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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Priests were not allowed to give last sacrament to dead and seriously wounded in Boston

http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?ID=561

If you do not believe the Catholic Church is being singled out for persecution, you are not paying attention.

A snippet...

Unless police officers in Boston are uniquely hostile to priests (a distinct possibility), the tide has turned very quickly on this question. On September 11, 2001, there were Catholic priests at the staging areas near the World Trade Center, giving absolution to firefighters before they rushed into the doomed building: mass-producing saints!

4 comments:

Fr. John Sanaghan said...

Limiting access to authorized responders at the scene of an emergency that is potentially still hazardous or part of an ongoing attack is standard and essential. Recall that, in the past, ambulances have been rigged with explosives and driven to the scene of an emergency and detonated among the rescuers. Some guy should not be given access simply because he’s wearing a clergy shirt. In part, that’s why fire, police and hospitals have their own chaplains. They are known, trusted and trained.

TC said...

Thank you Father for your comment, it's given me some peace of mind. I read the article earlier today and was alarmed by it (I'm a mother of an EMT who is trained as a firefighter and waiting to find a permanent full time position in that field).

Supertradmum said...

Father, I am from Iowa and no Iowa hospital on the border city has a Catholic priest on staff as these hospitals no longer do that. They have "ecumenical" chaplains.

If the police and health workers have relationships with priests, that would help.

Sadly, more and more people do not have access even in hospitals, of priests. I know of one man who wanted to convert to Catholicism and for three days his family called priests in the area, who were all too busy. He died a Methodist.


Supertradmum said...

I think with Obamacare, we cannot expect hospital chaplains in the future, if Catholic hospitals close down or give the hospitals to secular boards.