Our local Archdiocese holds its weekly Latin Mass in a downtown area in an economically depressed area. Not only is it economically depressed, but crime is rampant in the surrounding neighborhood - gangs, drugs, etc. Recently, a gunman threatened to murder innocent civilians at a neighborhood Protestant church, but thankfully the authorities arrested the individual before he could cause any harm.
At what point does it become unsafe to attend Mass under these circumstances? Given the recent events in our media, happening both in the U.S. but also in Europe, shouldn’t our churches have armed guards at the doors to prevent attacks, similar to how some holy sites in Israel are guarded by armed guards?
If churches fail to put in place these measures, is the church being reckless given all of the recent violence as demonstrated daily in the national media? Do I have an obligation to protect my family and not attend Mass if this is the case?
Perhaps we eventually will be forced to hold Mass in our homes, similar to what was done in Communist Russia when the authorities oppressed religion in their country. Please debate and discuss. Mods - Please move thread to appropriate sub-forum if appropriate.