Is there a new version of the RCIA?

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3 thoughts on “Is there a new version of the RCIA?”

  1. Angela Hibbard, IHM

    What I fervently hope will remain the same is paragraph38 (and all the places in the Rite where it alluded to.) This is wonderful: “In all the rites the greatest freedom is left in the innvitations and instructoins….” Don’t change it!

  2. Joanna Haston

    Thanks for this explanation, Nick and Diana! It will help all RCIA catechists to understand the past, present and future of the RCIA.

  3. Hi Nick, it’s good to see that you are firing off some loaded questions, so in response here’s a return shot.
    The biggest issue with a new version of the RCIA is not whether we get a new translation from Latin to English, but rather the translation we get from what is written in the current version to what actually happens in the parish. From my observations and discussions that I have with many RCIA parish team members, I suspect a lot haven’t actually read and pondered over how the clauses apply to the entire parish community and each of the inquirers. For example; in many cases we are still at a base level not yet convinced that there are two distinct pathways for catechumens and those already baptised. Many still don’t fully understand that giving knowledge and information in catechetical sessions may just be setting the catechumen or candidate up for failure because there has been no personal encounter with Jesus and his Paschal mystery. I suggest that the messages and the vibe coming from Pope Francis is less about rewriting ritual documents and more about getting our community members to rediscover their encounter with Jesus, discipleship and apostolic work so that as communities we are prepared to evangelise to our inquirers, guiding them into a deep encounter with the Paschal mystery which makes them want to be part of the Church and go out on mission to evangelise and share with others what has changed their life.

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