2. This rite includes not simply the celebration of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and eucharist, but also all the rites belonging to the catechumenate. Endorsed by the ancient practice of the Church, a catechumenate that would be suited to contemporary missionary activity in all regions was so widely requested that the Second Vatican Council decreed its restoration, revision, and adaptation to local traditions. (See Sacrosanctum Concilium 64-66, Ad Gentes 14, Christus Dominus 14)
Obviously, most of the cyberspace spent on RCIA will address the rites belonging to the catechumenate–generally speaking. We are properly reminded that the restoration of the catechumenate was called for in the documents on liturgy, missionary activity, and bishops. It is important to note that catechumenate activity was foreseen as a need in “all regions,” not just in classically mission lands. If Western culture is indeed a post-Christian expression, then an evangelizing spirit is certainly needed. The fruitfulness of RCIA in North America and elsewhere is a testimony to the foresight of the framers of RCIA and its pastoral application in faith communities.