Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and sacramental theology and director of the Sacerdos Institute at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum university.

 Q: I am in the Philippines. We are in enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and after May 15 we will be in general community quarantine (GCQ). We hope and pray that under GCQ religious gatherings will be permitted. Of course, we will follow the rules about face masks, physical distancing, and no physical contact. We know that under these rules, we cannot let the church be filled with people without physical distancing. This means that for Sunday Mass we can allow only limited attendance in the church. For this reason and only under this circumstance, can the bishop decide that evening Masses on Thursday and Friday be accepted as fulfilling the Sunday obligation? – F.L., Philippines

 A: The short answer is no. The bishop can dispense from Sunday obligation but cannot change the obligation to another day.

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