Anointing of the Sick
Part 4 The Ritual: 
Pastoral Care of the Sick

Chapter s42 Visits to a Sick Child

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Theology

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

 

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Bibliography

 

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Theology

Anointing Children: -- A priest friend once told me that when he was a hospital chaplain, he once refused to anoint a two-year old, after explaining to the mother that the child had to have "sufficient use of reason" to be comforted by the sacrament. After reflecting on this decision with his CPE supervisor, he came to a broader interpretation of "sufficient use of reason," now he no longer refuses a mother's request.  He concluded that a priest should consider making "pastoral exception" in these situations when the Infant's parents request the sacrament.  I know many priests who have come to the same pastoral conclusion.

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