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  • Anointing of the Sick: A Healing Intervention at the Bedside [Catholic caucus]

    04/26/2011 11:21:05 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 7 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 4/26/2011 | Fr. Christopher M. Saliga, O.P. R.N.
    Within clinical practice, I frequently encounter well-intentioned people who erroneously confuse “healing” with cure, people such as fellow health care professionals, Catholic patients and their family members, health care proxy decision makers, among others. Following upon this confusion, they misunderstand the place of the “healing sacraments” such as the Eucharist, reconciliation, and anointing of the sick in patients’ overall quests for “healing.” When this occurs, these folks “tend to consult priests for sacramental interventions when it is thought that there is nothing left to do but pray — a last-ditch, placebo-type ‘holistic’ palliative intervention.”