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"Miracle Priest" Sees a Divine Plan in a Media Frenzy
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 8/17/13 | Tim Townsend

Posted on 08/17/2013 9:21:52 AM PDT by marshmallow

The Rev. Patrick Dowling was driving near Hannibal, Mo., on a two-lane highway flanked by corn stalks on one side and soy beans on the other.

Dowling had just celebrated Mass on a Sunday afternoon earlier this month, filling in for a sick colleague when he saw the accident. He pulled over, got out of his white Toyota Camry and walked toward members of the New London Fire Department who, for 45 minutes, had been having difficulty extracting 19-year-old Katie Lentz from a crushed, 24-year-old Mercedes 300E.

What he did next would unexpectedly trigger an international media frenzy over miracles, angels and divine intervention.

After officials allowed him to approach the accident, Dowling reached his arm well into the car to touch Lentz’s head with oil. “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit,” he said. “May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”

The prayer was the Anointing of the Sick, an ancient ritual with roots in Judaism that is one of Catholicism’s seven sacraments.

As the priest walked away from the Mercedes, Lentz — a member of an Assemblies of God Pentecostal church — asked him to return and pray aloud with her, which he did. He then moved out of the way so rescue efforts could resume.

Dowling said in an interview this week that he was only doing his job at the sight of someone hovering near death. “You stop and anoint because that’s what Jesus told us to do,” he said.

That casual attitude about the incident may partially explain Dowling’s unceremonious departure from the accident scene. After staying long enough to see the teen evacuated to her hometown of Quincy, Ill., he got into his.......

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1 posted on 08/17/2013 9:21:52 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
“We live in an increasingly secular age and we’re suspicious of miraculous claims,” he said. “But in all our hearts is a longing for the unusual and wonder. Whether that’s divine or not doesn’t make much difference, yet God has built into us something that seeks him.”

Christian Scientists are still on to something.

2 posted on 08/17/2013 9:28:14 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: marshmallow

The question I’ve had is: Why did he give her absolution and anointing when she is not a Catholic?


3 posted on 08/17/2013 9:34:04 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Paladin2
“We live in an increasingly secular age and we’re suspicious of miraculous claims,” he said. “But in all our hearts is a longing for the unusual and wonder. Whether that’s divine or not doesn’t make much difference, yet God has built into us something that seeks him.”

It's called wishful thinking. Same reason why people play the lottery, have excessive hope, and make up gods and religions. It permits a simulation of optimism.

4 posted on 08/17/2013 9:40:28 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett

No, though I can’t quote any studies at the moment, I think it has been shown that the mind (as an integral part of the body) has a strong influence over the (rest of the) body.


5 posted on 08/17/2013 9:48:48 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Yeah. Worrying less helps. If believing in Buddha reduces stress, it’ll help with health. Look at all the long-living Asians.


6 posted on 08/17/2013 9:52:49 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

hey A.G.

so you must have missed that part about the Good Samaritan not being a Jew.

Lurking’


7 posted on 08/17/2013 9:58:12 AM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Catholics=John 6:53-58 Everyone else=John 6:60-66)
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To: Paladin2

Read St. Augustine: “Our hearts are restless Lord, until they rest in Thee”.


8 posted on 08/17/2013 10:12:08 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Because he believes in the power of these sacraments regardless of the condition of the recipient.

It is called CHARITY.


9 posted on 08/17/2013 10:14:24 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Pastoral necessity. Danger of death trumps many restrictions in Canon Law.


10 posted on 08/17/2013 10:20:19 AM PDT by Bayard
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To: Arthur McGowan

My question is why did he let the whole thing blow up with rumors and speculation instead of coming forward at the beginning.


11 posted on 08/17/2013 10:37:21 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: marshmallow
Anointing of the Sick
 

12 posted on 08/17/2013 10:56:31 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: 353FMG

Excuuuuse me!


13 posted on 08/17/2013 11:00:48 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: bgill

The answer to your question is in the article.


14 posted on 08/17/2013 11:02:11 AM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

I guess that if, someone not of your religion, sincerely offered to pray for you, you would refuse.


15 posted on 08/17/2013 11:15:47 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Excellence

The normal person who comes across such an accident would try to find out if the girl lived or died. Someone who prayed for her would be even more interested to keep abreast of the outcome, imo. I bet the EMS and firemen took a couple minutes out of their busy days to catch a news story on it.


16 posted on 08/17/2013 12:03:53 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: bgill; Arthur McGowan

Priests’ duties are largely anonymous. The TLM is ad orientam in part because it really doesn’t matter who the celebrant is. It only matters that he is an ordained priest of God.

Same thing with this case. I have read about possibly hundreds of such cases. The priest is supposed to do his duty and then slip away. It is for God and the glory of God. Not for the priest. We are not supposed to have men of God be prancing, dancing medicine men upon the stage for all to marvel at.


17 posted on 08/17/2013 1:45:36 PM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: bgill
Someone who prayed for her would be even more interested to keep abreast of the outcome, imo. I bet the EMS and firemen took a couple minutes out of their busy days to catch a news story on it.

Seriesly? I'm seriesly biting my tongue here.

18 posted on 08/17/2013 1:51:00 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: 353FMG

No.


19 posted on 08/17/2013 2:32:45 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan
Arthur, isn't it true that Baptism opens the door to all the other Sacraments? And that in extremis --- and surely that was the case here, the whole rescue crew saw that the young woman was in danger of death --- even a non-Catholic Christian who requests it, can receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick?

Even if the priest didn't ask her if she was baptized, he could anoint her conditionally, couldn't he? Or --- if that's not quite right --- since she was asking for prayers, he could assume she had Baptism of Desire, couldn't he?

20 posted on 08/17/2013 7:25:48 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("No one on earth has any other way left but -- upward.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: James C. Bennett

Oh, more than that. It permits one to live.


21 posted on 08/17/2013 7:26:59 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("No one on earth has any other way left but -- upward.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: bgill

This particular priest spends most of his time on the road, criss-crossing the state, doesn’t watch TV, doesn’t often see a newspaper. So it says in the article. He didn’t even hear about all the publicity until days later.


22 posted on 08/17/2013 7:29:56 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("No one on earth has any other way left but -- upward.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: bgill

He asked for the young woman’s name as he was leaving -— according to another article -— and was told she would be taken to the hospital in Quincy. That’s when he made plans to visit her. It seems he was interested.


23 posted on 08/17/2013 7:32:49 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("No one on earth has any other way left but -- upward.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

To tell the truth, I’ll have to look it up. I’m not really faulting the guy, considering the circumstances.

Certainly, in ordinary circumstances, only Catholics can be absolved and anointed.


24 posted on 08/17/2013 7:41:53 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Or if she were not already baptized, he could baptize her on the spot if she requested it. I don’t think the medics would have any reason to object to her getting her head wet.


25 posted on 08/17/2013 7:45:19 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("No one on earth has any other way left but -- upward.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Spit it out.


26 posted on 08/17/2013 8:45:35 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: MarkBsnr

There’s a reason I quit the Catholic church.


27 posted on 08/17/2013 8:47:37 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Oh, more than that. It permits one to live.

I wouldn't define optimism as "permitting" life. Promote, maybe, but not permit. Even pessimistic realists live.

28 posted on 08/18/2013 5:09:18 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: bgill
There’s a reason I quit the Catholic church.

No doubt.

29 posted on 08/18/2013 6:05:36 AM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: James C. Bennett
I like the idea of human "flourishing" --- as persons, families, societies, and across generations.

A society without faith, hope and love which transcends the here-and-now won't even barely procreate (if they can help it) let alone flourish across generations. A person without faith,hope and love -- I don't know. I won't go there.


Just saw this, and had to share it. From an interview with Walker Percy.

Q. What kind of Catholic are you — a dogmatic Catholic or an open-minded Catholic?

A. I don’t know what that means. Do you mean do I believe the dogma that the Catholic Church proposes for belief?

Q. Yes.

A. Yes.

Q. How is such a belief possible in this day and age?

A. What else is there?

Q. What do you mean, what else is there? There is humanism, atheism, agnosticism, Marxism, behaviorism, materialism, Buddhism, Muhammadanism, Sufism, astrology, occultism, theosophy.

A. That's what I mean...

Q. I don’t understand. Would you exclude, for example, scientific humanism as a rational and honorable alternative?

A. Yes.

Q. Why?

A. It’s not good enough.

Q. Why not?

A. This life is too much trouble, far too strange, to arrive at the end and then be asked what you make of it and have to answer, “Scientific humanism.” That won’t do. A poor show. Life is a mystery, love is a delight. Therefore I take it as axiomatic that one should settle for nothing less than the infinite mystery and the infinite delight, i.e., God. In fact I demand it. I refuse to settle for anything less. I don’t see why anyone should settle for less than Jacob, who actually grabbed aholt of God and would not let go until God identified himself and blessed him.

Q. Grabbed aholt?

A. A Louisiana expression.

30 posted on 08/18/2013 8:54:33 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("No one on earth has any other way left but -- upward.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: James C. Bennett
I like the idea of human "flourishing" --- as persons, families, societies, and across generations.

A society without faith, hope and love which transcends the here-and-now won't even barely procreate (if they can help it) let alone flourish across generations. A person without faith,hope and love -- I don't know. I won't go there.


Just saw this, and had to share it. From an interview with Walker Percy.

Q. What kind of Catholic are you — a dogmatic Catholic or an open-minded Catholic?

A. I don’t know what that means. Do you mean do I believe the dogma that the Catholic Church proposes for belief?

Q. Yes.

A. Yes.

Q. How is such a belief possible in this day and age?

A. What else is there?

Q. What do you mean, what else is there? There is humanism, atheism, agnosticism, Marxism, behaviorism, materialism, Buddhism, Muhammadanism, Sufism, astrology, occultism, theosophy.

A. That's what I mean...

Q. I don’t understand. Would you exclude, for example, scientific humanism as a rational and honorable alternative?

A. Yes.

Q. Why?

A. It’s not good enough.

Q. Why not?

A. This life is too much trouble, far too strange, to arrive at the end and then be asked what you make of it and have to answer, “Scientific humanism.” That won’t do. A poor show. Life is a mystery, love is a delight. Therefore I take it as axiomatic that one should settle for nothing less than the infinite mystery and the infinite delight, i.e., God. In fact I demand it. I refuse to settle for anything less. I don’t see why anyone should settle for less than Jacob, who actually grabbed aholt of God and would not let go until God identified himself and blessed him.

Q. Grabbed aholt?

A. A Louisiana expression.

31 posted on 08/18/2013 8:55:04 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("No one on earth has any other way left but -- upward.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
I like the idea of human "flourishing" --- as persons, families, societies, and across generations.

A society without faith, hope and love which transcends the here-and-now won't even barely procreate (if they can help it) let alone flourish across generations. A person without faith,hope and love -- I don't know. I won't go there.

The problem is in blurring what 'faith' means.

Muslims 'flourish', in spite of total faith in the wrong god. Most of them even seem to have more stable families from my experience, at least in comparison to Western single motherhood which has just about become the norm (almost half of all new births are to single mothers in the US).

Afghanistan has one of the highest birth rates, too.

What's actually funny is that the idea of humans 'flourishing' is similar to an argument I made about the necessity of humans thriving (term that I used). A lot of people here had a problem with it.

32 posted on 08/18/2013 9:07:40 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett
"What's actually funny is that the idea of humans 'flourishing' is similar to an argument I made about the necessity of humans thriving (term that I used). A lot of people here had a problem with it."

I wouldn't have had a problem with it.

33 posted on 08/18/2013 9:42:40 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("No one on earth has any other way left but -- upward.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: Paladin2

Christian Scientists are neither Christian nor scientific. They believe that sickness and death are all just mistakes of the “mortal mind”. But “mortal” means subject to death, so how can something be subject to death, if, according to them, there is no such thing as death?


34 posted on 08/18/2013 11:45:33 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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