And I would very much hope a pastoral representative in a hospital would be prepared to offer solace to anyone of ANY creed...the priests and pastors I grew up with had the education to be able to do that. If one's faith forbids that one prays with someone who isn't, and does not choose to be, of the same faith as oneself, one should I think refrain from working in a mixed setting.
And if you please, you make a very large assumption yourself when you say that "the priests and pastors I grew up with had the education to be able to do that", because that is, in essence, saying that anyone with convictions otherwise is obviously uneducated. Perhaps that is not what you meant, but what can one see in your comment but what you write?
You are right that my use of the term "educated" was probably ill advised in terms of being inflammatory, and I apoligize for that. I do believe that the kind of classical education that my great-grandfather had to have to become a priest (Greek, Latin, Aramaic--so he could read all the versions of the Bible in the original--and science, and philiosophy, and as much history as was available then, etc) was superior to what is often offered today (call me an old fart, and you'd be correct....I think his generation was hecka more educated by the end of 8th grade than I got in all my years of college.)
But I know what I was implying, and you're right, it wasn't kind. You pointed it out, and responded, quite graciously.
This is a stalemate that has been reached before on this board and, thankfully, although I just violated the rules somewhat, I am glad we don't get to get too much into politics, religion, and so forth. It seems nearly impossible for well meaning people to discuss these things in a reasonable way. (present company excepted)