Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum permitted

Friday, September 11 morning the Premier clarified that under the care and compassion grounds, it is completely permissible for clergy (priests and deacons) to offer the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and administer Viaticum to those seriously ill and in danger of death while complying with all hygiene precautions and protocols of local hospitals or aged-care facilities.

The unannounced change to the DHHS Guidelines came to Archbishop Comensoli’s attention yesterday  (Thursday September 10) and the matter was immediately raised with the Premier’s Office. The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has been diligent in meeting government guidelines during this challenging time of the COVID pandemic for the wellbeing of all people and for the common good of our community.
Let us continue to pray for all those facing sickness and death and for all our front liners providing important care at this time.