Boston priests say they understand police policy at Marathon bombing site
CWN – May 10, 2013
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Two Catholic priests who were turned away from the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing have said that they understand the reasons why police refused to allow them access to wounded bombing victims.
Father Tom Carzon, OMV, said that media reports suggesting tensions between police and priests were mistaken. He told the Boston Pilot, the archdiocesan newspaper, that he understood the desire of police officers to keep people away from what was still considered a danger zone.
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While I understand that the police have a tough job, I don’t understand by what authority they can prevent the clergy to an area?
I don’t want to be an asshat, but the clergy are not tourists. And as smart people, they know the risk and how stay out of the way. If they are willing to risk their lives going into danger freely, willingly, and intelligently, then why should they be prevented from doing the Lord’s work.
I find it inspiring when people go towards danger to help. Hope I have that type of courage when the time comes.
I’d suggest that the clergy have some serious conversations with the police about the First Amendment.
And may all our challenges be much smaller.
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