Cardinal Thomas Collins, the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, has been forced to ask a bizarre question of the Ontario government that restricts the number of people attending a church funeral to 10 during its lockdown.
Why did the government allow 50 members of a film crew into the church basement of the very building where it only allowed 10 people to attend a funeral a few days later?
Apparently, movies are more important than funerals.
Christian Post provides the details:
Cardinal Thomas Collins sent out a call to action last week denouncing how the government has imposed stricter limits on houses of worship for in-person gatherings than secular businesses.
Collins gave an example of a movie production crew that was allowed to have around 50 people filming in a church basement hall while a funeral at the same facility was limited to 10 attendees.
“I do not believe that our elected officials and medical officers of health consciously intend to suppress religious freedom; I realize that they are in an extremely difficult position. We do, however, ask to be treated equitably,” wrote Collins.
READ: Toronto Cardinal demands churches be treated fairly after film crew gets more access to church than funeral
In his call to action, Cardinal Thomas Collins asks:
A few days ago, a movie scout contacted one of our churches to inquire whether the basement hall could be used to feed a crew of 50 people. “We have dispensation from the province and strict protocols will be enforced.” Later in the week, the priest presided at a funeral in the same church, limited to 10 people inside (including himself).
Which of these do we consider more essential?
READ: A Call to Action from Cardinal Collins: End COVID-19 Restriction Inequities