Why don’t clergy recommend hiatus from handshakes, hugs?

Catholic Courier    |    02.03.2020


To the editor:

With flu season upon us physical contact with fellow parishioners must be considered. Many are uncomfortable with the hand shaking, hugging and kissing during winter months. A polite wave or nod of the head is acceptable, although after extending the hand and being rebuffed is at times embarrassing.

I don’t understand why the priest, at the beginning of Mass, does not put all at ease by stating the obvious. Physical contact should be abated during winter months until the flu/cold season is over. Watching people furiously scrubbing their hands with disinfectant afterwards is amusing but unnecessary.

Bob Tacito

Railway Crossing

Webster

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please see the article https://catholiccourier.com/articles/dioceses-take-steps-to-prevent-virus-from-spreading.

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