I’ve been reading ‘Catholicism for Dummies’ by Fr. Trigilio and really like it. But, he confuses me right off the bat…on page 13 he gives the ‘minimum requirements for being a Catholic’ and then lists the 6 precepts of the Church (attend Mass on Sunday and holy days, confession annually, receiving Holy Communion during Easter, observe laws on fasting and abstinence, obey marriage laws of the Church, support the Church financially).
Is this really all that is ‘needed to be a Catholic’ once you’re received into the Church? i know in our church, for example, when adults are received at the Easter Vigil, they are asked if thye agree to accept all the teachings of the Church. And, according to a question I asked on the ‘Ask Apologist’ forum, we should not be receiving Communion if we do not submit to the Church’s teachings (on abortion, birth control, Mary, meaning of the Eucharist, etc.) If that’s the case, how can the minimum Catholic requirements only be adhering to the 6 precepts? Does anyone know what Fr. Trigillio means by this?