Can somebody tell me the difference between

by hamsterbait 4 Replies latest jw friends

  • hamsterbait

    Extreme unction and the last rites?

    According to a catholic friend, somebody we know died. I am sure that as he died in his sleep they sh0ould not be saying he went to heaven, but purgatory, as he recieved neither of these.

    Maybe the WThas misinformed us on catholic dogma again.


  • Hope4Others

    The inference that unction is the force and energy with which a preacher preaches as a true believer, or something like that.

    Unction means anointing - unguent which is a cream or lotion comes from the same word; so does unctuous which means greasily obsequious. Extreme unction means final anointing ....or lubrication

    Here is a Catholic dictionary for further read on this. There is an extreme amount of info.....

    Extreme unction:

    Burial rites: normally are given before actual death or as they say on your death bed.

  • JimmyPage

    I had extreme unction once when I was constipated but I felt a lot better after some effort.

  • Sad emo
    Sad emo

    They're both the same thing hamster. 'Extreme unction' was just the posh official name!

    Today its referred to as 'the anointing of the sick' because its meant to be a sacrament for praying over anyone who's sick and anointing them with oil (as per the letter of James) - the problem was that because it had always been called 'last rites' or 'extreme unction', it had merely become the church's fond farewell!

    As for heaven or purgatory - the official teaching generally is that if the person had unconfessed sins when they died then they go to purgatory. If they had the anointing of the sick, then whether they were awake or unconscious at the time (but incapable of verbally confessing), their sins have been absolved - so they should go to heaven. However this may be complicated by the classification of venal and mortal sins - the former get instantly wiped out but the mortal ones, even though absolved, may still require the penance of purgatory.

    Sheesh, how many times does a catholic have to pay for or have their sins paid for?! I can't think why I fell for it for so many years!

    emo of the 'if any of my family are reading this I don't want masses offered for me when I die cos my sins are paid for in full' class!

  • WTWizard

    And yes, the Filthful and Disgraceful Slavebugger did misinform you, and everyone else, about Catholic doctrine. And, for that matter, the whole Bible.

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