A Vatican tribunal has suggested the introduction of “extraordinary hospital chaplains” during the outbreak of the coronavirus. According to the tribunal, such chaplains would, in agreement with health authorities and obeying health norms, volunteer spiritual assistance to the sick and dying.
While the proposal is gaining traction among some well-intentioned priests, many are left questioning how it would work. Will hospitals admit these new chaplains into their packed-out wards? Will they have the time and resources to train priests in cross-infection protocol and provide them with suits and masks which are in short supply, have to be personally tailored, and would otherwise be used by hospital staff?
The answer will differ immensely from one country to another. So what about Britain?