Skip to comments.Faith at the Finish Line in Boston
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 erain the '40s, '50s, '60sa priest with a collar could get in anywhere. That's changed. Priests are no longer considered to be emergency responders."
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Boston Bombing ping!
More about the secularists throwing the priests from comforting people at bombing site.
Seen this yet?
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.”
Another for the list.
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.
Go forward and expose the Cover-up my FReeple
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.
Thanks for that; it was enlightening.
The communists have won and America is LOST
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.