I’ve been in a RCIA program since last year, too. My, what a thing this RCIA is!
I know that I am in an utter state of confusion right now. If I had to say what religion I was at this point, I’d say, “becoming Catholic”, the same as last August or so.
Now, I am going to persevere with this, and I am going to get through this task. Understand, however, that this is what becoming a Catholic is these days - it’s a task. I have weekly RCIA meetings that I have to attend, despite the fact that my job takes me all over the place with little notice.
I really enjoy the RCIA classes when I can get to them, by the way, and I can’t stand it when I have to beg off because of schedule conflicts (which are regrettably legion).
I’ve missed half of them due to job demands, and as of this year I’m on track to pretty much miss all of them (I’ve got a 6-month deployment to an inhospitable and un-Christian place looming).
I suppose the RCIA structure is going to break down for me, and I will have to try again next season. That’s not so bad from my perspective since I do like the classes and I have patience. I’ll go another year of “becoming Catholic”.
All this does seem absurd to me, however, coming from an evangelical Protestant background. Why can’t we, if you give me the ‘we’ and think of me as a Catholic, open arms and bring people on-board so to speak, then work with them?
RCIA resembles a trial in many potentially off-putting respects, as attested by the absence of several people who started with me last year and have not been seen again for RCIA.
RCIA, a great program as a teaching tool in my estimation, does present a too-high barrier for entry to the Catholic faith, which is a shame.
RCIA is a great idea, but with big, big issues if you ask me. You don’t grow a church or any enterprise) by putting up such huge entry barriers, that’s just a cold, hard fact.