Date: 23rd May 2020
Pastoral Directive from Bishop Bernard Paul, DD (No. 21)
To All Parish Priests, Religious and Parishes of the Malacca Johore Diocese.
Urgent & Important:
Opening Churches from June 10th for Green Zone or other zones
- After weighing the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) SOPs and the stand of the Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) and the Peninsula Catholic Bishops, I choose NOT to open churches till the Movement Control Order (MCO) is lifted.
- The present Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) relaxations come with many SOPs. The COVID threat is not over. Stringent checks by MOH will follow. Risks are still there. Parishes’ COVID Response Team is a must. Reports have to be submitted for audit.
- When things are so unsure and uncertain, I declare that the churches in MJD do not open till MCO is lifted and the virus threat is confirmed clear. This will be the current pastoral action for these fluid times. We will wait for official MOH statement on MCO lifting, not CMCOs.
- Reach out to your people. Inform them. Advise them on ways to keep the faith.
Together With you,
+ Rt. Rev. Bernard Paul, D.D.
Bishop of Malacca Johore Diocese