CBCP disproved the use of “holy alcohol” against COVID-19.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had disproved the use of “holy alcohol” against COVID-19 or coronavirus disease 2019.
This, as the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said that San Fernando Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, the liturgical office of the Archdiocese of Pampanga, on Monday released a statement saying that there was no substitute to holy water.
In its statement, the liturgical office of the Archdiocese of Pampanga warned the public against the use of alcohol as sacramental, adding that alcohol “should not be sprinkled on the faithful”.
According to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, many churches in the Philippines have emptied holy water fonts over COVID-19 concerns since March 2020.
However, the San Fernando Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission said in its statement that the replacement of holy water into “holy alcohol” in churches was “fake news”, adding that the “blessed water is the matter of baptism” and by using a different material element or liquid would make such baptism “invalid”.
Aside from the “holy alcohol”, the Blessed water is the matter of baptism also said that “holy face masks”, “holy face shield”, “holy sanitizer”, “holy personal protective equipment (PPE)”, or “holy goggles” exist as this was “an irreverent marketing strategy or gimmick”.
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