Confession for the speech-impaired

I know someone who will be physically unable to speak after a surgery for cancer of the tongue. We are concerned about how such a person can receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation validly. If someone could help, please, it would be much appreciated.
God bless.

Check the USCCB document “Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities.”

Paragraph 24 states:

Catholics who are deaf should have the opportunity to confess to a priest able to communicate with them in sign language, if sign language is their primary means of communication. They may also confess through an approved sign language interpreter of their choice (Canon 990). The interpreter is strictly bound to respect the seal of confession (Canons 983, sect. 2 and 1388, sect. 2). When no priest with signing skills is available, nor sign language interpreter requested, Catholics who are deaf should be permitted to make their confession in writing. The written materials are to be returned to the penitent or otherwise properly destroyed.

While the document refers to people who are hearing impaired, the allowance would logically extend to people who are speech impaired, as in the situation you have described above.

I hope that helps.

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