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Police seen breaking up Good Friday church service over coronavirus regulations

Police officers in London were seen breaking up a church service on Good Friday over breaches of COVID-19 rules.

“This gathering is unfortunately unlawful under the coronavirus regulations we have currently. I suggest, ladies and gentlemen, that though it is Good Friday, and I appreciate you would like to worship, that this gathering is unlawful, so please may you leave the building now. Thank you,” a police officer in the video is seen saying.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533

The incident took place at Christ the King Polish Catholic church in South London during a Good Friday liturgy service.

The parish released a statement on the incident Saturday, saying, “At the moment of the Adoration of the Cross, at about 6 p.m., the police came to the door of our church. We were not allowed to finish the celebration.”

“The police officers, stating that our liturgical assembly was unlawful, ordered everyone to leave our church immediately under the threat of a fine for each of the parishioners present of £200 [around $277] or even arrest. The faithful obeyed this order without objection,” it said.

They added that “the police brutally exceeded their powers by issuing their warrant for no good reason.”

Police said no fines were issued after the service was disrupted.

“Understanding the sensitivity of the situation, officers engaged with the priest outside the church, and were invited inside to address the congregation,” a police statement said.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark also said the archbishop visited the church after the incident and said police officials will be contacted about the handling of the matter.

“The Archbishop has discussed this matter with the Rector of the Catholic Polish Mission, Mgr Stefan Wylezek, who intends to contact the Metropolitan Police authorities about how the situation was handled,” the archdiocese said in a statement.

“Public worship is permissible where COVID hygiene procedures are in place and national guidance has been issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales,” it said.

Under current lockdowns in England, church services are encouraged to be carried out in a short amount of time and “that “limits for communal worship should be decided on the basis of the capacity of the place of worship following an assessment of risk.”

The incident echoes a similar situation in Canada, where a minister was seen in a viral video telling officers to leave his church after they reportedly tried to disrupt a Holy Week service.

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Police officers in London were seen breaking up a church service on Good Friday over breaches of COVID-19 rules.© Provided by Washington Examiner

“This gathering is unfortunately unlawful under the coronavirus regulations we have currently. I suggest, ladies and gentlemen, that though it is Good Friday, and I appreciate you would like to worship, that this gathering is unlawful, so please may you leave the building now. Thank you,” a police officer in the video is seen saying.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533

The incident took place at Christ the King Polish Catholic church in South London during a Good Friday liturgy service.

The parish released a statement on the incident Saturday, saying, “At the moment of the Adoration of the Cross, at about 6 p.m., the police came to the door of our church. We were not allowed to finish the celebration.”

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“The police officers, stating that our liturgical assembly was unlawful, ordered everyone to leave our church immediately under the threat of a fine for each of the parishioners present of £200 [around $277] or even arrest. The faithful obeyed this order without objection,” it said.

They added that “the police brutally exceeded their powers by issuing their warrant for no good reason.”

Police said no fines were issued after the service was disrupted.

“Understanding the sensitivity of the situation, officers engaged with the priest outside the church, and were invited inside to address the congregation,” a police statement said.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark also said the archbishop visited the church after the incident and said police officials will be contacted about the handling of the matter.

“The Archbishop has discussed this matter with the Rector of the Catholic Polish Mission, Mgr Stefan Wylezek, who intends to contact the Metropolitan Police authorities about how the situation was handled,” the archdiocese said in a statement.

“Public worship is permissible where COVID hygiene procedures are in place and national guidance has been issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales,” it said.

Under current lockdowns in England, church services are encouraged to be carried out in a short amount of time and “that “limits for communal worship should be decided on the basis of the capacity of the place of worship following an assessment of risk.”

The incident echoes a similar situation in Canada, where a minister was seen in a viral video telling officers to leave his church after they reportedly tried to disrupt a Holy Week service.

The officers eventually were seen leaving the church.

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