Must a person receive the sacrament of confession before receiving the sacrament of the sick?


#1

Hello. If a person is able, must he/she receive the sacrament of confession before receiving the sacrament of the sick?


#2

Yes, unless they are unable to confess because they are
unconscious or mentally unable to do so.


#3

Does it say this in the Code of Canon Law or in the Catechism or in some other official Catholic document? :confused:


#4

Note that, as with Communion, Confession is mandatory only if one has a mortal sin to confess.


#5

I figured that but thank you for telling me anyway. :slight_smile:


#6

Here’s the answer: of all the sacraments, only two can be enjoined while in a state of mortal sin. These are baptism and confession. For all other sacraments, one must be properly disposed (in a state of sanctifying grace) to validly participate. Hence, the answer to your original question is yes, if possible, one must confess mortal sins before recieving any sacrament (other than baptism)


#7

I expected most people did. However, in taking Communion to the homebound I still encounter an occasional case of someone who believes they must go to confession within 24 hours before. It seems worth the effort to inform a few who don’t know.


#8

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