Bishop Visits Campus, Changes Traditions For H1N1
H1N1 Swine Flu has been a big topic on campuses across the country, and now even the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh is making changes to keep people healthy.
Bishop Michael Burbidge, the Bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh, has temporarily suspended the wine at communion, and the traditional Sign of Peace. Both of these have been suspended to keep hand contact to a minimum.
The Bishop was at Elon to dedicate the Catholic Newman Center and preside over mass. “In light of the swine flu, the virus, we are trying to take precautions that are necessary, and even to be extra careful,” Bishop Burbidge said.
Some students think there could be another option, that doesn’t involve removing traditions from the Mass.
“You can shake their wrist or something, or you just pat them on the back or something like that. I mean there are other ways, I guess, that are less risky,” Steve Ferguson said.
The Bishop says that the changes will only be temporary, just until the threat of H1N1 calms down.
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