Friday, August 27, 2004

Campaign Trail: Day 10
Guymon, OK (AP) -- Amid new questions regarding his health, Rev. Stephen V. Hamilton, candidate for the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, again made no public appearances today on the campaign trail. His Press Secretary fielded questions outside of a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. "Fr. Hamilton is taking a few days of rest following a grueling schedule at last week's Clergy Days. He is meeting with his campaign advisors to plan the final push before the upcoming election," said Sr. Mary Agnes, O.P. When asked what the public should make of Fr. Hamilton's failure to make planned campaign stops, Sr. Mary Agnes stated, "As a priest, Fr. Hamilton's most sacred duty is to preach the gospel. As you know, the weekend is approaching and Fr. Hamilton is simply doing what every good priest should do: rest up and prepare for his weekend homily." She said she had no further explanation for why campaign stops had been originally planned leading up to the weekend. "This type of planning is complicated and mistakes are sometimes made," she said. When pressed on the state of Fr. Hamilton's health, Sr. Mary Agnes promptly ended the press conference, claiming her Holy Hour had begun and that she had "something important" to pray for. It is believed that she was making use of a Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes.

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