If the Sacraments Aren’t Essential, Nothing Is Essential, by John Clark

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Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, “Extreme Unction,” 1846

The faithful need to be reminded, through words and deeds, that there is nothing more essential than the sacraments.

By John Clark, EWTN News, 6/15/20

Last year, I wrote a column arguing that if priests and bishops refuse to stand up for the Sacrament of Matrimony, they will eventually grow reluctant to stand up for the other sacraments as well. I sorely hoped I would be wrong. With some of the clerical responses to COVID-19, however, that’s a prediction that has come true in ways far worse than I could have imagined.

For millions of Catholics — as we all know quite well — neither clerical Baptism nor Communion nor Confession nor Matrimony nor Confirmation nor Holy Orders nor Anointing of the Sick has been available for months.

The end-of-life sacramental issues have been the most newsworthy. In some dioceses in America, dying without the sacraments has become the new normal. Many a Catholic goes to bed at night worried that if he gets sick anytime soon — with any illness — his call to the rectory might go unanswered, and sacramentally unaddressed. …

Read more here:  https://www.ncregister.com/blog/johnclark/if-the-sacraments-arent-essential-nothing-is-essential