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When is it appropriate for someone to receive the sacrament of anointing?

The sacrament of anointing is the proper sacrament for those Christians whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age.

 

May someone other than a priest anoint the sick?

No, only priests may minister the anointing.

 

May a person who developmentally disabled be anointed?

Developmentally disabled persons who lack the full use of reason can be anointed if they can be comforted by the sacrament.

 

May a person with a serious mental illness be anointed?

The sacrament of anointing can be administered to those who have a serious mental illness and who can be comforted by the sacrament. Such cases should be handled on an individual basis and in consultation with the person’s physician.

 

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