As someone on my way to Catholicism, I am curious how Catholics present the process of joining the Church to non-believers/members. I can only speak from a Southern Baptist perspective, but I have witnessed other Protestant denominations where the following description applies.
In Protestant denominations like Southern Baptist, a person is usually quoted Romans 10.9 regarding salvation. Often it is followed up with Mark 16.16.
“If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10.9 RSV-2CE)
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16.16 RSV-2CE)
That pretty much covers the requirements for salvation and joining the church. Believe and confess faith in the resurrection. Get baptized. Once those things are done, you are a Christian and a member of the church.
Sometimes churches have a “new believers” class to further educate people, but it is not universal nor mandatory in many churches.
What requirements must someone meet to be considered a Christian and join the Catholic Church? If you were to present the requirements for the Catholic Church in the shortest form possible, what would that be?