Communion Ban Breaches Human Rights

Jul 9, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant:

A High Court judge has ruled that prohibiting a Roman Catholic from attending church to receive the sacraments may have infringed the European Convention on Human Rights.

Justice Lewis delivered his judgment Monday at the Royal High Court of Justice ruling that “the restriction on the use of a Roman Catholic church for communal worship and the taking of the sacraments involves an interference with Article 9(1) of the Convention.”

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Lauren Monks had sought a judicial review challenging the government’s Wuhan virus restrictions,  which prevented her and her 10-year-old son, who attends a Catholic school, from receiving Holy Communion or attending public Masses.

Monks filed the challenge with her employer, Simon Dolan and another child whose identity cannot be disclosed for legal reasons.

“This whole case is about challenging the ruinous lockdown laws imposed by the government. These laws have taken away people’s civil liberties to an unprecedented degree and caused huge damage and disruption to so many people’s lives and livelihoods,” Dolan told Church Militant.

“This has included not just the rights of families and friends who live apart to meet and see each other, but also the religious rights and freedoms of those who wish to practice their faith with others,” he said.

“The lockdown laws imposed by the government directly interfered with this right because they made communal worship illegal and impossible. In our case, we are claiming that these restrictions were disproportionate and therefore a breach of the second claimant’s [Mrs. Monks’] Article 9 rights,” Dolan, a successful businessman, explained.

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