Cardinal Vincent Nicols has urged the Government not to bring back restrictions on churches to combat the growth of positive Covid cases.
Speaking to the BBC, ahead of Christmas Midnight Mass, the cardinal said people can “make good judgements themselves”.
He said: “We don't need stronger impositions to teach us what to do.
“I would sincerely appeal that they do not again consider closing churches and places of worship.
“I think this country has shown that people can make good judgements themselves. We're at that point of saying we understand the risk.
“We know what we should do.
“Most people are sensible and cautious.
“We don't need stronger impositions to teach us what to do.”