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Charging money
Question from David on 3/6/2014:

Some Jehovah's Witness (JW) asked me why Catholic priests charge money to give dying Catholics last rites, and also charge money to hold a funeral Mass for the deceased.

Answer by Catholic Answers on 3/7/2014:

David--

Priests do not charge money for giving the last rites. If an individual priest did so, it would be considered simony and should be reported to his bishop. As for a funeral Mass, churches do ask for money for use of the church, and it is considered appropriate to give the priest a stipend for his service, but if a family is indigent and cannot pay then their need can be accommodated without charge.

Michelle Arnold
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