Presently if a child is under the age reason he/she cannot receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. The main reason is that the Sacrament of Anointing takes away sin. A child under the age of reason has not sinned therefore they can’t receive this sacrament of healing. If we follow this argument to it logical conclusion we ought not to Anoint the severely mentally disabled. They have not committed personal sin either.
The main argument in my paper is that this sacrament is primarily about healing and only secondarily about the forgiveness of sin.
Some thoughts’ We read in Mark Gospel “That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons.”(1:32) Isn’t it safe to assume that Children were among the number of those healed by Jesus. One of the points in my paper is that the Sacrament of Anointing is meant to be an extension in time of the healing ministry of Jesus. While it is true that there are other channels of healing other than this sacrament, Such as: prayer, intercession of the saints, the Catechism of the Catholic Church as tells us “The Holy Spirit gives to some a special charism of healing so as to make manifest the power of the grace of the risen Lord.”CCC 1508)
In the Gospel we are told the story of the disciples-with the blind man in front of them! argue about who sinned-this man or his parents, that he was born blind, causing his blindness. The Lord says clearly: neither him or his parents; he is so in order that the works of God be made manifest in him.
It seems to be that Jesus might want the Church to be able to anoint a sick 5 year old child with a brain tumor-even tho he/she has not committed personal sin because like the man born blind the healing is to manifest in him/her the power and love of God.