But Catholic columnist and former editor of The Tablet Catherine Pepinster retorted: “If cathedrals are safe enough to use as vaccine hubs, why are they closing for worship?” “Loving one’s neighbor has gone hand in hand with loving God. Never before has it taken over and caused worship to be banished,” the English historian emphasized. “This decision to replace prayer with pin pricks is the inevitable consequence of the way in which devotion to the NHS has become a quasi-religion,” Pepinster explained.”Once pilgrims would have waited to receive blessings from deacons, priests and cathedral deans. Now they queue patiently for succor from nurses, doctors and NHS high-ups,” she added.
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