I’m not sure if this would fit in “Traditional Catholicism” or “Liturgy & Sacraments”. I was recently watching an episode of The Journey Home and the guests were reverts from a Pentecostal background. At one point one of the guests mentioned how laypeople would ‘lay hands’ on people for physical healing. I know this is a common practice in that tradition. However, next she mentioned how she didn’t realize it but we could do that as Catholics as well. It didn’t sound right to me.
I’m sure we can do that. as lay Catholics. However, it sounds suspiciously like the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, which I believe requires a priest? Now, I realize that we can as laypeople do that, and I do realize that God is bigger than the Church and her rules. Having said that, I also realize that He prefers the ordinary way we receive that sacrament through the Church. I guess my real question is, what exactly is Church teaching on that particular sacrament? Is laying hands on someone for healing that sacrament? If so, if laypeople attempt it, is it valid? Also, I realize that what Pentecostals (and other Protestant groups) refer to as “The Gifts of the Spirit” are actually what Mother Church refers to as “The Charisms”? What is the Church’s teaching on these? Thank you in advance for all your answers.