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  •  I can baptize a Catholic (0+ / 0-)

    I can't do Extreme Unction because I have no consecrated oil and we operate with the assumption that a priest is required. I wasn't aware that Catholic laymen could do it. Same for Communion, including Episcopalians. Can Catholic laymen consecrate oil and host?

    Sorry for the OT, but I'm curious. Demfem might have some good info for me!

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    by bleeding heart on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 06:40:42 PM PDT

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    •  No, just baptism and extreme unction (0+ / 0-)

      and then only when there is no priest available. Extreme Unction can be done with spit if needed, has been on the battlefield at times. You can get consecrated oil sent to you by any bishop, I think, all you have to do is write one and explain the circumstances and I am sure they will forward some to you. But extreme unction and baptism can be done with what is at hand by a Catholic layperson. This exception is due to the fact that so many people are born and die in remote places, remote from the nearest priest, that the spiritual comfort of the first and last rites needed to be made available to them. So, Catholic laymen may baptize and give extreme unction in circumstances where a priest is not available.

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      by Demfem on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 06:48:17 PM PDT

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