I would like to post some texts and ask for some clarification or wisdom. I am ver confused about wether or not laity are allowed to use blessed oil it seems very clear yet in some ways unclear. I understand we can never simulate a sacrament or any way infer or allow people to belive they were recieving a sacrament. I have however hear that for centuries people have been using blessed oil for friends relatives and whomever. The two text that are in Question for me are these: I am not convinced this actually from Bishop Jacobs because it basically contradicts this second document On the Use of Blessed Oil
Bishop Sam Jacobs of the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, and Chairman of the, US Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has issued a clarification concerning the statement in the Vatican document, “Some Questions Regarding Collaboration of Nonordained Faithful in Priests’ Sacred Ministry” which reads, “Since they are not priests, in no instance may the non-ordained perform anointings either with oil of the sick or any other oil.” (Article 9 n. 1). Bishop Sam Jacobs writes:
The document in question was addressing the issue of the sacrament of the anointing of the sick which can be administered only by an ordained priest. Non-ordained laity are not allowed to administer this sacrament with the Oil of the Sick nor to use any blessed oil to administer this sacrament. When I was in Rome in March for the Ad Limina visit, I asked Cardinal Ratzinger about this question. He assured me, in front of the other bishops from Region V, that the document was only referring to the sacrament of the sick and not to the ancient custom of lay people using blessed oil, even when praying for the sick, as long as a clear distinction was being made between the sacrament of the sick and sacramental use of blessed oil, as is done with blessed salt, palms, ashes, etc.
I asked that a clarification be made to the effect and he assured me one would be coming.
I think it is necessary that people don’t extend the understanding of the authors of the document beyond their intention, which was limited and focused.
Bishop Jacobs has written to the appropriate authorities in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, asking that the bishops in the US be informed.
As always, however, the guidelines of your local ordinary should be followed.
this is the one I thought was super clear
"In using sacramentals, the non-ordained faithful should ensure that these are in no way regarded as sacraments whose administration is proper and exclusive to the bishop and to the priest. Since they are not priests, in no instance may the non-ordained perform anointings either with the Oil of the Sick or ony other oil. …"
am I missing something???
Peace in christ