This page on Christian initiation is offered in each issue of The Sower as an on-going way to address specific questions that do not necessarily get addressed in more general articles and training resources. The questions all come straight from the field, and have two sources: 1) from readers like you; 2) from issues raised during seminars conducted by the Association for Catechumenal Ministry (ACM) over the past ten years in various dioceses.
In this issue we address the following questions:
Q. Why does a Catholic have to pay so much money to get an annulment?
Q. What ceremonies normally make up the Preparation Rites? When would they normally take place?
Q. What cycle (A, B, or C) is intended for use with the Scrutinies and the Penitential Rite.
Q. You have an inquirer who is known to be living with his girlfriend. How and when should this issue be handled in the RCIA process, and by whom? How should the RCIA team be told to relate to this pastoral situation? Are there any directives/guidelines for this situation?