Seriously they aren't called "last rites" anymore in the Roman Catholic communion. In other words different names for the same thing. Now they would call it the Anointing of the Sick, whereas in days gone by the only time you'd be anointed in the Roman Catholic Church was when you were near imminent death.
I'm sure someone on is going to cruise in and argue because they think since they read it on the internet I must be wrong. I go by what I learned in the real world, and that was a very Roman Catholic Communion world until I joined the Eastern Orthodox Church.
They may not be called the last rites any more by the Church in its documents and mandates but us Catholic lay people still refer to them as the last rites and I'll be damned if you can find a practicing Catholic who will not call on a Priest for the last rites because someones told them that they don't exist. Also, the Priest still comes.
We may be able to have the Sacrament of Holy Unction outside of the last rites now but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Even if it is only as a practise and no longer in an official capacity.
I am on this forum to explore whether or not God's true Church is the Orthodox Church and also to try and find out as much as I can about the Orthodox Church and how it differs from the Roman Church. Its not appreciated when someone decides my question is not valid because they know better because they were a Roman Catholic. I am a Roman Catholic and I tell you that the last rites is still practiced.
Also I really don't like being told that I've learned about the last rites on the Internet.
I'm sorry if this seems blunt but what someone told you once when you were Catholic about the last rites, or any Catholic practice, doesn't change the reality of what happens in the parishes and thats what I'm talking about.
In regards to your last statement and parishes, it is VERY important to understand that most
people on this forum, and in general (when discussing theology) separate what is THEOLOGICAL (or academic study of theology, the dogmas of the church in the ecumenical councils, the Tradition, etc.) from what is PRACTICAL (or what you see in parishes).
The reality is that sometimes what is done in parishes is not a direct reflection of some of our theological foundations. Not to say that they are being heretical, just perhaps not as "theological" as some may want them to be. Does this make the wrong? Not necessarily. But neither does it make them right. If a priest or bishop is doing something that you think isn't right, the best option is to just ask them what they're doing, and why. Then check it against what you can read, what you know, and even what we discuss here. Then continue the conversation with your priest.
As you can see, having a priest to work these things out with is critical to this process as a whole. If you use the internet only for spiritual nourishment, i'm afraid you will most likely be disillusioned very fast.