Episode 73: Six things every RCIA team needs to know about the Bible

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In this edition, Nick and Diana will take a look at the Bible and some points that the United States bishops give us for reading the Bible.

Be sure to grab a seat for Sunday Brunch, and we will serve you three delicious bites from the readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (A).

And we also answer a listener question about the legality of confirmation and who can confirm at the Easter Vigil.


Resources mentioned in this episode

Understanding the Bible (USCCB)

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) image posted by TeamRCIAIf you would like to know more about the Bible, check out this webinar recording: “What your RCIA team needs to know about the Bible.” Click here for more information.


Listen to these additional podcasts:

  1. Episode 121: Why the church returned to the norm of adult baptism
  2. Episode 120: Four key markers that identify us as true Christians
  3. Episode 119: The ancient truth about the church that Vatican II revealed
  4. Episode 118: How God speaks to us today
  5. Episode 117: Three words in the Creed that caused the great schism between East and West






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  1. With regards to the question of valid confirmation, the RCIA state the following. I found #11 quite interesting.

    The National Statutes for the Catechumenate (Appendix III)
    Minister of Baptism and Confirmation
    11. The diocesan bishop is the proper minister of the sacraments of initiation for adults, including children of catechetical age, in accord with canon 852:1. If he is unable to celebrate the sacraments of initiation with all the candidates of the local church, he should at least celebrate the rite of election or enrollment of names, ordinarily at the beginning of Lent, for the catechumens of the diocese.
    12. Priest who do not exercise a pastoral office but participate in a catechumenal program require a mandate from the diocesan bishop if they are to baptize adults; they then do not require any additional mandate or authorization in order to confirm, but have the faculty to confirm from the law, as do priest who baptize adults in the exercise of their pastoral office.
    13. Since those who have the faculty to confirm are bound to exercise it in accord with canon 885:2, and may not be prohibited from using the faculty, a diocesan bishop who is desirous of confirming neophytes should reserve to himself the baptism of adults in accord with canon 863.
    28. Priests mentioned in canon 883:2 also have the faculty to confirm (a) in the case of the readmission to communion of a baptized Catholic who has been an apostate from the faith and also (b) in the case of a baptized Catholic who has without fault been instructed in a non-Catholic religion or adhered to a non-Catholic religion, but (c) not in the case of a baptized Catholic who without his or her fault never put the faith into practice.

    Canon 883 The following have the faculty of administering confirmation by the law itself:
    1. Within the limits of their territory, those who are equivalent in law to the diocesan bishop;
    2. With regard to the person in question, the presbyter who by reason of office or mandate of the diocesan bishop baptizes one who is no longer an infant or one already baptized whom he admits into the full communion of the Catholic Church;
    3. With regards to those in danger of death, the pastor or indeed any presbyter.

  2. I find the podcasts not just informative but, reaffirming. Sometimes it just nice to have your thoughts and understanding of things reaffirmed by others who are more qualified.

  3. Episode 73: 6 Things every RCIA team needs to know about the Bible. This is a powerful wonderful teaching on learning how to read and share the Holy Word of GOD. Thank you for putting this all together. Very helpful. Rita Marie

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