Cardinal Burke spoke during the Rome Life Forum in May 2020. One of the things he said was that bishops do NOT have the right to dispense the faithful from their holy obligation to attend Mass on Sundays. Quote below:
“The Sunday Mass obligation, for instance, participates in natural and divine law, the Third Commandment of the Decalogue, which we are obliged to observe, unless, for reasons beyond our control, we are not able to do so. During the present crisis, it has been said that Bishops dispense the faithful from the Sunday Mass obligation, but no human has the power to dispense from divine law. If it has been impossible, during the crisis, for the faithful to assist at Holy Mass, then the obligation did not bind them, but the obligation remained.”
Who is correct or incorrect here?
And if we haven’t been attending Mass because we thought we were dispensed, are we now in mortal sin since learning of this?