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By Aaron Pidel

Dec 31 2020

Does the cancellation of the sacraments and ministries because of the coronavirus reflect a loss of faith or at least of nerve? With this rather unsettling question in mind, I began to study the historical record, especially the pastoral response of Jesuits in Italy to the so-called Plague of St. Charles in Milan (1576-78). What I found surprised me.