Catechism of the Catholic Church

332 Part Two 1311 Candidates for Confirmation, as for Baptism, fittingly seek the spiritual help of a sponsor. To emphasize the unity of the two sacraments, it is appropriate that this be one of the baptismal godparents. 129 V. T he M inister of C onfirmation 1312 The original minister of Confirmation is the bishop. 130 In the East, ordinarily the priest who baptizes also imme- diately confers Confirmation in one and the same celebration. But he does so with sacred chrism consecrated by the patriarch or the bishop, thus expressing the apostolic unity of the Church whose bonds are strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation. In the Latin Church, the same discipline applies to the Baptism of adults or to the reception into full communion with the Church of a person baptized in another Christian community that does not have valid Confirmation. 131 1313 In the Latin Rite, the ordinary minister of Confirmation is the bishop. 132 If the need arises, the bishop may grant the faculty of administering Confirmation 133 to priests, although it is fitting that he confer it himself, mindful that the celebration of Confirma- tion has been temporally separated from Baptism for this reason. Bishops are the successors of the apostles. They have received the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders. The administration of this sacrament by them demonstrates clearly that its effect is to unite those who receive it more closely to the Church, to her apostolic origins, and to her mission of bearing witness to Christ. 1314 If a Christian is in danger of death, any priest can give him Confirmation. 134 Indeed theChurchdesires that none of her children, even the youngest, should depart this world without having been perfected by the Holy Spirit with the gift of Christ’s fullness. IN BRIEF 1315 “Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had 129 Cf. OC Introduction 5; 6; CIC, can. 893 §§ 1- 2. 130 Cf. LG 26. 131 Cf. CIC, can. 883 § 2. 132 Cf. CIC, can. 882. 133 Cf. CIC, can. 884 § 2. 134 Cf. CIC, can. 883 § 3. 1255 1233 1290 1285 1307