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Diocese Reccomends Against Wine During Communion To Stop Spread Of Swine Flu

Posted Jun 26 2009 5:32pm

It seems swine flu has managed to infiltrate the firm grip of religious traditions after the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth has announced wine should not be offered as part of Communion for the time being in order to halt the spread of the robust disease.

Churches will be receiving a letter from the Diocese asking them to just offer bread or wafers during the religious ritual after two cases of the virus were confirmed in the city.

Last week letters were sent out which suggested priests should avoid using chalices filled with wine.

Communications officer for the Diocese of Plymouth, Michael Fay, said , “The bishops discussed it and it was left to individual dioceses to decide on what measures they would take.”

He added that the Right Rev Christopher Budd, Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth has made the decision to not use wine for Communion as only “a temporary measure.”

He said , “He thought it was prudent to recommend that wine not be offered in the form of blood in the chalice.”

The Plymouth Diocese covers the majority of south-west England, serving Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

It has 93 parishes and is divided into five deaneries: Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay, Exeter and North and East Devon, and Dorset.


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