The New York Times Quotes the Honors College Dean and History Professor Ralph Keen in a Story on How the Pandemic Affected Centuries-Old Catholic Rituals

The New York Times quotes Ralph Keen, UIC professor of history, Schmitt Chair of Catholic studies, and dean of the Honors College, in a story on Catholic priests anointing the dying with oil and how the coronavirus pandemic has made the centuries-old ritual difficult to administer. Keen says it’s meant to be a sacrament of comfort and “very hard for modern secular individuals to grasp the level of despair” that some individuals and families may feel because their loved ones cannot receive last rites during the pandemic.