I’ve been interested in joining the Catholic church for several years. Twice I have enrolled in RCIA classes; one at my school’s university chaplaincy, and a year later at a larger parish nearby. Neither attempt lasted more than a few weeks.
I’m to understand that if you were previously baptised, it is generally accepted by the Catholic church. If you weren’t, a baptism ceremony will happen at some point during the RCIA process. As I was baptised as a teenager, I was told that I couldn’t proceed further without producing my baptismal records. Unfortunately the church I was baptized at has since closed and been demolished. There are no records to obtain.
I explained it to the sister who was running the RCIA class, and she looked at me like I had three heads and said no, I need the baptism record, end of story.
So I’ve kind of fallen between the cracks. I’m not sure what to do, aside from finding another parish and lying about being baptized, and I don’t want to go that route if I can help it.
I’ve heard vague rumors that finding a willing priest could, if they wanted, fast track things… Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, if anyone can explain why a Church that presumably believes in both Heaven and Hell, would be so cavalier about denying someone an eternity with God, all because of missing paperwork. This has baffled me for 4 years now.