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Q. 1. Can non-Catholics receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?

A. 1. Yes, under certain circumstances, non-Catholics can receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

The circumstances are:

- They must be baptised.
- They must be in danger of death.
- They must not be able to approach a minister of their own community.
- They must ask for the Catholic Sacraments.

On this matter, the Code of Canon Law # 844 4. states: "If the danger of death is present or if, in the judgment of the diocesan bishop or conference of bishops, some other grave necessity urges it, Catholic ministers administer these same sacraments licitly also to other Christians not having full communion with the Catholic Church, who cannot approach a minister of their own community and who seek such on their own accord, provided that they manifest Catholic faith in respect to these sacraments and are properly disposed."

This is why the Catholic Church allows baptised non-Catholic Christians to receive, not only the Sacrament of the anointing of the sick, but also the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion under certain circumstances.

Jesus died for all! For that reason, whatever can be done to save a Catholic or baptised non-Catholic, it should be done to ensure that the individual shall be in a state of grace when he enter Heaven, such being his assurance of eternal life in the kingdom of God.

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