Monday, June 25, 2007

Spiritual cruelty


The sick and, in some case, dying patients of the Catholic hospital of St Luke in Brussels are confronted with a Spiritual Roundabout. The Anglican who was on duty on the day that I visited did not know in which of their two chapels the Blessed Sacrament was reserved and told me it depended on my conception of the Church, which chapel I prefered. Pastoral care, not!

Last Saturday, I visited a Welsh hospital. Half of the Anglican chapel had been set aside for a Muslim prayer room. On the other side, a tabernacle in front of which burnt a red light. Whether the Catholic chaplain had placed reserved Hosts there, I know not.

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