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Priests Barred from Adminsitering Last Rites in Boston?

This is disturbing. And sad.

The heart-wrenching photographs taken in the moments after the Boston Marathon bombings show the blue-and-yellow jackets of volunteers, police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, even a three-foot-high blue M&M. Conspicuously absent are any clerical collars or images of pastoral care. This was not for lack of proximity. Close to the bombing site are Trinity Episcopal Church, Old South Church and St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, all on Boylston Street. When the priests at St. Clement's, three blocks away, heard the explosions, they gathered sacramental oils and hurried to the scene in hopes of anointing the injured and, if necessary, administering last rites, the final of seven Catholic sacraments. But the priests, who belong to the order Oblates of the Virgin Mary, weren't allowed at the scene.
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2 comments:

Mary De Voe said...

Our culture does not admit to the human being having a soul. Therefore, the priests and the Sacraments are not necessary. Who were they protecting?

Mary De Voe said...

"or prohibit the free exercise thereof." "or prohibit the free exercise thereof." used to be our First Amendment right.


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