Charity is not confined to the bedside of patients admitted to hospitals

If I understand the price that the presence of spiritual support can have for a dying person, I nevertheless feel that I disagree with the reader who is indignant that priests and chaplains are at this moment removed from the bedside of the sick (letters to readers of the March 26). How many of us, how many around the world will die, if we let it happen?

Charity commands, it is a fact, but charity is not confined to the bedside of the sick admitted to hospitals, and the apostolate of priests is exercised on all fronts with equal importance. Let us wish the sick a distance assistance but do not demand from the priests that they risk a precious life for all the faithful.

Claude Malherbe


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