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Cardinal Raymond Burke: "I've read some stories about priests who were so committed to helping a poor dying person, they went to the hospital."
Cardinal Burke says clergy must do a better job of providing the sacraments in the face of government lockdown orders, especially to the sick and dying.
In a video interview last week, the cardinal emphasized the Church's mission to save souls above concerns for the bodily health of priests ministering the sacraments.
"And therefore we need to seek the most creative solutions, in order that what people most need at a time like this is, namely, the sacraments — the ministrations of the priest — that they would have that," Burke said.
This comes as almost every diocese in the United States remains on lockdown, with no public Mass and limited access to the sacraments, all for fear of the Wuhan virus pandemic.
A handful of backwater dioceses have begun a gradual process of reopening, but it's unknown how long it will be before the rest of the Church returns to normal.
With public Mass still banned in most of the country, and some dioceses even barring confessions and baptisms, faithful Catholics are yearning for an end to this crisis — for the good of their own souls.