Priests Must Minister to Sick and Dying

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 25, 2020   

Masses canceled, confession hard to come by as illness spreads

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Priests are morally obligated to provide sacraments to the sick and dying. That's according to a statement by a number of bishops in Argentina, including Cdl. Mario Aurelio Poli of the archdiocese of Buenos Aires. 

Argentina is on lockdown, but the government says priests and religious leaders are exempt.

Around the world, dioceses are shutting down public Masses for fear of spreading the Wuhan virus. 

Many priests are livestreaming their private Mass. Some have developed clever methods — such as "drive-thru" confession — to keep bringing the sacraments to their people.

But other priests are simply giving up, separating Catholics from the sacraments.

Online, some Catholics report having to go to great lengths to get their newborn baptized, and some catechumens say their plans for entering the Church at the Easter Vigil have been postponed indefinitely.

In Rome, Church Militant's own Jules Gomes reports, "The situation in Rome is one of utter confusion. The air is thick with fear and rumor. If an ordinary Catholic steps into a parish church, he or she will find it open for prayer, but no priests can be found for confession or to administer the sacraments."

Some Catholics observe the worldwide spread of the Wuhan virus is exposing the division between true shepherds and the hirelings.

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