the Constitution considers freedom of worship as a fundamental right.
However, and given the great mobility involved in the religious act and “given the epidemic context, Public Health will launch a file to investigate all of the health protection and mobility measures in the organization and development of the act “.
On the other hand, Health declared that these massive acts presented an epidemiological risk “totally unjustifiable given the current situation and announced that, therefore,” they would consider strengthening the protective measures so that this does not happen again.
[[H3:Aragonès lamenta el acto por razones de “sentido común”]]
For his part, the vice-president of the government acting as president, Father Aragonès, showed his anger at the act which brought together hundreds of people in the Sagrada Familia because it is a question of “good meaning “when you tell people to stay home and only go out for the essentials.
In an interview on ‘Catalunya Ràdio’, Aragonès assured that the act had not been approved by the Procicat, but that the organizers argue that the capacity was limited to 30% and recalled that the Catalan government will open a file for information to collect information.
Further, he explained that these circumstances will need to be reviewed because “when a church is so big and can mobilize so many people”, we must avoid the message that “there are no restrictions”.