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Author:  Lucian Hodoboc [ Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:40 am ]
Post subject:  Conversion to Catholicism

What are the steps a person from another Christian denomination has to take in order to be accepted into the Catholic Church? :?

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

If the person has not been validly baptized, that needs to happen.
If the person has been validly baptized but not validly confirmed, that needs to happen, almost always preceded by confession and absolution.
If the person has been validly baptized and validly confirmed, he needs to make a formal profession of Catholic faith.

Depending on the person's background, he may need to go through a series of preparatory classes or meetings with instructors (priests, other teachers) to be sure he is adequately prepared for the responsibilities he will accept.

Author:  Lucian Hodoboc [ Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

Thank you for your answer. Gotta be honest: it sounds quite complicated.

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

Not really. A person has to receive the sacraments of initiation, and he or she must be ready to do so, insofar as a person is able.

Author:  Mrs. Timmy [ Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

The priest (or, more likely, the DRE) keeps track of the process; all you really need to worry about is fulfilling the steps in the process as you’re advised to take them. When I was undergoing the conversion process (AKA RCIA), the hardest part for me was the waiting (under normal circumstances in the US, the process takes 9-12 months). Of course, your mileage may vary.

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

RCIA is not universally used, and really shouldn't be in the case of a baptized person (even though it often is).

Author:  anawim [ Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

Since nobody would ever jump into marriage suddenly or quickly, neither should anyone convert suddenly or quickly. RCIA, or an equivalent, gives a person an opportunity to explore and be sure it's what you want.

Author:  Highlander [ Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
RCIA is not universally used, and really shouldn't be in the case of a baptized person (even though it often is).

Thank you. One size does not fit all. Going through Alpha before being allowed into RCIA, mandatory in my parish, just about killed it for me.

Author:  Lucian Hodoboc [ Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:13 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

anawim wrote:
Since nobody would ever jump into marriage suddenly or quickly

Why not? If it was someone I'd like and she was a Christian, I'd marry her today. :oops:

Author:  Jack3 [ Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

The person you marry is your partner for life, the mother of your children and someone you're ready to live and die for. The choice of this person shouldn't be made lightly. Many a tear has been shed by people who married too hastily.

Author:  Peregrinator [ Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

Lucian Hodoboc wrote:
Thank you for your answer. Gotta be honest: it sounds quite complicated.

I'm assuming from your profile that you're Eastern Orthodox? I think Orthodox being received into the Church is much simpler than it would be for someone who is not baptized, or who is a baptized Protestant.

Author:  flyingaway [ Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

Lucian Hodoboc wrote:
Thank you for your answer. Gotta be honest: it sounds quite complicated.


to noncatholics, a lot of catholic stuff sounds complicated or whatever..

and even though I have had a lot of problems in the Church (cradle Catholic) I am so thankful I am Catholic and raised that way -- because I have a rather rebellious streak as probably all humans do and if hadn't been taught Catholicism early, probably would have grown up antiCatholic or something. And I would have been the loser (whether i fully realized it or not)

Author:  ThomisticCajunAggie [ Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

Peregrinator wrote:
Lucian Hodoboc wrote:
Thank you for your answer. Gotta be honest: it sounds quite complicated.

I'm assuming from your profile that you're Eastern Orthodox? I think Orthodox being received into the Church is much simpler than it would be for someone who is not baptized, or who is a baptized Protestant.


This is true since we acknowledge the validity of all Eastern Orthodox sacraments, you would probably just need to make a formal profession of the faith. I recommend talking to a local Catholic priest to whom you have access if that's possible. If you are in an area where there are Eastern Catholic Churches (as opposed to just Latin Rite Catholic Churches), this will probably be even more straightforward, because you will be a little more familiar with the liturgy.

Author:  Lucian Hodoboc [ Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

Peregrinator wrote:
I think Orthodox being received into the Church is much simpler than it would be for someone who is not baptized, or who is a baptized Protestant.

Why is that so, my friend? :?

Author:  Jack3 [ Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

The Orthodox have valid Sacraments of initiation

Author:  Peregrinator [ Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conversion to Catholicism

Lucian Hodoboc wrote:
Peregrinator wrote:
I think Orthodox being received into the Church is much simpler than it would be for someone who is not baptized, or who is a baptized Protestant.

Why is that so, my friend? :?

A couple of reasons, one, the Orthodox have valid Sacraments; and two, there is not a wide gulf between the teachings of the Orthodox Churches and those of the Catholic Church.

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