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POLL: Is Live Streaming Catholic Mass The Same As Participating?

Fr. Jay Finelli of Tiverton's Holy Ghost Church broadcast his Easter vigil on his website. Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence's Roman Catholic Diocese reportedly said viewing it live doesn't count.

POLL: Is Live Streaming Catholic Mass The Same As Participating?

It's known that in Tiverton has a strong presence on the Internet, with Fr. Jay Finelli having a worldwide reach with his blog and podcast. He discusses all trending subjects and issues in Catholicism.

With that, Finelli administers live iPadreTV where viewers can watch any mass happening at his church. He has webcams on his ceiling and one near the choir. The first time he conducted a Latin Mass 300 viewers tuned in.

“I think it’s great – another opportunity,” said Father Jay in an interview last year. “We’re not limited. We are everywhere.”

It was no different this weekend where their Saturday night Easter vigil and Sunday morning service streamed live. They will eventually get it posted to the iPadreTV archives.

Bishop Thomas Tobin, of Providence's Roman Catholic Diocese, reportedly told The Providence Journal that watching a live virtual Mass does not "fullfill the obligation" of attending. Other church leaders, including the Vatican, have made differing interpretations of live streaming Mass.

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