5.5.3 Oil of the Sick

1. Since only priests may validly administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, neither deacons nor lay persons may anoint with the Oil of the Sick or simulate administering the sacrament in any way with any kind of oil. [1]



[1] c. 1003 §1; c. 1379.  Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd), n. 1516.  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Note on the Minister of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick” (2005). Available at Vatican website,
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20050211_unzioneinfermi_en.html.  
    Multidicasterial Instruction, On Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priest (1997), practical norm 9. Available at Vatican website,
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_con_interdic_doc_15081997_en.ht ml. [Hereafter Collaboration.]


Date approved by Bishop


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Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor