In the event of someone’s imminent death where no priest is available, I know I can baptize the dying person (I’m not a priest,) but if a dying person has already been baptised and wants reconciliation, can a layperson forgive his sins? I would assume the person is NOT supposed to do a full verbal confession of those sins.
ALSO, since the Catholics count the Orthodox sacraments as valid (and I THINK the EO position is not to render any judgment on sacraments outside of Orthodoxy, but I could be wrong),) do they consider it basically the same as catholic sacraments? I’m assuming he Catholic church thinks theirs is better, and vice versa for the Orthodox, but is there any quantification or explanation of the difference? Seems to me that if I am remorseful and ask my priest for absolution, the charge given all priests in the Orthodox or Catholic Churches are valid, so there would be no difference. There SHOULD be no feeling that a Catholic sacrament administered to a Catholic is somehow “less” than an EO sacrament administered to an EO, or vice versa. But I suspect the feeling is there. I would really like to be wrong about this!