Q. 1. What is the Catholic Church approach regarding the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) when it concerns seniors of advanced age or poor health?
A. 1. In its wisdom the Catholic Church considered the needs of the seniors when it wrote No. 331 of the document of the R.C.I.A. In extraordinary circumstances, the local Bishop may permit a shorter form of the R.C.I.A. to consist in the abbreviated form of the rites..., these being carried out in one celebration.”
Naturally the Church would take into consideration the Catholic knowledge of the person who wants to convert to the Catholic faith. Someone who has gone to Church for years with his Catholic spouse would be at a greater advantage than a person walking off the street and having little knowledge of the faith. While in the first case, it would only require an interview to identify the Catholic knowledge of the person, in the last case, it may require three to six months of indoctrination versus the normal expectation of an entire year.