Priest says he was not allowed to offer Sir David Amess a final prayer

Oct 18, 2021 by

by Cara Bentley, Premier:

A Priest who rushed to the scene of Sir David Amess’ attack on Friday says he was denied the opportunity to offer the MP the last rites.

In the Catholic tradition, the last rites are the final prayers said to commend the person to God’s mercy.

Sir David Amess MP, who died on Friday, was a Catholic, and a supporter of religious freedom and traditional religious values.

Following his stabbing at his constituency surgery on Father Jeffrey Woolnough, a local Roman Catholic priest, arrived to offer Sir David the last rites.

However, the priest was denied entry and stood on the street with another man reciting the rosary.

He told The Telegraph: “I said I was the local Catholic priest and showed them my card but I wasn’t allowed. They said no one was allowed on the crime scene.

“Now we know more about what happened I can perhaps understand it, but it’s still a great disappointment for any Roman Catholic – they want to receive the last rites.”

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