Originally Posted by rcn
...As I understand it, RCIA is really supposed to be ONLY for the unbaptized. Baptized non-Catholic Christians are not supposed to have to go through it, although in many parishes they are forced to. But I don't think any parish will ask Catholics who've received First Communion to do so....
It depends what is meant by "RCIA".
The book "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" includes sections on the preparation for Catholics and non-Catholics who have been baptised. They are not too different to what happens for the unbaptised. Some extracts:
"4 PREPARATION OF UNCATECHIZED ADULTS FOR CONFIRMATION AND EUCHARIST
376 The following pastoral guidelines concern adults who were baptised as infants but did not receive further catechetical formation nor, consequently, the sacraments of confirmation and eucharist. ...".
This is open to debate. If someone has not received confirmation, then they have not received "confirmation and eucharist". So arguable the guideline that follow apply to them.
"377. ... A programme of training, catechesis suited to their needs, contact with the community of the faithful, and participation in certain liturgical rites are needed in order to strengthen them in the Christian life.
378 For the most part the plan of catechesis corresponds to the one laid down for catechumens (see no. 75,1). But in the process of catechesis the priest, deacon, or catechist should take into account that these adults have a special status because they are already baptised. ...
381 The period of preparation is made holy by means of liturgical celebrations. The first of these is a rite by which the adults are welcomed into the community and acknowledge themselves to be part of it because they have already been marked with the seal of baptism. ...
385 The high point of their entire formation will normally be the Easter Vigil. At that time they will make a profession of the faith in which they were baptised, receive the sacrament of confirmation, and take part in the eucharist. If, because neither the bishop nor another authorized minister is present, confirmation cannot be given at the Easter Vigil, it is to be celebrated as soon as possible and, if this can be arranged, during the Easter season."
For baptised non-Catholics:
"391 The baptised Christian is to receive both doctrinal and spiritual preparation, adapted to individual pastoral requirements, for reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. The candidate should learn to deepen an inner adherence to the Church, where he or she will find the fulness of his or her baptism. During the period of preparation the candidate may share in worship in conformity witli the provisions of the Ecumenical Directory. Anything that would equate candidates for reception with those who are catechumens is to be absolutely avoided."
The RCIA book approved for Australia, England and the USA makes allowances for the ceremony of Reception to take place at the Easter Vigil.
The above extracts are from RCIA introductions for England and Wales, which can be downloaded from http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/liturg...tual.html#RCIA
. The paragraph numbers for the USA edition are different.