The “elite” of the so-called Christian world — who expect to go to heaven in the same coach in which they ride to church —would never permit their favorite popular preacher to pollute his precious person by acting as chaplain to a convict. Such an action would at once disqualify him from appearing before a “fashionable” audience.
The true priest is always at the command of the sinner. No matter how depraved his life, how ignominious his death, there, by his side, the true priest of God’s church takes his position and administers to him the same sacrament that he would bestow on the most honored citizen dying amidst the regrets of a nation.
— Editorial in defense of priests who minister to prisoners about to be hung
July 26, 1877