Can one believe in reincarnation and still be a member in good standing in the Catholic Church?
I’m curious because it seems to me that according to the CCC, one commits a sin (venial? mortal? which one) if one does not believe in certain dogmas of the Church. I assume that belief in “one life, that’s it!” is a dogma of the Church. So, belief in reincarnation would probably be a sin.
OK, now, since the Church is composed of sinners (liars, thieves, adulterers, idolaters…you know who you are…), then belief in reincarnation would not be any more (or less, I guess) of a sin than the others. I guess such belief would still require confession, but I could imagine someone thinking, “Well, if I have to keep confessing this particular sin of believing in reincarnation each month for the rest of my life, so be it!”
Any thoughts would be gladly appreciated.