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[quote:16ia4zed]Thank you for your reply Scott. It is not that I’m so concerned of an unkind reply, but rather, an abrupt or unfriendly reply that makes me wish I never even asked. The Catholic faith is not as easy for me to understand as many of the Protestant faiths. There seems to be so many more rules.[/quote:16ia4zed]
It’s hard for us to understand too, my friend. <img loading=” title=”Wink” /> I teach the Catholic faith for a living, so I’d be happy to answer any questions you have…. If I don’t know the answer, I can at least direct you to another source.
[quote:16ia4zed]Could you give me an example of such a “very specific circumstance”?[/quote:16ia4zed]
[color=green:16ia4zed]From the DIRECTORY FOR THE APPLICATION OF PRINCIPLES AND NORMS ON ECUMENISM
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

On March 25th, 1993, His Holiness Pope John Paul II approved this Directory, confirmed it by his authority and ordered that it be published. Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

130. In case of danger of death, Catholic ministers may administer these sacraments when the conditions given below (n. 131) ate present. In other cases, it is strongly recommended that the diocesan Bishop, taking into account any norms which may have been established for this matter by the Episcopal Conference or by the Synods of Eastern Catholic Churches, establish general norms for judging situations of grave and pressing need and for verifying the conditions mentioned below (n. 131 ).[135] In accord with Canon Law,[136] these general norms are to be established only after consultation with at least the local competent authority of the other interested Church or ecclesial Community. Catholic ministers will judge individual cases and administer these sacraments only in accord with these established norms, where they exist. Otherwise they will judge according to the norms of this Directory.

131. The conditions under which a Catholic minister may administer the sacraments of the Eucharist, of penance and of the anointing of the sick to a baptized person who may be found in the circumstances given above (n. 130) are that the person be unable to have recourse for the sacrament desired to a minister of his or her own Church or ecclesial Community, ask for the sacrament of his or her own initiative, manifest Catholic faith in this sacrament and be properly disposed.[137]

132. On the basis of the Catholic doctrine concerning the sacraments and their validity, a Catholic who finds himself or herself in the circumstances mentioned above (nn. 130 and 131) may ask for these sacraments only from a minister in whose Church these sacraments are valid or from one who is known to be validly ordained according to the Catholic teaching on ordination. [/color:16ia4zed]

Hope you don’t mind the complete answer…..

Scott