from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Last rites?

Zsa Zsa Gabor asks for last rites

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 15 (Reuters Life!) - Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, a fixture in Hollywood for six decades, asked that a priest read her the last rites on Sunday, following hospitalization two days earlier due to complications from hip surgery.

PEOPLE-GABOR/You are a little out of date - there is no longer a sacrament of the 'last rites.'

The sacrament is called Sacrament of the Sick. It's sad to see an organization such as yours providing incorrect information.


The term “last rites” is a generic term for a ritual that is known by different names in different Christian denominations. Some Protestant denominations administer last rites to the dying but do not consider this a sacrament.

Choosing one specific term could have indicated the denomination of the priest called to her bedside, which we did not know at the time we issued this story. So we opted for the more general term “last rites” as the most appropriate phrase to use. We did not refer to this in our reports as “the sacrament of the last rites” or as a sacrament at all.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Was religion relevant?

Motive probed for US army shooting rampage

KILLEEN, Texas, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Investigators searched for the motive on Friday behind a mass shooting at a sprawling U.S. Army base in Texas, in which an Army psychiatrist trained to treat war wounded is suspected of killing 13 people.

The suspected gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim born in the United States of immigrant parents, was shot four times by police, a base spokesman said. He was unconscious but in stable condition.

I was wondering why, in the article about the suspect in the Fort Hood shooting, he was identified as, "Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim born in the United States" and the article about the Orlando gunman did NOT identify his religion?