Skip to comments.[CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Zsa Zsa Gabor asks for 'last rites' from priest
Posted on 08/15/2010 3:07:45 PM PDT by markomalley
Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Zsa Zsa Gabor asked her husband to call a priest to her hospital bedside "to read her the last rites" Sunday, according to her publicist.
Gabor, 93, is "in very serious condition" at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to her husband, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt.
"It's a sad time for them right now," spokesman John Blanchette said Sunday.
The actress has been hospitalized for most of the past month since breaking her hip in a fall from bed on July 17.
Saturday marked Gabor's 24th wedding anniversary with Von Anhalt, her eighth husband.
She was rushed to the hospital from her Bel Air, California, home Friday night, Blanchette said.
She underwent surgery for the removal of a blood clot that night, a complication relating to her recent hip replacement surgery, he said.
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I pray she is reconciled to Christ through His Church
“I pray she is reconciled to Christ through His Church”
Me too, not that I have any standing here.
LOL .. I thought the same thing.
Same here. If it is her time, vaya con Dios, Zsa Zsa.
Now you know why Jesus said there will be no marrying in heaven-- (: -- Allah promises 72 virgins for one man. Zsa Zsa would be most miserable there however! Good thing Imam's don't give out free last rites!
no, according to the Catholic church she has had one marriage. The rest were not sacramental marriages according to the church.
And yes, she can return to the church. If the good thief got forgiven, so can ZvaZva.
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“no, according to the Catholic church she has had one marriage. The rest were not sacramental marriages according to the church.
And yes, she can return to the church. If the good thief got forgiven, so can ZvaZva.”
I’m not sure what the pre-conditions are for the Last Sacrament, but doesn’t she have to renounce her current marriage in order to receive absolution? Or are the previous marriages invalid, and the current marriage has been blessed and/or validated? Just asking.
I, of course, hope she is reconciled to Christ and passes with her soul in the state of grace.
All she has to do is renounce sexual relations. Since the marriage is invalid, her sin is adultery if her real husband is still alive, otherwise fornication. If still sexually active, she’d be required to remove herself from the proximate occasion of sin as well and move out. If no longer sexually active, she’d be allowed to continue to live as brother and sister with her 8th ‘spouse’.
If her real husband is still alive, she might be required to restore ‘bed and board’ with him, though that’s not always necessary if there is a canonically licit reason for her separation (ie, abuse, adultery on her husband’s part).
There might also be the sin of scandal, since others might have been led into sin by her example.
What’s important to note is that neither the sacraments of penance nor of extreme unction are efficacious without a firm purpose of amendment.
Anyway, ‘last rites’ would consist of confession, anointing of the sick (extreme unction) and Holy Communion.
Thank you so very much for the clarification and lucid narrative.
“Firm Purpose Of Amendment” means to go forward with Love for God, and renounce all attachment to sin, or occasions of sin, correct?
PS: This renouncement should be motivated by a desire to never offend God again.
According to IMDB, she’s actually had 9 husbands. Looks like one annulment — the husband she was married to for one day:
Frédéric von Anhalt (14 August 1986 - present)
Felipe de Alba (13 April 1983 - 14 April 1983) (annulled)
Michael O’Hara (27 August 1976 - 1982) (divorced)
Jack Ryan (21 January 1975 - 24 August 1976) (divorced)
Cosden Jr., Joshua S. (9 March 1966 - 18 October 1967) (divorced)
Hutner, Herbert (5 November 1962 - 3 March 1966) (divorced)
George Sanders (2 April 1949 - 2 April 1954) (divorced)
Conrad Hilton (10 April 1942 - 1947) (divorced) 1 child
Belge, Burhan (1937 - 1941) (divorced)
Saints of God, come to her aid!
most of us don’t know those answers.
But if she repents her sin of irregular marriages, and says she’s returning to God, that should work. You don’t really “repent” the marriage per se, but the irregularities (ignoring the law of God) in the marriage.
Theoretically, if her first husband died, and the rest of the marriages were with clerks at city hall/secular marriage, she could simply get her present marriage “blessed”.
At the point of death, a lot of these legalistic rules can be ignored if a person wants the sacrament...and usually the anointing is done after the person confesses their sins. If they are very sick, the priest might just ask for a sign that they repent, and give them absolution even if they aren’t able to speak or move. figuring God knows what is in their mind.
It worked for the woman at the well, who had 5 husbands and was living in sin...so there is hope for ZvaZva.
May she receive comfort in her last hours.
Thank you. And yes, that’s what a firm purpose of amendment is, most importantly, with regards to mortal sin.
Although she has had many husbands, the Church only recognizes the first. But you have to understand, she has outlived ALL of them. With the exception of the past 24 years being with the last husband. So she just might be in full communion with the church :) We all have sins, I’m glad she had the chance to be given last rites, most familys wait until it is to late to administer them: From a Catholic Priest friend: “last rites” are Viaticum, including Apostolic Pardon, Renewal of Baptismal Promises, Confirmation, and Communion. Often, the family (and the patient) wait too long to call for the priest, because we are seen as a sign of death instead of life. Therefore, the main part of the real “last rites” Viaticum, Food for the Journey, can’t be ministered.
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