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Tag Archives: Sacrament of Anointing
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently I was in the hospital being treated for cancer. I had a private room and my wife was in the room with me. Suddenly a priest came into the room, introduced himself and asked if … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife is pregnant and the baby is not doing so well (has a cystic hygroma and some heart issues – if you can pray for her, her name is Angela Fatima)…my question is a priest … Read More
ASK FATHER: Does the Sacrament of Anointing *always* forgive sins or are there conditions that must be met?
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have received extreme unction four times since April. Does the Anointing *always* forgive sins or are there conditions that must be met. I’m worried now since through my own lack of planning COVID-19 and just … Read More
UPDATE Concerning something I ranted about below, I read this at CNA: Updated: Springfield, Mass. diocese rescinds policy permitting nurses to anoint Thanks be to God. One hour after the publication of the story below, the Diocese of Springfield informed … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: If a hospital patient that is able to confess still gets the sacrament of the sick does it just forgive venial sins or mortal ones too? First, let’s be clear about something. The sacrament of anointing … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a Bishop give a permanent Deacon (Military Ordinariate) the authority to administer the Sacrament of the Sick? NO! One hundred times… NO! Deacons are not able to administer Anointing of the Sick. Only the sacerdos (which term … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: 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 … Read More
ASK FATHER: My unconscious aunt died after being anointed: was she forgiven? (Wherein Fr. Z also rants.)
From a reader… QUAERITUR: My aunt recently passed away two major strokes. After her second, my uncle, an openly declared agnostic, asked me if she should have a priest. I replied in the affirmative, and the hospital had a priest … Read More
In the last few hours some of you have sent similar questions. QUAERITUR: How long after death can the Sacrament of Anointing be administered? Sometimes we say “Last Rites”, though technically Last Rites includes Penance, Anointing and Viaticum (Eucharist), and hopefully … Read More
From a priest … QUAERITUR: Every year at this time, my pastor has a communal anointing of the sick at mass. At the mass, everyone gets anointed, whether they need it or not. Is this correct? What should I, a lowly … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: What does apostolic pardon mean? The Apostolic Pardon, or Benediction, forgives temporal punishment due to our sins, not the sins themselves. If anything remains from our lives, provided we die in the state of grace, for … Read More
I recently went to a family home to anoint a fellow who is seriously ailing. They participate regularly in the Extraordinary Form at the parish where I help out and so I took my old Roman Ritual (the rite is … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I´m writing from Spain where sadly, a nurse is extremely ill with Ebola virus. She was infected while treating a Spanish missionary who was brought back from Africa to get treated. My question is this: imagine … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: In my Religion book by Fr. Laux, “Mass and the Sacraments”, he says without any explanation that soldiers going into battle and criminals before execution cannot receive Extreme Unction. I get the soldiers part, but why … Read More
From a reader: I am a graduate student at ___, and over the past few weeks have received two emails (one related to the tragedy this past weekend) for “Healing Masses” in which (quoting the one) “priests…will be available to administer … Read More
From a reader: Am I allowed to take home communion for my sick wife & in what. You are to be commended for wanting to help your wife benefit from the Eucharist. I hope she is better soon. The short … Read More
From a reader: I understand that the Sacrament of the anointing is not the same as the apostolic pardon. Why is it that some priests do not say those words for this pardon and give both the blessing and the … Read More
From a reader: Can mortal sins be forgiven in the sacrament of Extreme Unction? The Catechism of Trent seems to say no: “Pastors, therefore, should teach that by this Sacrament is imparted grace that remits sins, and especially lighter, or … Read More