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Faith at the Finish Line in Boston
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/25/13 | Jennifer Graham

Posted on 04/27/2013 2:33:36 PM PDT by marshmallow

Barred from the chaotic scene of the bombing, priests nonetheless found ways to provide solace.

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.

The Rev. John Wykes, director of the St. Francis Chapel at Boston's soaring Prudential Center, and the Rev. Tom Carzon, rector of Our Lady of Grace Seminary, were among the priests who were turned away right after the bombings. It was jarring for Father Wykes, who, as a hospital chaplain in Illinois a decade ago, was never denied access to crime or accident scenes.

"I was allowed to go anywhere. In Boston, I don't have that access," he says.

But Father Wykes says he has noticed a shift in the societal role of clergy over the past few decades: "In the Bing Crosby era—in the '40s, '50s, '60s—a priest with a collar could get in anywhere. That's changed. Priests are no longer considered to be emergency responders."

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TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture
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1 posted on 04/27/2013 2:33:36 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow; OwenKellogg; bunster; thouworm; maggief; onyx; nutmeg; AllAmericanGirl44; ...

Boston Bombing ping!

More about the secularists throwing the priests from comforting people at bombing site.


2 posted on 04/27/2013 2:36:32 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: lightman

Seen this yet?


3 posted on 04/27/2013 2:39:26 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: marshmallow

I knew a priest who had been in WWII. One of his congregation had served with him and said of his service to the men when one of their planes crashed that the priest entered the crashed plane and removed as many men as he could. The plane could have blown up at any moment, yet the priest still kept going in and bringing the injured out.

When asked why he risked his life to save the injured when it wasn’t part of his duty, the priest replied: “If one of those men died and had needed a last confession, then I WAS doing my duty.”


4 posted on 04/27/2013 2:48:17 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: NYer

Another for the list.


5 posted on 04/27/2013 2:56:37 PM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: carriage_hill

Very sad.

There HAVE been instances of bogus clergy showing up at disasters—the plane that hit the bridge in DC in the early 70’s is a prime example.


6 posted on 04/27/2013 5:58:54 PM PDT by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: marshmallow
CNN interviews Crisis Actor at Marathon bombing scene and then four days later in Watertown shootout scene

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbqVqI1cWXc

Go forward and expose the Cover-up my FReeple

7 posted on 04/27/2013 5:59:22 PM PDT by STD (One day closer to street justice)
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To: lightman

I don’t remember that accident, but I thought all Clergy had access to accident scenes. Bogus ones ought to be removed from society, permanently, when caught.


8 posted on 04/27/2013 6:06:47 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: carriage_hill
Some really insightful comments here:

www.alpb.org/forum/index.php?topic=4885.0

9 posted on 04/27/2013 6:08:29 PM PDT by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: lightman

Thanks for that; it was enlightening.


10 posted on 04/27/2013 6:15:48 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: marshmallow
faith
11 posted on 04/27/2013 9:03:56 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: marshmallow

The communists have won and America is LOST


12 posted on 04/28/2013 7:13:20 AM PDT by capt B
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To: STD

The women highlighted looked similar, but I don’t think they were the same person. They were wearing different glasses— now granted one person can nave more that one pair of frames. But the other difference was the voices. If you just listen to the clips one after the other, the voices sound quite a bit different.

Just my take on it. YMMV.


13 posted on 04/28/2013 5:03:00 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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