Category Archives: RCIA

RCIA 480: Questioning the Original Baptism

Roman Catholics do not repeat valid baptisms. This is pretty simple easy: 480. The sacrament of baptism cannot be repeated and therefore it is not permitted to confer it again conditionally,  unless there is a reasonable doubt about the fact … Continue reading

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RCIA 477-479: Doctrinal and Spiritual Preparation

Nobody’s asked the question, but in our look at receiving baptized Catholics, I’m sure somebody has thought, “What about catechesis?” Strictly speaking, this would be less a matter for liturgy and more for the catechetical directory. Note the twofold preparation … Continue reading

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RCIA 475-476: Reception Centers on the Eucharist

These two sections remind us of the centrality of the Eucharist in this rite. I can’t imagine celebrating a baptized Christian’s full communion with the Catholic Church without it, but apparently, the framers of the rite could: 475. In regard … Continue reading

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RCIA 473-474: Receiving the Baptized

Sections 473 through 486 give three pages of information on the Church’s approach to receiving baptized Christians into full Communion. These sections, along with the rites (texts and rubrics, RCIA 487-504) deal with non-Catholics, whether catechized or not. In the … Continue reading

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RCIA 464-472: Penitential Rite

The Pentitential Rite, the quasi-scrutiny for the baptized, includes a greeting (RCIA 464) in which the priest “welcomes the assembly” and an explanation that this rite will have “different meanings for the different participants.” And those participants: candidates, those preparing … Continue reading

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RCIA 459-463: Penitential Rite

In the 1972 provision edition of RCIA (think Roman Missal 1 here; our examination has been the equivalent of MR2) there was no penitential rite for baptized candidates. The Lenten scrutinies are designed for the unbaptized, in intent and language. … Continue reading

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RCIA 450-458: Rite of Calling Candidates to Continuing Conversion

All of the extra action in this rite takes place after the homily. RCIA 450 is virtually a word-for-word repetition of RCIA 438, in which the homily is to be addressed to the entire faith community present to encourage good … Continue reading

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