Talk:Anointing of the Sick (Catholic Church)
The term "last rites" in the Catholic Church is not the same as the Anointing of the sick, which is done only for people that are hoped to recover. The last rites are given to the dying and the sacrament involved is Holy Communion. There needs to be two seperate articles, one on last rites, the other on the Annointing of the sick (Extreme Unction). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 02:19, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
- The Anointing of the Sick, or Extreme Unction (the name has not been outlawed), is given to all people with a possibly mortal disease; including people that are hoped to recover, so much is true. However, it is one Sacrament, and this Sacrament is particularly (though not only) always included in the Last Rites that are given to the dying, which remains its most known, most traditionally associated, and arguably pastorally most important, use; hence, the inclusion is not quite unjustified. The only cases where Last Rites do not contain Anointing of the Sick are: i) children before the use of reason (because they have not sinned) and ii) offenders awaiting the death penalty (because their death is not due to an illness).--220.127.116.11 (talk) 17:22, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
I am going to rewrite the opening paragraph to make this article better reflect Catholic teaching. My focus will be clarifying that the Catholic Church does not recognize Protestant or Anglican annointings as valid, which is a critical to the Catholic understanding of the sacrament.Mkow88 (talk) 05:15, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
Forgiveness of Sins
Its my belief that a description of the order of the "last rites" is important to the discussion of the sacrament of anointing of the sick, as they are so closely associated with each other. If you have different thoughts, please share! But for now I think it should stay.
I did a lot of work to clean up this page to make it Catholic specific. There may be some minor rough spots. If so, please fix. Any other major revisions, please discus! Thanks! --Mkow88 (talk) 04:02, 14 November 2010 (UTC)