Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 21, 2020 / 12:30 pm
A Catholic woman has won her case to have a priest visit her critically-injured husband at a Maryland hospital, it was announced on Tuesday.
Susanna Marcus had filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in early June, after her husband, Sidney, was critically-injured in the ICU but could not see a priest because his condition was deemed not serious enough to warrant a visit.
Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, had limited clergy visits to cases where the patient was at the "point-of-death," out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic. The HHS OCR successfully intervened on Marcus' behalf.
It is "critically important," said Roger Severino, head of the HHS civil rights office, that "as we work to save as many lives as possible, that we don't forget what people live for. And an important part of that is living for their faith."