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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 commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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