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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.

"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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