Even heroic efforts do not always meet with success. But it is essential, if the faithful are to have confidence in their pastors, to know that they will go into battle on our behalf when it really matters.
Bishop Mark Davies reacted to Essex police preventing a priest from ministering to MP Sir David Amess after he was stabbed, saying that ‘every believing Catholic desires to hear Christ’s words of pardon and absolution for the last time.'
Father Jeffrey Woolnough decided to lead a public recitation of the rosary after being denied access to minister to Sir David Amess, who was murdered yesterday afternoon. 'I thought: if I can’t go in, then Our Lady has to go in,' Father Woolnough told LifeSiteNews.
'We have to realize that the Church’s spiritual mission, in its most fundamental aspects, for instance in the hearing of Confessions, in the bringing of Holy Communion to the faithful, and above all to the sick and the dying and to bring the sacraments to those who are seriously ill,' said the American cardinal.