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Michael Carlisle III

Can one receive the Anointing of the Sick for mental illness or addiction?

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Michael Carlisle III

I have moderate depression, mild OCD, and suffer from an addiction/compulsion. The pastor of my previous parish suggested I receive the Anointing of the Sick for this and administered it himself. I was uncertain if this is correct, or if I should continue to periodically receive the sacrament. 

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According to the Code of Canon Law:

CHAPTER III.

THOSE ON WHOM THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK IS TO BE CONFERRED

Can.  1004 §1. The anointing of the sick can be administered to a member of the faithful who, having reached the use of reason, begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age.

§2. This sacrament can be repeated if the sick person, having recovered, again becomes gravely ill or if the condition becomes more grave during the same illness.

Can.  1005 This sacrament is to be administered in a case of doubt whether the sick person has attained the use of reason, is dangerously ill, or is dead.

Can.  1006 This sacrament is to be conferred on the sick who at least implicitly requested it when they were in control of their faculties.

Can.  1007 The anointing of the sick is not to be conferred upon those who persevere obstinately in manifest grave sin.

 

Basically, you can receive the sacrament licitly in danger of death. It should be repeated licitly if the anointed person recovers, then again comes to be in danger of death.

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