I’m sure you’ve heard or seen over the last week as huge numbers of people waxed eloquent about a priest who stopped to pray at the scene of an accident in Missouri and how this was a “miracle” and even speculated that, since the person “disappeared” from the scene, it must have been an angel (cue the heavenly choirs). Turns out…not so much.
Posting on an article written in the National Catholic Register about the incident and the search for the mystery hero, the priest detailed what unfolded. He wrote that on his way home from a Mass — one during which he was filling in for a sick priest — he arrived at the crash scene. With authorities re-routing traffic (TheBlaze previously reported that the scene was shut down for a one-fourth of a mile radius), he waited until it was possible to get closer.
“I parked behind a large vehicle about 150 yards from the scene. I asked the Sheriff’s permission and approached the scene of the accident,” Dowling said. “I absolved and anointed Katie, and, at her request, prayed that her leg would not hurt. Then I stepped aside to where some rescue personnel and the pilot were waiting, and prayed the rosary silently.”Then, he left the scene just as the helicopter was about to leave. Interestingly, he notes that he gave his name to one of the emergency personnel, but somehow it was seemingly not passed on. Rather than taking all the glory, the priest went on to thank all of these workers, noting that they deserve accolades.
So rather than an “angel” who showed up and “mysteriously disappeared” we have a perfectly human priest driving up to the scene, doing what little he could do, and then drive away in his car. Miracles just ain’t what they used to be. Some people need to watch a lot more Scooby Doo.