[quote="Corki, post:1, topic:187078"]
Can someone settle a disagreement, please? If you have any documents, that would be helpful too.
I have had several people, including one deacon, tell me that when someone is in danger of death, that a deacon can perform all of the "last" rites with the exception of Confession/Absolution. The deacon was very adamant that he can do the annointing and the Apostolic blessing as well as give Viaticum and say the prayers for the dying.
I have always thought that the Apostolic blessing and the annointing were reserved to priests. And, of course, absolution.
he is absolutely wrong. they actually had a special meeting about this issue a few years ago when I first came to this diocese, I think it was a national thing because my spiritual director at the time was a hospital chaplain and he attended. It appears that many chaplains, even sisters and lay persons, were doing the anointing and prayers, without confession, and the true teaching on the sacrament was reiterated and a definitive ruling repeated. he cannot perform any part of the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. He can administer communion and say certain prayers and blessings, but these is not part of that sacrament. Penance and confession are also a separate sacrament, reserved to the priest, and are part of the Last Rites, which also include the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and administering Viaticum.