Anointing of the sick question

I feel like I should know this, but I don’t.

The sacrament of anointing of the sick provides forgiveness of sins, correct? Suppose a person were to harm someone else seriously and then attempt to take his own life. He is administered the sacrament of anointing of the sick in the hospital and later recovers. Is this person obliged to confess mortal sin that occured before the anointing of the sick in the confessional?

The CCC says:

1532 The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:

  • the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;
  • the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age;
  • **the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance; **
  • the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;
  • the preparation for passing over to eternal life.

If the person recovers and is able to then avail himself of the Sacrament of Penance, he should do so.

It forgives sin if administered to someone who is unable to first confess and receive absolution in the sacrament of penance. Don’t know why such a person would not want to confess all sins at his next confession, but if he was absolved then yes all sins including the suicide attempt, presuming he was objectively guilty in the first place, have full command of his faculties and full free will choice, were forgiven.


If he survives and recovers, he MUST go to Confession and confess his sins.

Fresh off Father Z’s blog,

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