This is something I’ve pondered for some time now: Why must one wait so long to be baptized in the Catholic Church?
My husband and I went through the RCIA process, and we were candidates (already baptized) not catechumens. But during our time in RCIA, and now as sponsors, we’ve seen catechumens go through the process.
I understand the length of time needed before confirmation, but I have trouble understanding why we wait so long to baptize adults, especially since we baptize infants.
I understand that infants are baptized based on the faith of their parents/family–but truth be told, I have friends whose children are all baptized Catholics, but they’ve never attended Mass since having children. I think this happens often.
I’ve seen catechumens come into RCIA who are being required to wait so long before baptism, one in particular comes to mind: This person, due to an involuntary action committed a few years back, had a court date come up after about six months into the RCIA process, and the result of that trial was prison time. This person will hopefully continue the RCIA process in prison, but all I could think is why couldn’t we allow this person to be baptized so he could have this important sacrament?