What Do You Make of This?

Roman Catholic Blog linked to a story: "London Priest directed by emergency personnel to stay away from scene." I clicked, prepared to be outraged by the callousness of bureaucrats denying last rites to dying people. I mean, that's what the headline suggests, right? Noble priest goes out to help and is turned away? I was outraged, alright, but by the priest. Sorry to say, he strikes me as a coward. Several priest friends of mine went to Ground Zero on 9/11 and were able to offer comfort and help to survivors and, especially, to the rescue workers. Not one of them called and asked permission to go or waited for an invitation. They showed up and started helping. This is a sad story, but the sadness in this case is lack of zeal in the clergy, not lack of religion in the state. Do you read it that way too?