President Trump may have declared that all religious services should be deemed essential and open back up immediately, but that doesn’t mean faith groups in the Seattle area are going to do so.
“Governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now — for this weekend,” President Trump said Friday.
However, many Seattle spiritual leaders say they plan to take their cue from political and medical leaders before adapting to a new kind of worship.
And those political leaders are firm that President Trump cannot tell individual states when or how to reopen.
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“The governor’s office continues to work with spiritual leaders and health experts to identify ways to do this safely,” Governor Inslee’s office said in a statement. “While we have read the president’s comments, there is no order and we think he understands at this point that he can’t dictate what states can or cannot open.”
The Archdioceses of Seattle, Yakima, and Spokane agree.
“We want to let you know that the public celebration of Mass was suspended, not out of fear, but out of our deepest respect for human life and health,” said the Washington State Catholic Conference in a letter signed by the state’s five bishops. “As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be instruments of God’s protection for the vulnerable and the public common good … we will wait to schedule our public worship when it is safe and we

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