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Anointing of the Sick
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The sacramental anointing of the sick today holds little pastoral appeal. Sick people send for the doctor, not for the priest. Only when medical science and skill fail, do they ask for the sacrament of the sick. This sacrament is considered as the herald of coming death, and people keep away from it as long as possible. Even when presented as the sacrament of the sick, if not of healing, rather than as the sacrament of the dying…

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Prudent De Tetter, “Anointing of the Sick”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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