We have a question and prayer need for a man dying of cancer. He is a remarried Catholic without an annulment who doesn’t receive Communion.
Not sure if he attends Mass. His daughter-in-law’s pastor said he could receive the Anointing of the Sick and Communion because there was an exception in the case of the dying. The patient has not requested the sacraments or has agreed to a visit from the priest.
However Father said that Canon Law allowed for an exception in these cases. So assuming that this ill man would not be living in sinful actions on his death bed, if he desired to go to confession would that be sufficient to receive Communion? Second question, could he receive Communion if he did not express a desire to confess?
The pastor offering the sacraments to this man is a canon lawyer as well.
A Mass has been offered for this man.
Thank you for having Mass said for this man. Why wait until a person dies to have Masses said?
While it is true that in case of danger of death there is a great deal of flexibility given in the administration of sacraments, the sacraments – and the persons own will – are to be respected.
The Sacrament of Anointing, is one the sacraments “of the living”, that is, they are to be received by one who is in the state of grace. If a person is compos sui and make his own decision and understand what is going on, he must be given a chance to make his confession before being anointed. Otherwise, if his communication is impeded, he should indicate by signs and respond to the priest’s questions. If a person is not sui compos, cannot respond, and isn’t aware of what is going on, such a person can be anointed and, in that case, the sacrament can also act for the forgiveness of sins.
He he says he doesn’t want to be anointed, doesn’t want the priest, etc., … well… there it is.
The same is said, of course, for Communion, as Viaticum or not. If this person is not in the state of grace, if he is able he should make his confession before receiving any sacrament.
Of course danger of death can accelerate things greatly, but, if a person is able by signs or speech to indicate at least sorrow for sins and love of God, that should first be ascertained.
Everyone: GO TO CONFESSION! You don’t know when it will be your turn. Today? Tomorrow? It will happen.