No such thing as ‘holy alcohol’, says archdiocese

No such thing as ‘holy alcohol’, says archdiocese

By CBCP News

June 8, 2020

Manila, Philippines

The Archdiocese of Pampanga’s liturgical office has warned against the use of alcohol as sacramental.

In a statement issued Monday, the San Fernando Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission stressed that “there is no substitute to holy water”.

“There is no sacramental holy alcohol, that we should make the sign of the cross when we rub it to ourselves. Moreover, it should not be sprinkled on the faithful,” it said.

Since March, many churches across the country have emptied holy water fonts over coronavirus concerns.

But it is “fake news” that the church has replaced holy water with “holy alcohol”, church authorities said.

“Blessed water is the matter of baptism, using another material element or liquid makes such baptism invalid,” the commission added.

It also stressed that there are no such things as holy face masks, holy face shield, holy sanitizer, holy personal protective equipment or holy goggles.

“This is an irreverent marketing strategy or gimmick,” it said.