London Police Shut Down Good Friday Service

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London police shut down a Good Friday service at Christ the King Polish Catholic Church.

“This gathering is unfortunately unlawful under the coronavirus regulations we have currently. You are not allowed to meet inside with this many people under law,” police told the congregation.

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Footage on social media showed two officers entering the Christ the King Polish Catholic Church in Balham, south London, while the service was taking place.

“During the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, at the moment of the Adoration of the Cross, at about 6 p.m., the police came to the door of our church. We were not allowed to finish the celebration,” read a statement from the church.

Church leaders say the police “grossly exceeded” their powers by forcing the congregation to disband.

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“The police officers, stating that our liturgical assembly was unlawful, ordered everyone to leave our church immediately under the threat of a fine for each of the parishioners present of £200 [around $277] or even arrest. The faithful obeyed this order without objection.”

Had this been a Baptist church, the deacons (along with the tenor and bass sections of the choir) would have politely escorted the police outside the sanctuary.

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