Sacrosanctum Concilium 69

We continue with Vatican II directives on the theme of baptism: how to receive formally (ie, through the clergy) those who have already been baptized:

In place of the rite called the “Order of supplying what was omitted in the baptism of an infant,” a new rite is to be drawn up. This should manifest more fittingly and clearly that the infant, baptized by the short rite, has already been received into the Church.

And a new rite is to be drawn up for converts who have already been validly baptized; it should indicate that they are now admitted to communion with the Church.

And this latter provision accounts for half to three-fourths of RCIA work in my experience.

Any comments?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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2 Responses to Sacrosanctum Concilium 69

  1. FrMichael says:

    I’d say your percentage is high compared to my experience, where I have worked in parishes where uncatechized/poorly catechized Catholics are placed into RCIA: they usually form a small majority.

  2. Todd says:

    Good point, Fr Fox. I’ve never included uncatechized Catholics when I’ve been in charge, and many RCIA directors steer them to a different track or setting. Our parish “catches” people up with confirmation classes annually.

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