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31. The Minister of Extreme Unction

1. Since the remission of actual sins comes by extremeunction, and since the office of forgiving sins is proper toChrist's priesthood, no lay person can administer thissacrament.

2. Nor can a deacon administer it. Scripture says (James5:14) with reference to extreme unction: "Is any man sickamong you? Let him bring in the priests of the church . .."

3. The conferring of extreme unction is not reserved tobishops; this sacrament is regularly conferred by any priest withinthe parish or district assigned to his care by competentecclesiastical authority.

"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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