Tagged: Sacraments

Can Deacons Anoint the Sick?

During a healing service at a parish in a South African diocese, the deacon invited and anointed those present with the sacred oil of the sick. This was distressing because the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Code of Canon Law expressly forbid anyone but a valid priest or bishop from anointing in this way?

Communion: who may come up

At a funeral service the celebrant stated that practising Catholics could receive Communion, but non-practising Catholics could not. He also said that practising non-Catholics could receive. Another celebrant on another occasion said that non-Catholics...

Hygienic Communion

I learned to receive Communion on the tongue, which was the custom for past generations. Aids is transferred through bodily fluids (mucous membranes). The priest cannot deny anybody to receive Communion on the tongue,...