Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Suprising Facts About the Sacraments

Some of these facts are more obscure than others but I bet that they would surprise many Catholics.
  • A sincere intention to go to confession can absolve someone who dies before they can confess.
  • The sacrament of the Eucharist is legitimately performed in the Orthodox Church, but they ban Roman Catholics from receiving Communion.
  • Traditionially, Confirmation precedes First Communion.
  • If a couple are trapped on a desert island or are otherwise prevented from seeing a priest, they may marry each other without the presence of a priest.
  • In the Orthodox Church and in several Roman Catholic Rites, the faithful are baptized, confirmed, and receive Holy Communion in infancy.
  • All priests, including the Pope, are also deacons.  
  • If confession cannot be heard because of serious health or time constraints, a priest may grant absolution without confession.
  • Last Rites consists of three parts, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, and Viaticum, the last reception of Communion.
  • Canon Law names abduction as an official impediment to marriage.  Don't kidnap someone in order to marry them.  It's bad.

8 comments:

  1. The main reason this would surprise many (if not most) Catholics is because they have no idea of what a sacrament actually is.

    No one teaches the kids "outward sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace." Flowing from that is lack of knowledge of "matter and form" and on, and on.

    Trust me (said the spider to the fly), after teaching RE to older kids for close to 10 years, I'm in the position to know the young kids are taught nothing. They do crafts.

    Until we return to the young kids memorizing their catechism this nonsense will continue...

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  2. "If a couple are trapped on a desert island or are otherwise prevented from seeing a priest, they may marry each other without the presence of a priest."

    I knew that! Will definitely be helpful if I'm trapped on a desert island :)

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  3. I knew most of these facts.
    This one I hadn't heard of "The sacrament of the Eucharist is legitimately performed in the Orthodox Church, but they ban Roman Catholics from receiving Communion."

    I didn't realize that the Orthodox prohibited Roman Catholics from receiving Communion.

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  4. Adrienne: I remember making a lot of things with yarn and popsicle sticks.

    Not a minx: Happy to provide you with useful information! ;)

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  5. Teresa: The Catholic Church is more tolerant in that regard. Orthodox are welcome to receive communion at a Catholic parish.

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  6. In the Latin Church, the teaching about the sacrament of marriage is that the couple marry themselves with the priest as witness for the Church. There is a slightly different view in the Eastern Catholic. But that is why couple on the island are considered validly married.

    "All priests, including the Pope, are also deacons." Which is why all bishops (but not priests) are supposed to wear the dalmatic under the chasuble. But in practice I have only seen Papa Benedetto doing so.

    The confirmation before communion goes back to the days when all 3 sacraments were confered at once as they still are in the Eastern Rites, or when an adult joins the Church at Easter Vigil. & because back in the days of yore it was the bishop who presided, that is why confirmation was reserved for the Bishop when the confering of the 2 were seperated in the Latin Rite.

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  7. Al: I had no idea that the East has a different tradition of marriage. What do they believe exactly?

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  8. While the Latin Church views the couple as confering marriage, in the Eastern Catholic Churches it is the priest or bishop (never a deacon) who is minister of the sacrament. It is confered through the act of crowning the couple. See Catechism paragraph 1623.

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