The Coronoavirus pandemic is hardly the first time the Church has had to navigate a major health crisis, even in the modern area. Just over a century ago, the world was ravaged by the so-called “Spanish Flu” pandemic. In the United States alone, an estimated 675,000 people lost their lives due to the disease. Public authorities across the country issued orders restricting public gatherings, including ordering churches to close.
The Spanish Flu in the US
March 31, 2020