Does a person returning to the Church need to go through RCIA?


Full Question

If a Catholic is returning to the active practice of the faith after having been a member of a different religion, say, Fundamentalism, is he obliged to go through RCIA first or just go to confession?

Answer

It depends on the person's state at the time he left the Catholic Church. If he had been catechized and had received all the sacraments of initiation--baptism, confirmation, Eucharist--then he will normally be able to return by going to confession, mentioning the fact he had joined another church, and being absolved.


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