Durham Cathedral demands Covid pass worshipers in defiance of Church of England guidelines

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O Come All Ye Vaccinated Faithful: Durham Cathedral demands Covid pass worshipers in defiance of official Church of England guidelines

  • Durham Cathedral demands Covid passes from worshipers – in defiance of official Church of England guidelines
  • The move has sparked anger amid claims it is “deeply at odds” with the spirit of the holiday season
  • In its Covid guidelines, the Church says it has “a clear policy of encouraging people to get vaccinated”










Durham Cathedral is demanding Covid passes from worshipers – in defiance of official Church of England guidelines.

People attending Christmas services will need to prove that they are vaccinated, that they have tested negative within the previous 48 hours, or that they have recovered from the virus.

The move sparked anger amid claims it is “deeply at odds” with the spirit of the holiday season.

In its Covid guidelines, the Church says it has “a clear policy of encouraging people to get vaccinated, but, except in very exceptional circumstances, [it is opposed] to limit access to religious services or organizations on the basis of vaccine certification ”.

Durham Cathedral is demanding Covid passes from worshipers – in defiance of official Church of England guidelines. Pictured: The Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Paul Butler

He adds: “Such an approach would run counter to the principle that the Church is a home and a refuge for all.

But authorities at the 928-year-old Cathedral – which is the seat of the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler – said they had “taken a cautious approach to Covid-19 restrictions since the start of the pandemic and we continue to keep measures in place to minimize risk and reduce pressure on our NHS services ”.

About 80% of its party services will require a Covid pass.

Reverend Jamie Franklin, one of 1,000 church leaders who sent Boris Johnson an open letter describing vaccine passports as a “fundamental betrayal of Christian belief,” urged dean and chapter to reconsider their position .

The move sparked anger amid claims it is

The move sparked anger amid claims it is “deeply at odds” with the spirit of the holiday season (file image)

He said: “Christmas is a time when we remember God’s will to be with the humble, the excluded and the poor.

“The decision to bar entry to church for a subsection of society considered unclean and dangerous is deeply at odds with the Christmas message.”

Jodie Beck, of civil rights group Liberty, said: “Durham Cathedral should not arbitrarily set rules that affect how people can access services.”

The Church of England said: “We will not comment on Durham Cathedral.”

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