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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENT
OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK.


Q. 1. Can you tell me who can administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick? Can a Deacon do it?

A. 1. Canon Law # 1003 answers that question. It says:

Canon Law # 1003 1. "Every priest and a priest alone validly administers the anointing of the sick."
2. "All priests to whom the care of souls has been entrusted have the duty and right of administering the anointing of the sick for the faithful entrusted to their pastoral office. For a reasonable cause, any other priest can administer this sacrament with at least the presumed consent of the priest mentioned above."

3. "Any priest is permitted to carry blessed oil with him so that he is able to administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick in a case of necessity."

As stated above, only a priest (includes the Bishop who is a priest) can validly administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. A Deacon does not have the authority to do so.



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