29 July 2021, The Tablet

How to return to the summit

Habits and obligations


In the UK, the days of lockdown are passing, only to be replaced by the tyranny of the “ping” made by a mobile phone receiving an instruction telling the owner to isolate, having been in contact with someone infected with Covid-19. This phase will pass too, and there is a reasonable prospect of life returning to something resembling pre-lockdown normal. But it will not be normal normal. Lockdowns have changed society, and have changed individuals. This is where the statement of the bishops’ conference of England and Wales, anticipating the end of all Covid regulations in November, falls short. Covid has changed Catholics and their relationship to the Church, in ways the bishops may not fully understand.

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