extreme unction

extreme unction
Question from on 07-31-2007:
Hi --

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Question: On our deathbeds when receiving the sacrament of extreme unction, must we make another general (comprehensive) confession, in effect, repeating sins already previously confessed?

Thank you,

Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 08-02-2007:
The term used by the Second Vatican Council is "the anointing of the sick," emphasizing that the sacrament is not just intended for the dying.

In case of danger of death, it is appropriate to go to confession and also receive Holy Communion. With regard to confession, only the sins committed since the last confession need to be confessed. There is no requirement of some sort of comprehensive repeated confession of sins.

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