[quote="nightrider009, post:1, topic:299555"]
Hi. I am Oriental Orthodox and am considering converting to Catholic. Can you please answer a few questions for me.
What is the procedure of conversion? Would I be baptized again, or would I give confession of faith? Can I convert right away, or will the priest have me wait a few weeks?
If I give confession of faith, does the priest give some sort of absolution afterwards? (This question is most important)
Also, I am under the impression that the Oriental Orthodox church is excommunicated/anathematized from the Catholic church. Is that correct? (This question is very important)
Also, are eastern Catholics in full communion and insubmission to the pope of Rome? In other words, can they be considered equivalent of Roman Catholic.
Being a cradle Latin-Rite Catholic, I only know the basics, but here's this:
1.) Considering that you're Oriental Orthodox, it's probably best to talk with either the pastor or the religious education head because you might already have a valid baptism and Chrismation/Confirmation at hand, and then all you would need to do is make a profession of faith. But all of that would depend on how much you know about the Faith and its particular theology -- in that case, you may get lumped into RCIA just so they can make sure you know your stuff before joining.
2.) This one I'm not so sure. Now, perhaps if a person was raised Catholic, became Baptist, and then came back, it could be the case, but I don't know what Father would do with a person who's Orthodox. . . .
3.) I am also not sure on this one: I've tried to Google this (since I know that the churches did split over Council of Chalcedon), but I couldn't find anything clear on their *present *status -- are there any Eastern Catholics who could probably answer this question better?
^Wait, scratch that. I think the poster above me just answered that question! Man, I post too slow . . . . :p
4.) Yes, Eastern Catholics are in full communion with the Holy See, submit to the Pope, and are considered equal to the majority-population Latin Rite. :thumbsup:
Oh, and here's another thread dealing with Orthodox folks that may help you here: forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=208022
But do ask your Catholic priest though -- he'll be able to steer you in the right direction! And good luck in your conversion! :D